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Gunilla Lindholm

Gunilla Lindholm
Gunilla Lindholm is a landscape architect (Master of Science in Landscape Architecture 1983), Dr of Agronomy (1995) and docent (2020). Her employment at LAPF in Alnarp consists of 50% teaching and 50% research. Her main interest, which has led to different thematical studies, is the relationship between the experienced landscape and its representations in policy documents, and urban planning, design and management, in writing and images.


In my PhD project I tried to understand schoolyards from the point of view of understanding the significance of surroundings for children’s play and activities. As a side effect I was strongly intrigued by the gap between the “ideas and representations of children’s environment” on the one hand, and “the actual meaning and significance of the same environment, for the children themselves”. These disconnections/misunderstandings between actual landscapes and their representations have followed me through research on green infrastructure and urban planning and more recently transformation of urban landscapes, fostering a methodology of ‘transdisciplinary design’(TD) in order to use design thinking to link spatial and temporal data, actors’ and users perspectives, as well as site-context-vision-loops.

Selected publications

Lindholm, G., Kristensson E. och Nilsson K.1988. Växter som vindskydd, (Vegetation as shelterbelts) Stad&Land nr 62, 1988, SLU, Alnarp

Lindholm, G. 1995. Skolgården - vuxnas bilder, barnets miljö. (The schoolyarrd - adults’ pictures, the child’s environment.)Dissertation. Stad&Land 129. SLU, Alnarp

Lindholm, G. 1995. Schooyards - the significance of place properties to outdoor activities in schools. Environment & Behavior, vol 23, nr 3, s 259-293

Lindholm, G. 1998. I cortilio scolastici in Svezia, immagini degli adulti e ambiente dei bambini, in: Gli spazi verdi il gioco dei bambini, Romitti I. & Petrella F. (ed), p 117- 126.Giurno

Lindholm, G. 2001. En stad är inte en myrstack. (A city is not an anthill), chapter in ”Att forska om gränser” (Research about borders) ed. J.L. Ramirez, NORDREGIO

Lindholm, G, 2002, Kunskapsverkstad som redskap i fysisk planering - en diskussion kring förhållningssätt och rolltagande, i: Interaktiv forskning - för utveckling av teori och praktik, Svensson, L, Brulin, G, Ellström, P-E & Widegren Ö (red), Arbetsliv i omvandling 2002:7, Arbetslivsinstitutet. Stockholm

Lindholm, G., 2002, Green structure as activity and as object - implications for urban planning, Nordisk Arkitekturforskning, vol 15, 2002:1, s 41-49

Werquin, A.C., Duhem, B., Lindholm, G., Oppermann, B., Pauleit, S., Tjallingii, S.,(eds.) 2005. COST Action C11 Green Structure and Urban Planning - Final Report (438 pages) OPOCE

Lindholm, G: 2012. Fear of Nature. Conference Review. Journal of Landscape Architecture, Issue 12, Spring 2012. Routledge, p 88

Lindholm, G: 2012. ‘Visible gestures’: On urban landscape perspectives in planning. Planning Theory, Vol 11(1), pp 5-19.

Lindholm, G., 2015. Beyond Green: Thinking Across Scales and Categories. In: Diedrich, Kahn, A, Dahl, C (eds) Site-Specific Design: Driving Force for Harbour Transformation. LTV Publication Series 2015:27, pp 49-51

Diedrich L., Kahn A. & Lindholm G: 2016. Beyond Best Practice– revaluing mindsets and models in harbour transformation, Portus Plus the Journal,RETE, Vol 6, 1-8

Lindholm, G., 2016. Svensk landskapsurbanism. I: Drougge, Å., Kling, A. & Westermark, K. (red.) Landskap Nu!, s 86-89

Diedrich, L., Dahl, C., Kahn, A. & Lindholm, G., 2016. Möten i hamnen - nu, på lång sikt och i mellantiden. I: Drougge, Å., Kling, A. & Westermark, K. (red.) Landskap Nu!, s 52-55

Lindholm, G, 2016. “Over and over again: iterative method and ancient resource management shaping new collaborative sustain-ability.” Accepted paper for the JPI Urban Europe Symposium “Urban Transition Pathways”, Brussels, October 27

Lindholm, G: 2017. “The Implementation of Green Infrastructure: Relating a General Concept to Context and Site. Sustainability 9 (4) 610- , special issue on “Nature Based Solutions for Urban Challenges”.

Lindholm, G: 2018. Book review: “The Landscape Architecture of Richard Haag: From Modern Space to Urban Ecological Design” by Thaïsa Way, 2015, Journal of Landscape Architecture, 13:2, 86-87

Lindholm, G: 2019. “Land and Landscape; Linking Use, Experience and Property Development in Urban Areas”. Land 8 (9) 137-

Blomberg, P., Aldman, K., Lindholm, G., Dahl, C. & Klein, H: 2020. Grönplanering – en handledning.  Kristianstads kommun & Tankesmedjan MOVIUM, SLU.


Non employee at the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
Telephone: +4640415429
Postal address:
Box 57
23053 Alnarp
Visiting address: Pomonavägen 4, Alnarp