Case #3: Healing architecture in the landscape – Faaborg-Midtfyn Municipality and Bramstrup Estate

Designing healing architecture and local presence


Faaborg-Midtfyn is an area on Funen, which covers several smaller towns. “On Funen, everything is a little different” the artist Carl Nielsen once said about the region. What makes Faaborg-Midtfyn something special and different? Arts, nature, proximity, community and health all play a role in defining the towns of the region. But what story describes the authenticity of the region?

Key issues

Case #3 of Sprout Talent Week is about defining the distinctive identity of the region, and thereafter manifesting that identity in two landmarks. The two landmarks will be placed in each area: Aarslev,by Polymeren, and Bramstrup Estate, by Nr. Lyndelse. The Aarslev area is a burgeoning urban suburb where residents enjoy a close social unity and a sense of joy and vitality. Bramstrup Gods surrounding landscape provides a rich natural setting, bringing health and well-being to local residents. In return, residents care for nature and the local habitat.

Desired outcome

  • Site-specific qualities because the towns have historical features that play a role in defining the distinctive identity of the region.
  • Reflection because the landmarks tell a story of the regions past that consist of an inherent reflection of the region. At the same time the landmarks can also generate a reflection within the individual that is in contact with the landmarks.
  • For the landscapes landmark, sustainability consists of something that protects and conserves nature’s origins and potentials – from which human beings obtain well-being. For the urban landmark, sustainability consists of a social aspect where citizens create a quality of life through cohesion.

The two landmarks can have many different designs. Whether they become a prototype, an idea catalogue, something physical or a sketch of an annually recurring event is something that the participants of the innovation week will decide in collaboration.

Key words: landmark, landscape, urban, cultural roots, history, protection of nature, coherence, sustainability

Lab Facilitator

This year, the Innovation Labs will be lead by four international professional facilitators from the Institute without Boundaries (IwB), based in Toronto. The IwB employs and trains professionals and postgraduate students from various disciplines. As a top design training and research centre, the IwB is committed to collaborative and interdisciplinary design practice, in order to create innovative local solutions to 21st century global challenges.

Robert Giusti, Faculty, George Brown College and Special Projects Associate, Institute without Boundaries.

Robert has educational and professional experience in design disciplines including architecture, exhibit design, urban planning, and interdisciplinary design strategy. He is actively involved in applied research projects that leverage design thinking tools and methodologies to solve complex problems and generate ideas that push the envelope, stimulate intellect and actively experiment with new ways of thinking.

He has participated in, organised and facilitated international design charrettes in Chile, New York, Chicago and Milan, bringing his knowledge in design research, sustainability and systems thinking to inspire and develop solutions to 21st century global challenges. Robert is also teaching Information and Communication Design at the Interaction Design (IxD) program at George Brown College.

Robert is a certified LEED Green Associate at the U.S. Green Building Council with an expertise in the design and construction phases of green buildings, serving the commercial, residential, education and healthcare sectors.

Robert holds a diploma of Architectural Technology and Bachelor of Applied Technology. Finally, he has completed a postgraduate study at the Institute without Boundaries that explored sustainable design and culture through a holistic, systems approach.

Christopher Pandolfi, Principal, Department of Unusual Certainties, Academic Lead, Institute without Boundaries.

Christopher Pandolfi is a designer and educator, based in Toronto, ON. For the past seven years he has been the principal and director of Department of Unusual Certainties (DoUC), a Toronto-based creative studio who fuse natural curiosity with strategic thinking to design experiences, spaces and visualizations that engage communities and inspire conversation and action. The studio’s hope is to affect the social good through design of the physical world with its work. Christopher is the Academic Lead and Major Project faculty at the Institute without Boundaries (IwB), a masters program based in Toronto, ON with a focus on using interdisciplinary design methods to create different design outcomes through systems and design thinking. Recently, Christopher has also started teaching in both the undergraduate and postgraduate progams in Interaction Design at the Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology at George Brown College.

Currently his studio is working on a mix of projects that involve the design of public spaces that better integrate storm water management into people’s everyday lives, working on the question “what is the designer’s role in understanding issues around privacy?”, and creating an interactive network to better connect rural residents with the justice system.

Advisory Board

Based on relevant academic or practice-based experiences, an interdisciplinary group of experts is connected to each lab, with the purpose of guiding and inspiring the focus and work of the participants. Advisors will join the lab on-site during 1-3 sessions, where they will give direct feedback on ideas and work in progress, presented by participants.

Erling Hjernø

Erling Hjernø

Cofunder, MeWe Space
Hanne Bat Finke

Hanne Bat Finke

Researcher PHD Student, University of Southern Denmark
Julie Kjær-Madsen

Julie Kjær-Madsen

Owner and Innovation Consultant, Loop Company
Simon Møberg Torp

Simon Møberg Torp

Dean at University of Southern Denmark

Hanne Raunsmed

Hanne Raunsmed

Project manager at Faaborg-Midtfyn Municipality
Ida-Marie Vorre

Ida-Marie Vorre

Curator at Odense City Museums

Niels Langkilde

Owner of Bramstrup Estate

Case Partners