Fosie is subjected to flooding. Increasing amount of water is becoming a common
problem for the people operating in Fosie. The subject of flooding is also targeted by
the city of Malmø, incorporated in superior plans concerning the handling of water for
the whole city.
Excess waterlevels are thought to be related to environmental changes of which Fosie
has lacking adapting capacity to comprehend. Attributes and spatial identifications of
the area should be approached to increase the adapting capacity for water.
we shall not cease from exploration
and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time.
“Identifying those elements, forces and energies which
are genuinely determining the spatial performens of a
Diffuse land in between Alotment gardens
Farmed land Riding facility
Trees Hard surfaces
Newly developed Schools
vacuum - heavily present
inbetween spaces searching for meaning
The water collection area of Risebergabäcken in Fo-
sie is 330 hectars (outlined in blue).
According to Malmö city Risebergabäcken has a
capacity of 1,5 litres of water per hectar per minute.
However, in wet periods the stream reveives over 15
litres per hectar per minute, more than 10 times the
As a consequence Risebergabäcken can reveive
4500 litres more than its capacity every minute when
very wet. Or 270 000 litres every hour.
water collection area and waterflow; Risebergabäcken, Fosie
The fragmented picture of Fosie/Fredriksberg shows that there is a variety of qualities within the area.
Looking to Inaki Abalos and his frase “I prefer not to”;
how can Fosie be transformed to a “waterresistant” location without loosing its identity?
Is it possible to maintain roads, give companies leverage to continue and simultaneously convert the area to
a well functioning water retention spot?
- keep exhisting wood/trees can be kept as they retain water and slows evaporation
- change parking lots can get permeable surfaces that soaks up water
- change exhisting bulidings can be converted to “green roof” buildings
- add farmland and left over spaces are suitable for introducing water retention ponds, permaculture
farming and human activity
Retention pond Risebergabäcken Prison
10 m 50 m
Lake Fosie - retention basin Risebergabäcken Gravel company
10 m 50 m
Alotment garden Forrest gardening/permaculture Risebergabäcken Parking
10 m 50 m
Exhisting wood kept and further developed.
picture shows present “woodstock”
2m flood control sone
bank stabilisation (plants & groundcovers) NEW SITUATION
square -like shape PRESENT
prone to ersion
green roofs can consume 50 % of
adding green roofs rainwater, and retain the following
20 % of ground covered by flat roof
buildings in the water collection area in in heavy rain 66 hectars receives
Fosie 990 litres of water every minute,
a total of 66 hectars rooftops 495 litres consumed by green roof
reducing overall pressure on
Risebergabäcken by 10 %
PARKING permeable surfaces
treats runoff water
permeable surface and plants slow water flow
Risebergabäcken create lake
critical point for covering critical
500 m creating a lake will help increase
and reintroduse biodiversity to
3,5 - 4 hectars
RETENTION BASIN PONDS/LAKE
menbrane seals bottom
and creates permanent
excavating ponds and lake leaves large amounts
of soil - can mould new landscape
The flooding as well as the suggested architectural steps,
effects landowners, puplic management, businesses, the prison,
kindergartens and schools as well as individuals. Through the
involment of the above mentioned, incorporating biological,
social, economic, technical and cultural systems, new structures
can emerge pinpointing possibilities waiting to be explored.
New communication channels can apear.
Approaching Fosie as a mosaic structure while processing
spatial interventions, new ways of understanding can be
discovered. As such the development of waterways establishes
new meeting points. Directly - by making space accessible,
secondly by inviting the community to participate rather than
have the roll of a passive audience. A demanding process - no
doubt, as it involves many different sectors and individuals with
different goals and focus points. It’s a challenge - daring the
planners, architects and the users of Fosie to step out of their
own enclosed hierarchies to be active participants in the search
to prevent flooding. Through flexibility and evolving strategies,
spatial interventions can provide participation and approaches
nor yet identified. It is an approach to meet the demands of
environmental changes with solutions and consciences beyond
water management alone.
- unforeseen result of harvesting wasteland.