An interactive journey through space, time, and ideas

Interactive web documentary - 2017 | 21:32

MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Cambridge, MA & Malmo, Sweden

Directed by: Anne Whiston Spirn

Multimedia: John Moody

Web-interface & design: Zhao Ma, Halla Moore

Marnas, the garden laboratory of landscape architect Sven-Ingvar Andersson, is a landmark of design and a masterful interplay between theory and practice. In 1965, SIA laid out the initial garden. Two years later, he published a witty manifesto in which he criticized designers for producing finished works, where every detail is fixed.


Instead, he advocated an open framework in which details evolve in response to changing needs and desires. From 1965 until his death in 2007, Andersson documented the evolution of the garden in thousands of photographs. In books and essays, he reflected on what he learned from the process.

Our goal with this website is to provide an immersive, interactive experience of Marnas in space and time, to enable the visitor to wander through the garden as it existed during its designer’s lifetime and to feel the interplay between garden form, ideas, and the practice of gardening.


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