Cleaner Art Space with NoMadSpceLab

•June 20, 2012 • Leave a Comment

NoMadSpaceLab and friends have engaged in an exhibition project named Cleaner Art Space, defined as a gallery on critical urbanism. Cleaner Art Space is a crowd sourced pop-in gallery located in the Eco & More flagship store in Shanghai.

In its nature of being an invader of a space with different program Cleaner Art Space aims at reaching an audience that not necessarily is prepared for its presence. The nature of the exhibition aims at blending into its parent space however uses the instability of its presence to provoke a thought from its spectator.

Cleaner Art Space is a gallery on critical urbanism which aims at accumulating, categorizing, and formalizing ideas and experiences observed within our built (and not built) environment. It aims at questioning the conventional and exposing interesting, peculiar, and self initiated occurrences within society and ecology.

Focus is on creating exhibitions and discussion that are thought provoking but still accessible for the general audience.


•June 17, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The increasing one way flow of energy from nature to the build environment is challenging the biological cycles of the natural world. This is felt in cities like Shanghai where the connection to nature is almost lost, the use of renewable energy sources is absent and heavy pollution is part of people’s everyday life.

TransPLANTation is a vision for a better and more sustainable future in Shanghai and is developed by NoMadSpaceLab in collaboration with Estonian architect Helina Lass as an entry for the international competition “RE-THINKING SHANGHAI 2012.  


The transplantation will provide reclamation of the city, natural cycles, water systems and the spatial environment in a sustainable way through a complex network of biological, chemical and spatial processes deriving from and through nature. Hence the transplantation will link various natural cycles to architecture and people and form a whole new integrated system of city and nature.

The project site is located at the intersection of Baiyu Lu and Guangfu Lu and represents a characteristic urban setting in Shanghai. A contemporary gated compound with residential high-rise towers as opposed to a dense cluster of old narrow streets surrounded by low-rise buildings. The segregation among people from the lively narrow streets and the empty large spaces around the residential towers is underlined by the enormous height difference between the buildings. Through the transplantation the two areas will be physically connected and spatial quality will be improved through the implant’s multiple functions as greenery and urban furniture.


The various elements of the plant each have different bio-chemical functions. The vegetal skin wraps the buildings and creates suitable microclimatic conditions for the indoor spaces according to various seasons. At the same time the large EPIDERMIS surface cleans the air pollution through a series of chemical and biological processes. The ABSORBER is cleaning polluted soil and simultaneously managing and processing waste produced in the area. The COROLLA works as main collector of both rainwater and solar rays. The solar collection is transformed into energy through biological processes taking place inside the plant. The RHIZOME is rooted in Suzhou Creek and cleans the polluted water through chemical processes, which concurrently produces energy. All the energy, water and waste produced and processed in the various cycles and systems of the plant are connected and distributed through the plant’s TRACHEIDs.

Fancy a bag?

•January 30, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The guys at Monu magazine are expanding their publishing business to involve a shopping bag. Coincidently I found my name on it, so here is a link for you to get hold of your own limited edition MONU magazine shopping bag.. with print.

NoMadSpaceLab exhibited in Copenhagen

•July 12, 2011 • Leave a Comment

NoMadSpaceLab’s design proposal for new activities along Sivegaden in Ørestad City is currently exhibited in the Mountain Dwellings building in Copenhagen. The proposal was developed as a countribution to the design competition “Byrum for Livet”, which was initiated as a response to the empty streets and lack of urban life in Ørestaden.

Design and influence the urban spaces and green areas and use the city as it suits you best! This is the overall idea of the design proposal for the area. To connect the area NoMadSpaceLab designed a coherent wooden structure, which also functions as the main element that will add more greenery to the area. Throughout the year flowers can be added, moved around and you can create your own patterns and caves with different greenery. It will be up to the users of the area to initiate various activities along the canal, while the structure creates the overall framework for a flexible citylife where, for instance, people can build their own garden, use it for playing and climbing, for seating and relaxing, for sunbathing etc.

The open and flexible structure allows users to define new activities in the city and tell their own stories. It helps the users creating an area that can be changed and adjusted according to each person’s specific needs.

MONU 11 reprinted

•February 14, 2011 • Leave a Comment


MONU 11 on Clean Urbanism has been reprinted. If you did not get a chance to acquire a copy in the first place you are lucky to get the possibility now. The mag is full of interesting articles among these is the opening essay by Samo Pedersen of NoMadSpaceLab. Browse through the magazine on youtube.

Botanical Highway

•February 14, 2011 • Leave a Comment


Together with our friends at DoUC we have developed a concept for a stretch of decommissioned highway in Calabria. The highway runs for 10km from the town of Scilla to Bagnara.

The Botanical Highway is a response to societies changing attitudes towards the way we understand and view the natural landscape and local culture. It attempts to create a series of different interconnected events, experiences, production methods, and mobility options, which will transform the Autostrada del Sole into a new kind of park suitable for the 21st century. Botanical Highway allows the user to customize their own programatic experience by creating a multiplicity of activities and mobility methods, which constantly transforms the character of the park. For some the park is a place of knowledge by experiencing local food production. For others it is a place to experience an active lifestyle by exploring the various bike trails, bungee jumping points, and the opportunity to scale the Favazzina Viaduct. This method of programatic customization allows the park to constantly respond and change to the needs of the individual user.


Key Elements of Botanical Highway Botanical Highway does not rely on the concept of sustainability, but instead incorporates it in a number of different ways through both its design and program. By connecting with the already existing natural and physical relationships which surround the Autostrada del Sole, physical interventions will have a minimal impact on both the natural environment and the local population. Proposed agricultural interventions build upon and enhance local fauna and production methods. All forms of proposed transportation and infrastructure will be powered by renewable energy, whose power sources are located along the route. A New Story for the Autostrada del Sole Botanical Highway will become a new destination gateway for the south. Commuters, locals, and visitors will experience the landscape and the unique culture of the region in a way they never have before.



NoMadSpaceLab in Arkitekten

•December 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Just a short notice on publicity.. which we like in our quest to become ‘Americas next Starchitect’. Today I got a message from a friend, who was reading about NoMadSpaceLab in the Danish architects’ association magazine ‘Arkitekten‘. The news had spread on forehand to the space lab headquarters however we have not yet received a copy here in Shanghai. We look forward to the article and reading the December 2010 issue of Arkitekten.

Since we are at the short notices, here a few words on our schedule. Lene Zingenberg has recently held presentations at universities in Ningbo and Suzhou and in the following week Samo Pedersen will have a presentation at Shanghai  University.

We are currently working on a few publications that hopefully will go to print in the beginning of the new year. Further we are hoping to find time to do a competition in the near future. Thats it for now I think.

The Pop-up City

•December 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The Pop-up city is a Dutch online magazine devoted to exploration of temporalities within urbanism and architecture and how urban spaces of today and tomorrow are exploring flexibility, augmentation, technology, fluidity, and accompanying interventions.

NoMadSpaceLab is in its nature very interested in aforementioned topics and therefore delighted for contributing to The Pop-up city. As we are based in Shanghai our main focus will be on pop-ups in China and immediate surroundings. We are looking froward to a long collaboration with the Dutch guys from Golfstromen, behind the Pop-up City Project, and the magazine’s international contributors.

“Network society of bad space” in On Site 24

•November 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

On Site, Canadian independent journal on arts and architecture, issue 24 on migration is hitting the streets. As we are excited to get hold of some copies here in Shanghai, NoMadSpaceLab is also proud of contributing once again with written work to the journal. “Network society of bad space” is a comment on settling with something that never really satisfy you, while building castles in the sky.. or in Croatia. And once more we would like to remind that if you do not yet have a subscription it is time to get one.

Building China and workshopping UN Pavilion

•November 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Even though the blog is hungry for new posts things are not standing still in NoMadSpaceLand. Among the stuff that has kept us busy are a few new publications and workshops.

UN ESCAP and GrAT organized the ICSAD workshop on developing ideas for a sustainable residential program for the Philippine homeless community in San Isidro. The workshop took place in the UN Pavilion of EXPO2010 Shanghai. Samo Pedersen was honored to participate as table host and being able to get inspired by the many creative solutions proposed. The day was also used to celebrate the participants and winners of the 3rd International student competition on sustainable architecture and design leading up to the workshop.

A visiting group of around 45 Danish architects were introduced to architecture in Shanghai at the Building China seminar organized by the Copenhagen Urban Network, Innovation Center Denmark, and the Danish Consulate in Shanghai. Samo of  the SpaceLab was invited speaker at the seminar and contributed with a presentation of the title ‘Speed and Story’. Among others the seminar also offered presentations by the architects Lars Gitz (Lars Gitz Architects) and Jonas Berglund (Kragh & Berglund Landscape Architects).

Even though we get to update the blog a bit in the next couple of days this does not mean that we are retiring from our space travels in the late fall. Therefore keep visiting our blog. Thank you.