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With the implementation of afforestation plans from 1989 a quarter of the Danish landscape will become forest during the 21st century. During the 20th century forest was primarily a landscape of production outside the city, but a distinct change is taking place. In Denmark, as in most Western societies, urban populations are growing, the footprints of the cities are expanding, and the distinction between city and landscape has become blurred. One result of the blurring of distinctions is that public afforestation in Denmark is no longer determined only from a productivity perspective but also from a natural and recreational one. However, most forestry processes do not consider this change directly, and are grounded in a tradition of production landscapes, separate and distinct from the city and its residents. Landscape laboratories offer excellent testing grounds for destabilizing dichotomies (inside/outside, natural/manmade, etc.) in future urban landscapes. In his lecture Stefan Darlan Boris will discuss this urban transformation and present the ongoing development of the Aarhus Landscape Laboratory on Eskelund, a 30 ha site in the Aarhus River Valley. It is the fourth landscape laboratory to be established in the Nordic countries and has a strong focus on urban nature, landscape design and biodiversity. The project is a cross-disciplinary platform for the municipality, public interests and a series of teaching- and research institutions in Aarhus. It was initiated because of a common understanding between the project partners that nature lacks space in the city.