On April 20, in Leuven, Belgium, I presented my experiences with successful co-creative planning projects to researchers and project developers of the Department Omgeving of Vlaanderen – and we had a great discussion on the role of walking, engagement and metaphors in those projects. It became clear that it is crucial to creatively implement the European Landscape Convention searching for ways to understand landscapes “as areas as perceived by people”. It´s a great chance to bring regional landscape planning alive.
… with a text on walking as research method by Rudi van Etteger and me. Walking, in our view, holds great promise for obtaining knowledge to inform the design of complex landscapes, and walking can be profitably used in the context of research through designing. Walking is especially suitable for answering research questions dealing with complex and unfamiliar tasks that require engagement with the object of research in order to understand and frame the problem properly. The book was edited by Adri van den Brink, Diedrich Bruns, Hilde Tobi and Simon Bell. Research in Landscape Architecture. Methods and Methodology.
Walkable and multidimensional public space is key to sustainable urban villages, especially in the rapidly urbanising city of Shenzhen, China. In his talk at this year meeting of the alumni of “Zukunftsbrücke. Chinese-German young professional campus”, Shi Jian, curator and strategy director of ISREADING CULTURE Beijing, presented a fascinating analysis of urban growth in Shenzhen and showed projects of sustainable urban development. In Shenzhen house prizes almost doubled during the last year and a key question is: What is the right strategy to make megacities sustainable and resilient without loosing regional identity and compromising on public space?
How can we understand landscape as complex, ever changing object without simplifying it or isolating aspects? How can researchers understand particularities and ephemeral aspects of landscapes? To these questions I proposed answers in my talk at ECLAS-Conference in Rapperswill. For the participants of the Doctoral Colloquium I try to specify what design research could look like.
Teaching at summerschool “Update Wolfach”: Students from different disciplinary backgrounds met in the lovely black forest Kirnbach-valley for 9 days and found designs for landscapes of the future. I contributed with my experiences on walking and designing. The summerschool was organised by Prof. Gothe (KIT), Prof. Antje Stokman (Uni Stuttgart), Prof. Dr. Küster (LUH, Hannover), Prof. Dr. Voesgen (FH Potsdam) and Hardy Happle (Architect). Have a look at the publication!
Walking the rural landscape is an important element of research on villages. Sigrun Langner invited me to design and lead a walk through the rural landscape north of the German city of Weimar. The walk and the following workshop are part of the interdisciplinary research project “Experimentierfeld Dorf”, sponsored by Volkswagen Foundation.
For those who haven´t had the chance to join the conference „Let´s walk. New pathways in Design Research” of Studio Urbane Landschaften: My talk “Why walking? Engagement and ideas” is now online. For more talks and findings of the conference see http://letswalkurbanlandscapes.urbanelandschaften.de/
Read the precise review by Saskia I. de Wit on the symposium “Let´s walk Urban Landscapes. New Pathways in Design Research” published in the current issue of Journal of Landscape Architecture (JoLA). De Wit reflects on walking as a tool that can be used in all stages of the design process and that had been formative for the design of the symposium of Studio Urbane Landschaften itself. “The mix of lecturing, creating, discussing and reflecting, and particularly walking, dissolved the dichotomy of speakers and audience.”
The European Landscape Convention states that landscape protection, management and planning should be a task for all sectors of civil society. A key challenge is to enable different groups to identify their own landscapes. But how can we identify such complex process of transformation together with people of different backgrounds? The spatial visions designed by Stein+Schultz demonstrate the benefits of expressing landscapes through maps, images and words. There is a special focus on large-scale visions as elements of informal plans fostering creative transdisciplinary dialogue. Find a summary of the Top 5 spatial visions that help to capture the complexity of landscapes: