Talk „Pathscapes. Designing Munich´s Green Belt“ at AESOP Conference Regional Design

5th of October, 2020

How can Munich´s green belt be appreciated, designed as open space, protected as biodiverse habitat as well as qualified for landscape-related recreation? At AESOP Conference “Regional Design”, I reflected on how walking workshops and co-creatively designing pathscapes can be a tool to approach this question. Taking the project “Paths form landscape” as an example, I proposed the following six strategic approaches to transformative planning in green belts:

:: Engaging stakeholders from different municipalities and with different professional backgrounds in “walking workshops” that are drivers for intensive discussions and creative thinking.

:: Focussing on linear open spaces, the resilient network of paths as a strong framework.

:: Providing room for experiments to fill the voids of this framework by individual appropriation of different groups.

:: Identifying pathscapes as starting points to build and strengthen public awareness for potentials and challenges of green spaces in times of climate change. 

:: Pushing site-specific regional designs.

:: Generating transformative knowledge through designing.

Walking Workshops in the Green Belt. Photo: M. Lampert


New publication: Tools for Designing Riverscapes Co-creatively. Walk! Find Typologies! Design Spatial Visions!

11th of June, 2020

Successfully transforming riverscapes depends on regional cooperation and transdisciplinary collaboration. Spurred on by the European Water Framework Directive, many European regions are working on improving the ecological quality of rivers and reshaping the adjacent landscapes. So, planning teams consisting of landscape architects, urban planners, architects and ecologists work on integrated strategies for designing sustainable riverscapes. To make sure that these strategies are supported by regional key actors and can thus be implemented successfully, co-creative processes are needed. Through reflecting on experiences and findings from projects of my design practice, I have identified three key success factors for successfully designing riverscapes in a co-creative manner: Walk! Find typologies! Design spatial visions! These success factors are discussed in the light of recent publications on landscape architecture research. Finally, interconnections with the topic of urbanization and locality are shown. Find the text in the book Water-Related Urbanisation and Locality!

Publication “Wege machen Landschaft” in Stadt+Grün

10th of December, 2019

Find the text “Wege machen Landschaft. Landschaftsbezogenes Wegekonzept für den Münchner Grüngürtel” written by Matthias Lampert, Börries v. Detten and me in the current issue of “Stadt + Grün” here:  It presents our findings on the vital roles of paths in the diverse landscapes at Munich´s urban fringe. (Sketch: Börries v Detten)



Walking Green Fingers to create Awareness for Climate-Resilience: Videos online

10th of December, 2019

Watch the interview on our project “Productive. Sustainable. Lively. Green fingers for climate-resilient Osnabrück”, funded by BMBF, online: (© Gröschel Branding, Berlin 2019)

Walks are key to create awareness for the potential of green fingers (radial green structures), to discuss challenges and ideas and to inspire action on resilient land use. (Photo: Hubertus von Dressler)


Presenting “Paths lead to Landscapes” in Munich

19th of November, 2019


Börries von Detten and I presented our study on paths trough Munich´s Green belt (November 13, Munich) and discussed our findings with experts from the region. One conclusion was that working co-creatively on the green spaces between the municipalities is key to qualifying quality of life in the city region. A resilient network of paths, highlighting the characteristics of the diverse landscapes surrounding Munich, can be a backbone for the appreciation and sustainable use of the green spaces. (Photo: M. Lampert)

Symposium in Munich on Paths and Landscapes

15th of October, 2019

Landscapes are made through walking and paths. Börries von Detten and Henrik Schultz present their ideas for a new concept of landscape paths for Munich´s green fringe and discuss their findings with experts form Vienna, Frankfurt and the region of Munich. Join the symposium “Wege machen Landschaft – gemeinsam für den Grüngürtel” November 13!

Transformative Science Walk in Osnabrück

30th of September, 2019

The third walk through the “green fingers” of Osnabrück, backbones of the climate-resilient city of the future, took place September 28 and brought together a diverse group of stakeholders. Representatives of associations, politicians, farmers and citizens walked the green fingers for five hours and discussed challenges, talents and ideas for the future. “A good mixture. Informative, eye-opening and fun. I got new perspectives on these green structures” commented a member of the group after the walk. There are more transformative walks up to come. Stay up to date here: 


Walk with me! How walking inspires designing

27th of September, 2019

The new book “Design Research for Urban Landscapes” is out there now! It addresses in particular PhD Students and advisors telling success stories of integrating design research into PhDs. My chapter “Walk with me! How walking inspires designing” presents my experiences with walking as design practice. Hope you enjoy reading it!

Urban Landscapes in Motion: Join book launch August 27!

22nd of August, 2019

I am thrilled to be part of the book launch Design Research for Urban Landscapes featuring a keynote of Prof. Dr. Ottmar Ette presenting his thoughts on “science on the move”, based on his extensiv research on Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859). The book can seen as a translation of Humboldt´s´s findings into contemporary design research.

Design Research for Urban Landscapes – was würde Humboldt dazu sagen? Book Launch with Studio Urbane Landschaften as part of “Humboldt Festwoche” at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. August 27, 16:00-18:30.

Book in Motion: Performance with Studio Urbane Landschaften, feldfünf, Metropolenhaus Berlin. August 27, 19:00-22:00.

First Finger-Walk in Osnabrück

20th of May, 2019

A vital part of the research project “Produktiv. Nachhaltig. Lebendig. Grüne Finger für eine klimaresiliente Stadt” are walks with different groups of people through Osnabrücks so called “Green Fingers”. On May 18 members of the “Bürgerbeirat” walked the green finger Sandbachtal and discussed perceptions, identified relevant questions and found ideas for the future of one of these important green structures. The project that is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) can be seen as transformative science: The goal is not only to do research on transformation processes but to actively intervene in these processes by involving change agents in the process of research. (Photo: Hubertus von Dressler)