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)

Walking – ways to intervene and creatively disturb

20th of May, 2019

In my talk “Interventionen. Produktive Störung und Kommunikationsanlass” at RWTH Aachen (May 13)  I presented my thoughts on walking as means to creatively disturb everyday practices. RWTH is working together with the City of Aachen on a walkability-project and focussing on urban interventions to tackle the associated transformation of public space. Referring to my own research on Walking as Design Research and practical experiences, e.g. with the ongoing project “Paths create Landscapes” in Munich´s Greenbelt, I came up with the recommendation to intervene in the public realm by diverting and instructing walking people and thus point to new ways of appropriating the city as walkscape. (Drawing: Börries v. Detten)

Talk in Halle: Multilocality and urban-rural meshworks

9th of July, 2018

In my talk „Das Land als Sphäre der Verortung einer multilokalen Gesellschaft?“ during the conference “Gutes Leben auf dem Land” (July 5, 2018) I presented my thoughts on new interdependencies between urban and rural spaces initiated through new forms of being “en route”. I understand multilocality as a result of structural necessity, action capacity and living strategy (Dick et al 2014) and follow Nicolas Bourriauds definition of mobile people as radicant. “To be radicant means setting one´s roots in motion, staging them in heterogeneous contexts and formats, denying them the power to completely define one´s identity, translating ideas, transcoding images, transplanting behaviors, exchanging rather than imposing”(Bourriaud 2009). Transferring this to the question of rural-urban relation I say: Complex patterns of movement between urban and rural places should be understood and designed as a play of affiliation and detachment.

Speaking at Urban Future Global Conference 2018, Vienna

21st of February, 2018

How can we sustainably transform cities? How could a landscape strategy look like? Henrik will present his findings on co-creative, strategic approaches in the session „Building sustainability“ at 2018 Urban Future Global Conference in Vienna. In this context he will present the brand new broschure of the project „Perspektivplan Freiburg“, together with Oliver Seidel, cityförster.

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Danube Canal of Vienna

The power of paths. Talk at LASIE-Congress in Munich.

10th of November, 2017

I presented the findings from our project “Concept for paths and landscape perception in Munich’s greenbelt” at the LASIE-Congress. Walking the green belt with different groups of stakeholders revealed talents and challenges. Walking Workshops helped to understand different types of paths and associated landscape perceptions. Project together with Börries v. Detten, freiwurf.



Innovation walks for LEAD Academy

10th of July, 2017

Last Friday I sent twenty participants of the LEAD Academy on their ways to explore their innovation strategies while walking Berlin. The newly formed Office For Applied Intuition (OFAI) ran a training course “Intuition+Ratio=Innovation”. I designed and facilitated walks fostering movement as crucial part of innovation processes. “One of the most inspiring trainings I´ve ever joined” said a team leader. Learn more about the OFAI here.


Inspiring first Walking Workshop in Munich

30th of June, 2017

On May 16, 30 people from the North of Munich met 30 international landscape experts from “LeNotre Landscape Forum” and walked Munich´s open spaces together. I came up with a route and introduced a set of rules (to walk in silence, to keep ten steps distance…) to inspire an intense engagement with the urban landscape. The reflection after the walk brought up relevant questions that should be addressed when designing the green spaces at Munich´s urban fringe. The walking workshop was the first of a serious of guided walks and part of the design study “Landschaftsbezogene Wegekonzeption für den Grüngürtel München” carried out by Börries v. Detten and me.