Urban conglomerations form complex systems that no longer correspond to the traditional images of the city or the countryside. This leads to obscure and complex situations whereby we often work with incomplete knowledge and unclear constellations of players. This approach requires close cooperation between different disciplines and players, not only in practise but also in teaching and research. Therefore, cities, landscapes and open spaces are integrated working environments where each discipline contributes its specific perspectives and strengths. Design is not only a creative process in which possible solutions are developed, it also serves as a tool to explore cultures, history and space. This requires conceptual thinking as well as an appropriate way of communicating concepts using graphic representation.
Landscape architecture is often perceived as a luxury and the mere beautification of the living environments of individuals with a high economic status. This contrasts sharply with everyday reality, particularly with people who are not traditionally the focus of design solutions but are heavily affected by social injustice, insecurity, climate change and limited access to basic infrastructure. It is necessary to understand the specific relationships between places and systems, forms and processes, practises and values in order to find appropriate and site-specific answers to specific ecological, cultural and socio-economic challenges.
Water as a key element has a special role to play here, as it is both an essential resource and a threat for all forms of life. Particular attention is paid to shaping everyday spaces with their users in mind, climate-responsive design and water-sensitive concepts. These approaches offer a broad field of activity for landscape architecture, particularly in an international context.
My goal is to train curious, motivated and enthusiastic students to become experts in the design of future urban landscapes.