Research areas

Stone thinker in front of the institute building, Foto: LAO

Research is the development of innovative solutions to old and new questions. The study of our living environment is motivated by the hope to gain a new understanding of their causal relationships. The perception of the complexity of our world is part of the realization, and so it seems to us as if complexity increases with increasing knowledge. Thanks to international research over the past decades, ecological processes become clearer to us, and in our continuous striving for growth we recognize the urgent need to deal with resources, space and space in a resource-conserving way.

Research area Informal Settlements

Informal settlements are a phenomenon worldwide, which evokes many diverse associations under the term „slum“. About a third of the global city population resides in favelas, shanty towns, or chabolas, as they are called elsewhere. How do landscape architects and landscape architects deal with these unplanned places, how do they approach this task in a planning way, that no one exactly describes or demands. In self-chosen case studies, various methods of approach, analysis, and planning are tested in student works and in research approaches. more

Research area UrbanPublicOpenSpace

Urban public open spaces - squares, parks, gardens as well as streets provide the urban life with the places that allow the users culture, communication, recreation, play and stimulation. Often, however, these spaces are also places of confrontation with other moral standards, customs, and traditions, other opinions—in short, the encounter with the other. Places where political ideas can be expressed, spaces where the self-expressions of the user finds a stage, or where observing and strolling become possible are extremely valuable. In public space design drafts we study these situations and try to plan adequate equivalences meeting these named requirements. more

Research area Residential Environment

When the growth of a city reaches its spatial boundaries, city becomes inventive. How can simultaneously to an increasing demand for housing within the own district space be generated? With key words such as ‚re-densification‘ and 'compact housing', current strategies are named which put a greater pressure on remaining free spaces. How can high-quality open space be developed close to the dwelling-place, which not only creates a distance greenery and fulfills planting requirements? According to this, we are looking for concrete planning tasks, such as the transformation of residential settlements of the 50-70s, the conversion of hitherto used areas, as well as the design of appropriate open spaces for migrants. mehr

Research area Infrastructural Urbanism

Modern high-performance infrastructures produce accidental spaces at their borders or in the shadow of their own spatial configuration. It is a kind of shadow city, that develops next to highways, railway lines, highways, pipelines, line routes - urban space, which is not clearly defined and rarely planned. Where car parking spaces, rubbish bins, and distance areas are created, the city is squandering on countless numbers. This "waste" rarely gets its own name or address: Under bridges. At the parking lot. At the railway line. Behind the stadium. At the sewage treatment plant. Place descriptions that could be everywhere and could not be more nonspecific. more

Research area Research of Unpublished Works

The chair currently houses five archives of well-known architects, landscape architects and gardeners. Through the access to original text documents, photo and planning collections as well as to monographs and trade magazines, the research on unpublished works makes a valuable contribution to the analysis of history and development of the profession. The archives cover both the pre-war period, national socialism, and the post-war period up to the 1990s. more

Research area Intervention and Participation

While planning disciplines have difficulties with the integration of unspecified interest groups and the processual development of projects, art has opened itself up to these approaches through its working methods in public space. By turning to the temporary, it has been possible to act in a process-oriented manner in the public sphere and to employ works of art as open experiment. The chair explores whether and to what extent these artistic forms of expression are used or could be used as methods of participation in architectural and social transformation processes in the urban public space (gained knowledge + practice of redesign). more

Research area Urban Climate

Urban heat island effect and climate change are topics that are becoming more and more relevant to the design of public space in cities. In various research projects, it is examined, to which aspects of this topic complex reactions are needed in future-oriented design. The focus is on mitigating further heating by vegetation, equipment and surface design, on the handling of heavy rain events, on the response of vegetation to climatic change, and on user practices in the context of sustainability. Test designs, carried out in conjunction with research and teaching, are a method of combining insights into a creative synthesis and visualizing them as visions. more

Research area Digital Design Tools

Digital Design Tools are an integral part of the landscape architectural design process of our time. In each design, the question arises of interfaces between traditional methods and digital methods. These are usually different depending on the design. When is the right moment in one’s own design to change from the napkin sketch to digital methods? In which development environment the digital design process is integrated best? And how can digital design results be re-used multiple times?