Landscape architecture develops, analyzes and designs open spaces and landscapes. It is a cultural and social contribution to the important issues of the present and future: health and well-being, urbanization, climate change, biodiversity, resource consumption, migration and mobility. Landscape architecture thereby focuses on the preservation, development and design of attractive and sustainable open spaces of all sizes in urban and rural environments.
We build on the experiences and achievements of the past. At the same time, we react to the continuously changing socio-political framework and planning tasks.
The complex tasks can only be handled in interdisciplinary cooperation and in close collaboration with stakeholders, practice and administration. This approach is a fixed component of teaching and research.
Our focus topics
Basic and applied research is conducted at the Institute of Landscape Architecture. The methods range from qualitative and quantitative analyses, design analyses, social science approaches to design-based research.
The following research fields are covered:
Teaching at the ILA
Research and teaching are closely linked at the Institute of Landscape Architecture. We teach the understanding and analysis of design, spatial and socio-cultural issues in urban and rural contexts.
The design teaching is characterized by conceptual design with special consideration of spatial and ecological developments on different practice-relevant scale levels. Students acquire basic knowledge and advanced skills in the use of drawing and digital tools as well as model making and design processes. Current topics in landscape architecture are integrated into teaching in the form of presentations, reflections, discussions and excursions.
- Analysis, planning and design of different types of open spaces (parks, public squares, gardens, residential open spaces, streets, cultural landscapes, etc.)
- Spatial, social, and economic context
- Design-theory and practice
- Contextualization of landscape architectural design within historical and contemporary aspects
- Competencies in garden design and historic preservation, as well as the history of the designed landscape
- Understanding of spatial qualities and aesthetic issues
- Methods for holistic spatial perception
- Knowledge of construction management within the aspect of sustainable care and maintenance
- Knowledge of construction and materials
- Interdisciplinary project management