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Work in Progress - Doctoral College in Dortmund

Dortmund, on the edge of the Ruhr metropolis with 5 million inhabitants, was the venue of the 5th Doctoral Week of the Doktorandenkolleg Forschungslabor Raum. Host Prof. Dr Stefan Siedentop of the ILS Research Institute for Regional- and Urban Development presented current urban development projects in the Ruhr region. In addition to the intensive examination of the research work of the doctoral students, the renaturation of the Emscher, and the development of the Phoenix area were part of the program.

trAILs meeting in Eisenerz/A

On January 24th-25th the whole trAILs team met in Leoben-Eisenerz for the first site visit to the Austrian pilot site.

On the first day, we reached Eisenerz and explored the former blast furnace site Münichtal with the support of local stakeholders (site owners and Mayor of Eisenerz). Many useful informations and insights about the site conditions and the development challenges in the region were gained. Some project partners already performed some on-site activities, such as UniVerona, whose team recorded and filmed interviews with local stakeholders and representatives of the community.

On the second day we had an indoor meeting at the Kunsthalle Leoben. In the first session, scientific partners presented their approaches and methods for the site assessment (WP T2), while in the second session we had a small workshop in which we explored together the connections between the proposed methods and assessed, with the help of regional partners, their relevance and feasibility. The first communication materials such as posters and flyers were also presented and distributed to everybody for own promotional activities.

International Doctoral College - Flying Visit Marokko

Casablanca a metropolitan area with 6 million inhabitants was the destination of the research trip of the Doktoral College Spatial research lab. Led by Undine Giseke TU Berlin, the doctoral students have maped the cycles of foodproduction and consumption in the urban rural nexus of the North African economic engine. Under the City without Slums program, informal settlements are being replaced by new housing developments. As a result, the city is rapidly spreads in into the highly productive agricultural belt of the surrounding area. How the integration of an urban agriculture can be successful was an integral topic of the trip.

LAI Master Thesis - winner of the 10th edition URBAN-PROMOGIOVANI

Landscape architect Jonathan Stimpfle was honored with the international jury award of the Urban Promogiovani X Competition 2018 for his master's thesis "ringlocpark", a design for the reuse of the Augsburg Railway depot, supervised at the Chair of Landscape Architecture and Industrial Landscape of the Technical University of Munich. Congratulations!

On the homepage of the Italian promoter urbanpromo, carried by the Istituto Nazionale di Urbanistica und Urbanistica Italiana, they announce:"X URBAN-PROMOGIOVANI AWARD is a cultural event aimed to nurture the  learning experience of talented students from any Higher Education Institution  worldwide -in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, Planning, Design, Realestate-, who are developing learning outcomes within the subject area of urban regeneration and urban transformation.“

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2018 International Conference on Designed Ecologies in China

Fuzhou University, Peking University and University of Copenhagen are organizing an international conference on the relationship between design and ecology in Fuzhou/ China 15th to 17th of November 2018. Invited by Professor Dr. Kongian Yu, Udo Weilacher will present a key lecture.

With increasing sustainable challenges worldwide, landscape practices need to pay more understanding of the functions and values of complex eco-system while further perfecting the relationships between design praxis and scientific research of ecology. The idea of “Design with Nature” proposed by McHarg is fundamentally important though it executed design as a process to follow nature passively. In fact, design practice can work as an active catalyst for solutions to environmental disruption and degradation. “Designed ecologies” refers to all active planning/design intentions to purposely prevent, mitigate and resolve ecological issues for sustainability. In this context, we make the announcement of “2018 International Conference on Designed Ecologies”.

Dissertation successfully completed I Sonia Gantioler

On the 03rd of July 2018 Sonia Gantioler will defend her dissertation to the topic "THE RIGHT TO ECOLOGICAL SPACE / IN THE CITY. Operationalising Green Infrastructure as strategic urban planning concept for a just access. With lessons learnt from Vienna and Munich."

Prof. Dr. Udo Weilacher, Technische Universität München
Prof. Dr. Andreas Voigt, Technische Universität Wien

Examination presidency:
Prof. Dr. Alain Thierstein

Congratulations, Sonia Gantioler!

DGGL-Förderpreis ULRICH WOLF 2018/19

Herzlichen Glückwunsch an unsere Master-Studentin Bernadette Brandl, die den DGGL-Förderpreis ULRICH WOLF 2018/19 mit ihrem Projekt "The pop-up boxes" gewinnen konnte.
Mehr Infos zum Wettbewerb gibt es hier.

Project trAILs officially started!

On the 24th-25th of May 2018 the kick-off meeting of the international EU-funded research project "trAILs - Alpine Industrial Landscapes Transformation" took place at the Chair of Landscape Architecture and Industrial Landscape (LAI). Many enthusiast colleagues from France, Italy, Slovenia, Austria and Germany attended the strategy meeting and, together with representatives of the Joint Secretariat of INTERREG Alpine Space, defined the the first steps for the 3-year project.

Excellent teaching honored at the Faculty of Architecture

Dipl.-Ing. Jonas Bellingrodt of the Chair of Landscape Architecture and Industrial Landscape (Prof. Dr. Udo Weilacher) was awarded the honorary certificate for excellence in teaching by the TUM Senate. This honors the above-average commitment to student education at the faculty. In particular, the excellent evaluation by the students and the commitment with which Mr. Bellingrodt contributes to the further development of study and teaching in the field of landscape architecture impressed the jury. The TUM awards this type of honour to promote an excellent teaching and learning culture in all faculties and to pay particular tribute to the special commitment of individual employees in teaching and in student education.

Landscape Architect Dipl.-Ing. Jonas Bellingrodt has been employed at the Technical University of Munich for 7 years and has significant responsibility for project studies at the TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan (Bachelor's degree program) and at the Faculty of Architecture (Master) from the first semester to the supervision of final theses in the Master's program Landscape Architecture. Jonas Bellingrodt, who previously worked as a landscape architect in Cologne, has made a special contribution to basic education in the first few semesters. Through his dedicated teaching methods, he lays the groundwork for design experience, the range of contents ranges from the fundamental understanding of what landscape is and how to qualify it, to the very complex tasks of transforming industrialized urban areas.

Sculpture Today - International Conference at the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko I Poland

Will sculpture parks such as the renowned "Yorkshire Sculpture Park" in Great Britain play a role in the valorization of rural areas in the future? Such and similar questions will be the focus of the international conference at the Center of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko (Poland) from 18 to 21 October 2018. For many years, the LAI faculty has maintained good contacts with the Sculpture Center and has already worked out restructuring plans in the master program landscape architecture for the sculpture park.

Udo Weilacher is invited as keynote speaker and will shed light on the development of the relationship between sculpture and park in his lecture.

Have a look in the program!

Glasshouse Chat With Marc Treib

Marc Treib is one of the internationally most renowned specialist authors on landscape architecture and modern architecture and has written numerous monographs, e.g. about Isamu Noguchi, Thomas D. Church, Garrett Eckbo, Dan Kiley, and other reknown Modern Architects. Marc Treib is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley / USA. He has received numerous awards for his work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Academy in Rome Fellowship, ASLA Honor Awards and the Best Exhibition Publication Award of the Society of Architectural Historians. He teaches in many design studios, lectures on Japanese architecture and garden art as well as "Landscape Architecture, Criticism, Art and Modern Scandinavian Architecture".

"The Limits of Modern Landscape Design in the Anthropocene"

Marc Treib visited our chair on November 8th and invited our students for a "glasshouse chat" with him!

Exhibition "Landscape - plans for the future"

"Landscape - Plans for the Future" presents plans of the best study projects since the beginning of the landscape architecture and -planing program, which was founded in 1956 at the Technical University of Munich as a study program "Gardening and Landscaping". The choice of plans since that time all have one common goal: to communicate and present a vision of a better world for the future. The opening of the exhibition was the 150th anniversary of the TU Munich on 13th of october 2018. The exhibition is open to all  until Tuesday, 20th of November 2018, in the foyer of the institute building of the Faculty of Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planing (4219), Emil-Ramann-Str.6, Freising.