Hamish Fulton, Mankingholes on the pennine Way, 1973


Process cartography
A design process is performed in several individual steps. Between formulating the programme and communicating the design concept there are numerous stages in the conceptual process, which vary in significance and which are reflected in plans, models, films or 3-D visualizations. If these individual procedures are reflected on separately, one can speak of a process of mapping. One aim of the teaching at the Chair is to make people aware of, and to optimize, the individual processes of transformation that manifest themselves in project development. Questions important to the design of open spaces are thereby given particular consideration.
The thematic areas to be formulated at the Chair have decidedly urbanistic dimensions. The leap of scale, which architecture students consequently have to perform, makes self-evident the transdisciplinary thinking and working processes required for landscape architecture. A wide range of questions are relevant for the conceptualization process, drawing from the fields of geology, hydrology, vegetation, infrastructure, urban development, sociology and cultural history. This results in a comprehensive interpretation of complex problems that brings together different kinds of knowledge and provides a basis for creativity born out of complexity. It is precisely because the landscape architectonic design process is potentially complex that it is important to make people aware of inherent processes of transformation and to optimize the creative decision-making process.

Process Cartography
Theory of space
Public space
Urban nature