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Design

The design semester is taught by a team drawn from the fields of landscape architecture, vegetation history, art and aesthetics. This constellation supports the process of creating and transforming complex spaces by maintaining an important quality of spatial design: transdisciplinary praxis.

The design semester, which is offered under the title ‘process cartography’, primarily addresses design processes. 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 steps are reflected on separately, one can speak of a process of mapping. One teaching aim 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.

In process cartography, as well as developing and discussing site analysis, we stress the need for a subjective and methodical approach. For every design process the basic idea of movement in the landscape is essential. Every landscaped space is a space incorporating movement and action. At the same time movements and actions are recognized and creatively used as space-generating elements. In process cartography it is the pedestrian perspective that is required, as opposed to the panoptical perspective that is generally used in architecture. But it can also be a means for verifying spatial scenarios in terms of the suitability for the horizontal perspective. 

The course offers the possibility to design open spaces using various media such as drawing, model making, photography, video and electronic media. Experimental model making plays an important role in the development and consideration of spatial scenarios.

The Process Cartography design semester is framed by topic-based lectures and workshops. It takes place in the autumn semester of the academic year.

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