Brigitte Schmelzer

The emancipation of landscape has put its concept into the center of interest in the discourse of the renaissance of cities. In contradiction to Architecture – Landscapes grow-and change not only during the different seasons but a lot over the years – they are not static and are never completed – they are based on ecological processes.

Landscape architecture projects are designed for a productive interaction of natural ecosystems, technical infrastructure and human environments. The landscape of today especially in metropolitan areas is a “total Landscape.” Technical infrastructures, large logistic complexes, shopping and amusement districts transform our man-shaped natural landscapes with a network of their own logic.

For this complex urban reality a concept of landscape has overtaken an important role. A new approach has prevailed: to create city with landscape – mit Landschaft Stadt machen – that is since a decade a paradigm shift in landscape architecture and urban design.