The lecture provides knowledge on how landscapes and gardens can be preserved as cultural heritage and responsibly taken into account in design and planning.
Students acquire knowledge of the subject area, goals, terms, institutions and legal bases of historic garden preservation. They learn about current problems and methods for researching, preserving and developing of historically significant open spaces and cultural landscapes. The aim is to develop an understanding of the consideration of valuable landscape architecture structures and inventories in the design and planning process.
Testimonies of landscape architecture such as parks, gardens, squares and avenues are subject to constant change. Since they consist primarily of plants, they are particularly fragile compared to buildings. Similar to a parchment from which the text is repeatedly scraped and overwritten, garden art can be multi-layered carriers of meaning. Aesthetic paradigms, social conditions, values, the understanding of space and time or the preference for certain plant species are inscribed in them.
The lecture introduces the subject area, the goals, terms, institutions and legal bases of historic garden preservation. Taking significant examples into account, current problems are discussed and methods for researching, preserving and developing of historically significant open spaces and cultural landscapes are taught. After developing a theoretical basis, the students explore a park, garden or square in the practical part of the course. They learn to read the different layers of a site, uncover its history and present its value in terms of future development. The findings of this search for traces are documented in text, drawings and photographs and summarised in a survey.
The course offers a platform for interdisciplinary exchange between students of the MAS in Preservation and Construction History and students of the MSc in Landscape Architecture and MSc in Architecture. Guest contributions open up a framework for in-depth discourse.
Teaching materials are provided in the course.
The teaching materials include a bibliography.
Prerequisites / Notice
Excursion (mandatory): Saturday, 22 April 2023, full day
Concepts and Theories
Techniques and Technologies
Cooperation and Teamwork
Sensitivity to Diversity
Self-awareness and Self-reflection
Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)