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LANDSCAPE - concepts of modernism and the current practice
conference in Karlsruhe 24-25 February 2017

The 14th edition of the conference on approaching the heritage of the Modern Movement was dedicated to landscape, a forerunner of the next year edition on urbanism. After 7 editions on conservation in different European countries, this is the more recent in thematic issues. The conference also featured the results of the Le Notre forum in 2015 in Bucharest presenting the Colentina emerald necklace Modernist landscape. The conference series are convened by Alex Dill from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. This edition was coorganised by landscape architect and professor Henri Bava.

East harbour park
Maria Bostenaru 2017 / CC BY
East harbour park
The format of the conference was the established one: lectures, exhibition and excursion, in connection to the members' meeting of DOCOMOMO, the international association for DOcumentation, COnservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the MOdern MOvement. The attendance of lectures and excursion was recognised as continuing education for practicing architects, landscape architects and urbanists. About 170 persons attended.
More about the topic can be found here, where also a link to the full programme is available.
There were nine lectures, by international speakers from Germany, France, the Netherlands, Finnland/Switzerland and Romania. 
The first block of lectures presented contemporary architecture works from Berlin (atelier le balto), Amsterdam (West 8) and Paris (agence TER). The following block presented the history of green spaces in Munich and Berlin, followed by Modernist history of landscape in Rome by Ulrike Gawlik, topic of a doctorate and now current DFG project (Raffaele de Vico, fascist cities such as Sabaudia). A previous landscape forum in Rome included also study cases on the EUR of de Vico. A special accent was the presentation of Pia Fricker (Zürich/Helsinki) on digital landscape architecture developments at the ETH. 
The contributions from Ellen Fetzer representing Le Notre and of Tiberiu Florescu from Romania closed the lecture series with the presentation of the Le Notre forum 2015 in Bucharest. Both Le Notre and the "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism, one of the consortium organising the forum, were partners. The presentation of Tiberiu Florescu on dynamic master plan of Bucharest was thus a forerunner for the next year edition on urbanism.
The exhibition took place in the foyer and presented landscape related drawings in ink in Larzac, Southern France, in frame of the drawing excursion of the chair of descriptive geometry, convened by Udo Beyer. 
The excursion led to landscape projects in frame of the Green Belt of Frankfurt on the Maine, a city which promotes this way the green spaces since 1990/91 under the initiative of the mayor Tom Koenigs. First stop was the Ernst May Siedlung on Bornheimer Hang, including a school building in the vicinity of the Eastern Park. The Eastern Park was detailedly presented with Schweden Steg. Next stop was the Eastern harbour, which developed a lot since the new building by Coop Himmelb(l)au for the European Central Bank. The free spaces of the bank were developed by Vogt landscape architects, while the neighbouring harbour park was done by Götte landscape architects. A new bridge connects the easter habour with the other side of the river, but the concepts from 1999 of David Chipperfield were not implemented. The Eastern harbour was diploma work topic of KIT in 1999 including the reporter of these news. The EZB includes also a memorial to victims of Holocaust. The last stop, after crossing the central area along the museum side was the Western harbour, with luxury housing developments. The Western harbour is more developed since a while.

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03. Mar 2017
Reported by Maria BOSTENARU DAN


greenbelt (en), modernism (en)

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