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Types and places – Open spaces - Course Brief

SS15 PROJECT_POSTED_BY Andrea Haase     April 1, 2015    




Types and places – Open spaces
Prof. Dr. Andrea Haase


As architects, we do know prototypes in technology and architecture representing the philosophies and means of making products from different stages of technology, culture and time – no relationship with context needed!. As architects of today, we are interested in holistic approaches to urban growth and shrinking, to spirals of real estate values and, most of all, to the “quality” of space for binding identification –relationship with context needed primarily.

The theme tackles the question about philosophies and means of making in culture and time, focusing on the aspect of “nature”. The subject is “open spaces, types of “ in the inner and outer peripheries of Dessau and surroundings.

in the inner and outer peripheries of Dessau and surroundings. We know, nature is vulnerable, however can be enhanced by culture. Thus, we strengthen this relationship. Culture then does not only refer to function, making and materiality but also, above all, to “meaning”. Thus we put “meaning” into the middle and look for “anchor-places” binding people to place, i.e. linking the identification of people to images/ realities of “Heimat”, - relative to a range of different types of un-built spaces in the urban/ rural condition. In order to grasp the variety of options in general and in local specifics, we distinguish the following types of open spaces.

 an image-like beauty of landscape, like to be found in children’s picture books

 an agriculturally marked everyday landscape in a rural situation

 a sub-urbanized landscape showing urban growth

 an edge situation of a densely used urban situation merging with landscape

 a landscape with new transport infrastructure, f.i. national road and/ or mono- functional concentration of service industry.


We identify, localize, visit these spaces, map them by analogue and digital means and evaluate their characteristics in terms of:

1. “Anchor-places” in the regional context:

- perceivability as spaces and as nature

- spatial characteristics of uniqueness

- visibility of roots in the regional culture

2. values of use:”

- for staying and for finding counterbalance to the daily stress of working and living

3. Heimat”:

- Land marks/ core-cells for identifying with place throughout processes of transformation


“Heimat” is a term which sounds old-fashioned and dusty, however needs to be re- charged by innovative forces of contemporary design, “landscape 3.0”techniques, applying knowledge about space-building approaches “from location”.

Attendance to the conference “Digital Landscape Architecture DLA 2015, June 4-8, Dessau, Germany, is compulsory. Participants need to register online via


Enrollment is open now !
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