Landscape architecture is a field of cultural production. It is oriented towards practice. It consists of the analysis, design and qualitative enhancement of designed landscape both within and outside settlements. The provision, quality and safeguarding of open space and landscape are essential to the quality of life and therefore of relevance to society as a whole.
Designed landscape covers open spaces in an urban setting, green and open spaces in sub- and peri-urban areas as well as landscapes outside settled areas. Social transformation is reflected both in the spaces themselves and in the demands placed upon open space and the landscape. Closely related to this are design and conception, safeguarding and adaptation.
The emergence, construction and appearance of parks, squares, streets, districts, towns, gardens, landscaped areas, of special grounds and indeed of everyday surroundings are just as important as the spatial, cultural, social and natural environmental context in which they are located. Moreover, all the conditions which are of significance to their configuration and maintenance, and to their local and functional context, are covered at the Institute of Landscape Architecture. Open spaces are examined with regard to their conceptual content. Their spatial, aesthetic and functional design, configuration and planting are analysed and set in a socio-cultural context. The consequences of human interventions in open spaces and the landscape, for example through infrastructure, also form part of teaching and research.
Concerns arise as a result of overall social, local and global developments. We examine the influence of societal processes and interventions on usability and usage as well as on the conditions for creating open spaces. From the results it is then possible to derive new concept and design approaches as well as innovative strategies for the creation and maintenance of designed landscape.
Also the subject of examination are processes for the creation and maintenance of open space and landscape: the creative process, cultural production, aesthetics, perception and use of open space and landscape and their contribution to the quality of life.
We develop further and convey methods of spatial analysis, design and the process of planning, creating, maintaining and aging.
Research methods include spatial analysis, functional analysis, social-scientific methods, creative and prospective investigations as well as discourse and process analysis. We are working on the application, evaluation, improvement and innovation of single and interdisciplinary research methods for the purpose of extending the theoretical basis of the subject of landscape architecture with the aim of gaining technical and practical knowledge.
Research and teaching are closely linked at ILA. We conduct interdisciplinary research into important social questions.