Creating Knowledge

Innovation Strategies for Designing Urban Landscapes

Hille von Seggern / Julia Werner / Lucia Grosse-Bächle (eds.)

286 Pages, approx. 200 plans
ISBN 978-3-86859-886-5


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Climate change, water dynamics, multicultural living and a humanitarian crisis are just some of the complex phenomena shaping urban spatial performances – Raumgeschehen – today. The spatial design disciplines must respond with increasingly innovative approaches.
Creating Knowledge explores what designing means, how it operates as a fundamentally creative competency, and how innovative design strategies can be formulated. Proceeding from an understanding of place and the world around us as Raumgeschehen – as innumerable spatial performances – the authors consider the urban landscape from a spatial perspective. A new introductory essay discusses the specific transformative capacity of design.
Experts from the fields of philosophy, neurobiology, science theory, psychology, sociology, literature, art, urban design, and landscape architecture discuss how understanding and creativity are connected in their respective fields, and the relevance this has far beyond the realm of the design disciplines.
Examples of current work from STUDIO URBANE LANDSCHAFTEN along with internationally renowned landscape architecture projects reveal how the production of ideas, design practice, and aesthetic expression are closely bound up with the process of understanding the landscape.
Creating knowledge formulates an interdisciplinary and innovative design approach that is based on and reinterprets the concept of understanding in Gadamerian hermeneutics.

With contributions by: Henri Bava, Beatrice von Bismarck, Hinderk M. Emrich, Undine Giseke, Markus Gnüchtel, Jean Grondin, Lucia Grosse-Bächle, Gerald Hüther, Daniela Karow-Kluge, Wilhelm Krull, Peter Latz, Gustl Marlock, Helga Nowotny, Lodewijk van Nieuwenhuijze, Anne Peiter, Hans Poser, Martin Prominski, Chris Reed, Hille von Seggern, Boris Sieverts, Thomas Sieverts, Julia Werner, Susanne Zeller.


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