Landscape Architecture & the Anthropocene- talk by Martin Prominski

Andscapes: – Strategies for Landscape Architecture in the Anthropocene+

Dr. Martin Prominski, Leibniz University Hanover, Studio Urbane Landschaften


Date: Wednesday May 25th 2016
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: RSAI, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

All welcome. RSVP essential. Please email to reserve your place.


Landscape, urbanism, ecology, nature – all terms have become vague because they have lost their former counterparts. Either-or relations such as landscape or city, urban or rural, nature or culture, ecology or art, subject or object have become meaningless. Inspired by Wassilij Kandinsky, who as early as 1927 considered the preceding era as dominated by ‘either-or’ thinking and argued for a new era characterized by ‘and’, Martin Prominski proposes the term ‘Andscapes’.

Andscapes expresses an integrative concept of nature and culture which is appropriate for the era of the ‘Anthropocene’. For landscape architecture, the concept of “Andscapes” offers concrete perspectives and inspirations for design by addressing dimensions such as diversity, sociality and openness. In this presentation, Martin will illustrate the potential of the concept with several contemporary landscape architecture projects from Germany, addressing rivers, nature protection or urban living.

+The Anthropocene is a proposed epoch that begins when human activities started to have a significant global impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems.


About the Speaker:

Martin Prominski was appointed professor of „Designing Urban Landscapes“ at Leibniz University Hannover in 2009. He studied landscape planning at the Technical University of Berlin and received a Master´s in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, with the support of a DAAD scholarship. He has a PhD from TU Berlin, published in 2004 as Landschaft Entwerfen. From 2003-2008 he was assistant professor of „Theory of Contemporary Landscape Architecture” at Leibniz University Hannover. He co-founded the Journal of Landscape Architecture (JoLA) in 2006 and served as editor until 2010. Since 2008, he has been a member of the STUDIO URBANE LANDSCHAFTEN, an interdisciplinary platform for research, practice and teaching on urban landscapes. His current research focuses on the potential of design research, concepts of nature and culture and the design of renewable energy landscapes.).

His most recent books are Urbanization and Locality – Strengthening Identity and Sustainability by Site-specific Planning and Design (with Wang F. (Eds.), 2015), Urbane Natur gestalten (mit Maaß M. u. Funke L., 2014) and River. Space. Design. (with Stokman A. et al., 2012).