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Landscape architecture and the time factor

Construction research on the contextual change of built landscape elements and the development of optimisation strategies

Colwill, Simon

The central aim of this research project was to develop monitoring methods to assist landscape architects, clients and contractors in identifying and diagnosing (diagnosis) weak points and vulnerabilities in built landscape works, thus avoiding them in new projects (prognosis). The research also focused on developing optimisation, prevention and protection strategies for the weaknesses identified. The objective is to optimise the quality and durability of built landscape architecture projects in terms of sustainable planning, construction and maintenance processes. The research project was based on the hypothesis that it is possible to optimise design, detailing, construction and maintenance techniques by monitoring and evaluating the development of projects at regular intervals after completion. The subjects of research were landscape elements, or combinations of these in public or semi-public open spaces, built between 1990 and 2015 in the city of Berlin, Germany.