Training working group: Dialogue with Kassel University and new ways of teaching

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On March 17 and 18, 2023, the subject spokespersons for education met at the University of Kassel. Prof. Dr. Andreas Mengel, Head of the Department of Landscape Development, Environmental and Planning Law, presented the study program "Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning".

The complexity of the study program and the possibility of interdisciplinary work were positively noted. It was important for those present to discuss personal expectations and wishes with representatives of the student body. This exchange should not only take place on site at the respective universities, but also via the annual LASKOs (Student Conference Landscape). And so those present pursued the question of why the study of landscape architecture in times of "Fridays for Future" or "Last Generation" does not experience the demand that politics and society attach to the core topics of the profession, such as strategies for climate adaptation or the creation of multifunctional open spaces.

The bdla has already taken a number of measures to recruit and promote young talent. Specifically, the position paper developed by the working group with statistical figures on first-year students and graduates in the field of landscape architecture as well as the call to planning offices for Girls'Day/ Boys'Day can be mentioned.

Another focus of the two-day meeting was on future topics in research and teaching. In particular, the ongoing digitization and new forms of study and work organization, such as home office or online lectures, will play an increasingly important role. The newer forms of study on offer, such as dual studies or practice-integrated studies, were also the subject of discussion. In this context, the acknowledged advantages of partial digitization should not lead to a purely online approach to university education. In addition, the issues of climate change and the transformation of the landscape should continue to be given a special place in the training content.

Source: bdla association journal "Landschaftsarchitekten" 2/2023

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