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Documentation on the German Landscape Architecture Award 2023 competition published

On September 15, 2023, the current competition brochure was published on the occasion of the festive event for the awarding of the German Landscape Architecture Prize 2023.

The bilingual documentation introduces the project "Neue Ufer, Überlingen", which was honored with the German Landscape Architecture Award 2023, and presents the award-winning works in the categories "Use of Plants", "Public Space as Center", "Living Environment", "Landscape and Urban Development", "Young Landscape Architecture", "Landscape Architecture in Detail", "Historic Facilities", "Maturity Test" and "Green-Blue Infrastructure".

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In his foreword, bdla Executive Committee member Franz Reschke sums up the 16th competition year. "A look at the works shows: maximum restraint or the minimally invasive is not always the answer - landscape architecture still convinces and will continue to do so in the future through intense spatial and atmospheric qualities. (...) Each of the projects attempts and succeeds to some extent in making the big questions, themes and concepts a reality." As an example, he singles out the Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park, which was awarded in the "Maturity Test" category and is over 30 years old; in its consistency, he says, it is outstanding "from the concept sketch, from the position and attitude to the design, to the built project, to the habitat for animals and humans, to the great milestone in the discussion about the parks of the future."

The arc from the past to the present is also spanned by bdla President Prof. Stephan Lenzen in his contribution, entitled "From today they are immortal". 30 years of the German Landscape Architecture Award - starting with the honoring of Prof. Hans Luz, Stuttgart, in 1993 for his life's work to the "New Shores, Überlingen", for which relais Landschaftsarchitekten, Berlin, received the Dent Landscape Architecture Award in 2023. 16 competition years make a "significant contribution to creating quality awareness for our built environment: for landscape architecture, architecture, building and living - for green building culture." And he goes even further: "We need exploratory project experiments and courageous pioneering designs to find new ways. Radical designs with a clear stance for climate-appropriate landscape architecture. The German Landscape Architecture Award shines a spotlight on pioneering projects and their authors." And he attaches hope to this: "Hopefully they will change our world sustainably and thus become immortal."

The "Neue Ufer, Überlingen" has permanently changed a two-and-a-half kilometer long and in parts very narrow section of the shore of the city on Lake Constance. "Courage for the park" is the title of a passage in Gesa Loschwitz-Himmel's text about the award-winning project. The planners and the client, the Landesgartenschau Überlingen 2020 GmbH, had this courage in equal measure. Where once asphalt was the predominant material, the landscape architects, with a keen sense of the surroundings and with bold and radical interventions, created an open space on the shores of Lake Constance that was unspectacular in the best sense of the word. The jury's verdict: "It is a facility that, because of its rootedness in the landscape space and a dynamic all its own, credibly promises a long-lasting vitality for the future."

Everything can be read and viewed in the documentation of the competition German Landscape Architecture Award 2023, published by bdla, on 84 pages in German and English.

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