bdla Young Talent Award for theses at the HfWU awarded

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The bdla Landesverband Baden-Württemberg e.V. regularly honors outstanding bachelor theses at the Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt HfWU, Nürtingen Geislingen, to promote young talent.

In the Absolvent:innenfeier on October 28, 2022, the students of the Bachelor's programs Landscape Architecture, Landscape Planning and Conservation, and Urban Planning, together with the Master's programs Environmental Protection and Sustainable Urban and Regional Development, were bid farewell in the K3N Stadthalle in Nürtingen.

After the greetings of the rector Prof. Dr. Andreas Frey and the address of the dean, Prof. Dr. Tobias Loemke, the awards for outstanding achievements were presented:
the faculty award, the award of the Stiftung Bausparkasse Schwäbisch-Hall, the environmental award of the company ZinCo GmbH, the award of the Verband Garten-, Landschafts- und Sportplatzbau Baden-Württemberg e.V., as well as the award of the Verband Region Stuttgart.

Leila Hoffmann

Leila Hoffmann

The with 250 euro endowed new generation price of the federation of German Landschaftsarchitekt:innen, regional organization Baden-Wuerttemberg registered association, received in the
course of studies landscape architecture
Mrs. B.Eng. Leila Hoffmann from Munich
for the best Bachelor thesis "Pocketpark MA4 Mannheim"
as well as for the best total mark.

excellent bachelor thesis was written in collaboration with B.Eng. Chiara Marquardt, who in turn was awarded the university's faculty prize for the best thesis.


Pocket Park MA4, Mannheim
The growth of Germany's cities is progressing inexorably, and so is the pressure to use the remaining vacant spaces in inner-city areas. With regard to the increasing urban densification, green open spaces are becoming more important than ever. Every day, they contribute to the physical and psychological well-being of residents and, above all, provide a wide range of benefits for society.

An essential prerequisite for a good life in the city is the networking of natural open spaces in order to enable equal access of all city dwellers to the ecosystem services generated there. Effective networking of urban natural spaces requires a well-designed green infrastructure. Despite the diversity of the needs of different interest groups, a common goal can nevertheless be identified: A resilient and livable city, with a transport concept in which all road users:inside are on an equal footing and the full potential of open spaces is exploited.

The aim of this work is to develop a strategic concept for a part of Mannheim's city center, which reflects exactly these aspects and which should serve as an inspiration for the city of Mannheim. Another central aspect of this concept is the projecting of a pocket park in the "square" M4A and its transformation from a monofunctional used parking lot to an urban open space. The focus is on both the individual usage requirements and the intended multifunctionality of the site as well as on a new interpretation of urban nature. The M4A is intended to create a new kind of inner-city open space, an urban "hybrid space" that is something between a park and a square, that surprises people and that shows that "nature" is not just green fields. On the M4A, despite the seemingly small area, with the right division of space, a place can be created that, in addition to greenery, fulfills other requirements of a park : movement, recreation, retreat, play and social interaction.

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