2011 Student Landscape Architecture

Design Competition Brief

2011 Student Landscape Architecture

Design Competition Winners


Dealing with land as a resource in a sustainable way is a globally recognized goal. However, towns and villages continue to expand as long as there is sufficient space. The pressure on the landscape is growing. All too often it is still regarded as potential development land. In conjunction with these trends, the urban boundary is becoming critically important – it is the link to the open landscape that allows humans to meet their fundamental need to experience nature.

The population’s preoccupation with the value of potential development land plays a crucial role in this expansion. Landscapes have environmental, cultural, economic and other values, all of which influence patterns of development. This competition is based on the thought that the greater the economic value attributed to undeveloped land, the more indiscriminate the inappropriate development will be – and hence the concern about protection.
Entrants should choose one example of an urban/rural transition/boundary in which the values for land are in conflict. They should propose a landscape architectural response to it and show that urban boundaries can be positive transitional elements between the urban landscape and undeveloped land, if they are planned and designed properly.
Entrants are invited to develop conceptual proposals and plans for the use and design of urban boundaries using a specific example of their choice.

Organizing Committee
Competition organizers: Prof. Joachim Kleiner and Dipl. Ing. Kerstin Gödeke, Hochschule fur Technik Rapperswil (HSR)


  • Andy Cao, Vietnam/USA, Loeb Fellow 2010-11, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
  • Maike van Stiphout, the Netherlands, DS Landschapsarchitecten, Amsterdam
  • Prof. Christoph Jensen, Denmark/Germany, Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Fakultat Landschaftsarchitektur, Freising
  • Prof. Joachim Kleiner, Switzerland, Hochschule Rapperswil
  • Prof. Dr. Beverly Sandalack, Canada, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, Chair of the Jury