Herrenhausen Conference: Dangerous Landscapes – Re-Thinking Environmental Risk in Low-Income Communities

3 days Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany

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“Dangerous Landscapes – Re-Thinking Environmental Risk in Low-Income Communities”
Herrenhausen Conference
November 27-29, 2017
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany

The conference “Dangerous Landscapes” will examine emerging approaches to disaster risk reduction in low-income communities. It views landscape not only as a source of threat but also as a potential remedy. Sidestepping traditional measures that rely on costly hard infrastructures, more integrative and affordable forms of risk reduction will be addressed. The conference addresses a range of actors involved in disaster risk management: activists, urbanists, engineers and economists.

“Dangerous Landscapes” is part of the Herrenhausen Conference Series initiated by the Volkswagen Foundation. The steering committee is chaired by Christian Werthmann (Institute for Landscape Architecture) and consists of Ulrike Grote (Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade) and Jörg Dietrich (Institute for Water Resources Management) as members of the TRUST Research Initiative (Transdisciplinary Rural Development Studies) at the Leibniz University of Hannover, and Miho Mazereeuw (Director of Urban Risk Lab at MIT) and Claudio Acioly (Head of Capacity Building at UN-Habitat) as international partners. The conference establishes a further link to a series of conferences initiated by the Informal Urbanism Hub as part of the UN-Habitat University Initiative (UNI).

 Confirmed Speakers Include:

Alejandro Echeverri, Medellín; Gerardo Gazmuri, Haiti; Undine Giseke, Berlin; David Gouverneur, Philadelphia; Johann-Christian Hannemann, Munich; Kate Harawa, Glasgow; Dan Lewis, Nairobi; Michel Matera, Maputo; Miho Mazereeuw, Cambridge, MA; Sarah Nandudu, Kampala, Chelina Odbert, Nairobi, Ronak B. Patel, Stanford, Jörg Rekittke, Melbourne, Wolfgang Rieger, Munich; Jakob Ryhner, Bonn; Torsten Schlurmann, Hanover; Rajendra Singh, Rajasthan; Hannes Taubenböck, Pfaffenhofen; Phil Thompson, Cambridge, MA; Koko Warner, Bonn; Fernando Zapata, Medellín.


Cluster 1: Towards a Deeper Understanding of Risk

Cluster 2: Community-based Knowledge and Coping Strategies

Cluster 3: Landscape-based Disaster Risk Management

Cluster 4: Weaving and Wiring


In the framework of the conference the Medellin and Sao Paulo parts of the exibition “out there – Landscape Architecture on Global Terrain – ” will be opened in the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Herrenhäuser Straße 8.

Exibition Opening: 19.30 November 28, 2017 


There are no fees for attendance but online-registration is essential. The conference language is English.

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