Green infrastructure facilitates the use of natural resources to generate ecosystem services including provision of edible products, clean drinking water and fresh air. Green infrastructure is vital for physical and mental well-being in cities, and is known to promote social cohesion and a sense of security. Design and planning of living environments must therefore acknowledge these intrinsic connections between nature and society and consciously develop strategies that facilitate these interactions, particularly in urban and suburban areas.
Teaching at the Institute of Landscape Planning and Ecology therefore combines basic principles of ecology with methods and techniques of landscape planning and design enabling targeted in-depth studies (see figure).
We work in an interdisciplinary manner on the ecological challenges in urban ecosystems and landscape planning and offer lectures, seminars and excursions for students of the following study programmes, and as part of “Studium Generale” cross-faculty courses:
- BSc/MSc Architecture and Urban Planning
- MSc Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design
- BSc/MSc Environmental Engineering
- MSc Infrastructure Planning
- MSc Water Resources Engineering and Management
- BSc Traffic Engineering
Topics for qualification work
Currently, we assign topics in the field of urban ecology, especially in the areas of urban green infrastructure, nature-based solutions, urban restoration, urban biodiversity and co-habitation, preferences for and valuation of natural elements and urban landscapes, as well as in the thematic complex of state-wide analyses of open space in Baden-Württemberg and the modelling of nutrient cycles.
The topics can be mostly addressed in an application-oriented way as well as on a theoretical level. They can be related to our research projects.
If you are interested, please contact Prof. Dr. L. Fischer or Dr. Schwarz-von Raumer with a proposal for a specific topic. After a first discussion of your topic proposal, if necessary, you will be asked to prepare your exposé, which will serve as a basis for the registration of the topic.