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Luisenplatz - Commercial and Transit Central Square

Name Luisenplatz
Location Darmstadt
Country Germany
Authors Lina Gast, Slavica Cepic
Luisenplatz square.jpg
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Short Introduction to the Area of Study

Luisenplatz is a central and most dynamic square in Darmstadt. It is a gravitation point of the city for its central location and the overlap of transit and commercial functions. Luisenplatz is a main public transport change station as many bus and tram lines cross at this square. Pedestrians, cyclists and public transport co-exist at the same place as there is no pavement demarcation between pedestrian paths, bike paths and driveway for the public transport. On the other hand, the square is an “entrance” for the biggest shopping mall in the city and thus attracts many shoppers on a daily base not only from Darmstadt but from the nearby towns as well. It will be interesting to investigate how this place functions, who are the main consumers of the space and how they perceive it.

Exercise 1: Sketching the Landscape

Time frame: October 25 - November 15, 2011

Student activities:

  • Creation of analytical drawings and sketches
  • Presentation of results

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Sketches and Drawings

Exercise 2: Landscape Layers

Time frame: November 15 - 29, 2011

  • time based changes and 'landscape biography', and/or:
  • topography, open spaces, built, green, traffic and water structures on different layers. *Definition of zones with coherent character
  • Description of this character.

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Exercise 3: Behaviour Patterns

Time frame: December 6 - 20, 2011

  • How do people behave in this area? How do they use the space? What is important for them?
  • Observation of study area, interviews with local people and mapping of use patterns.
  • Preparation of short presentation

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Exercise 4: Communication Concepts

Time frame: December 19, 2011 - January 17, 2012

  • Based on the different landscape assessment approaches students will develop a communication concept for their area of study
  • Which measures would be necessary for enhancing the awareness for the area?
  • Students are free to choose their method.

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