Overpass Landscapes

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Name Overpass from Dresden Hauptbahnhof to Neustadt bahnhof
Location Dresden
Country Germany
Authors Natalia Kita and Dragana Romic
Overpass landscapes.jpg
<googlemap version="0.9" lat="51.055747" lon="13.744926" zoom="13" width="300" height="300">

51.040584, 13.73188 Dresden Hauptbahnhof 51.065511, 13.739862 Dresden Neustadt bahnhof </googlemap>>

Short Introduction to the Area of Study

Overpasses are important as a transport structures, but also as elements of everyday landscape which thousansd of people pass on their way.

Dresden’s railway overpass is located in the western part from the city center and connects 3 train stations: Dresden Neustadt, Dresden Mitte and Dresden Hauptbahnhof. Points where overpass cut the streets, space under and it’s surrounding lie in area of our biggest interest. It’a place where pedestrian, cyclists, people going by car and train meet for short moment, to continue travel to their destination.

These places usually exist in people’s minds as not pleasant for the eye structure, sometimes dirty and scary which they need to just go through to get on the other side, in reality the usage and meaning of it, can be much more sophisticated. Overpasses create landscape windows, they can be background, foreground, accent or cover to different spaces. Specific thing about overpasses is that no one is taking responsibility for them; they are a consequence of traffic engineering, and in-between open space and closed space. Also architects nor landscape architects see them as an object that is in their domain.

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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