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Name Underground Landscapes, Karlsplatz Station, Munich
Location Munich
Country Germany
Authors Milkana Mladenova, Natalia Vergara
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48.140089, 11.566404, Karlsplatz (Stachus) Karlsplatz (Stachus), Munich, Germany


Short Introduction to the Area of Study

Karlsplatz is one of the busiest stations in Munich as in 2009, 351 million passengers rode the U-Bahn. This is why it is one of the most important landmarks in Munich and therefore an everyday landscape both for locals and tourists. Since its construction in the early 1970s it developed as a “city within the city “. It houses a shopping center, bank, food courts and ticket counters in 5 levels underground, differentiated by color and texture in order to make the experience of the travelers an easier and better one, as well as in above ground it connects to the main tourist’s attractions and the shopping district. Its importance is emphasized by the fact that all public transport lines intersect in this point, making it a very known place by the people that pass through it every single day and somehow do not consider it as “their everyday landscape”.

Exercise 1: Sketching the Landscape

Time frame: October 25 - November 15, 2011

Student activities:

  • Creation of analytical drawings and sketches
  • Presentation of results

Please upload a selection of your drawings/sketches/mental maps and add them to the image gallery

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.

Please publish your findings here

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

Please publish your findings here

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.

Hernando Barragán interactive art, Video <videoflash>VRh8feHS0pM&feature=youtu.be</videoflash>

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