Peter-Joseph-Lenné-Prize of Berlin Call for Entries 2014

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Task A: Berlin

IGA Berlin 2017 – International IGA Campus
Project planning and spatial concept for the IGA Campus with its modules of the International Camp, the Global School Garden and the Green Classroom


Task A – IGA Berlin 2017 may be changed. Please visit the website for the new documents and materials early march.

Task B: National

“Großfestung Koblenz” – Regional Fortification System – Opportunities For Open Space
Fortress remains as a driving force behind a new green urban identity

Task C: International

City of London – The Cultural Spine
Upgrading of urban spaces connecting St Paul’s Cathedral and the Barbican

Important dates:

Date of issue 03 February 2014
Submission: 15 August 2014

Participation conditions:

Teams or individuals are eligible to take part provided that everyone is under the age of 35 on 15 August 2014. Each participant may only compete in one of the three tasks and may only submit one entry. There are no other participation conditions.

By participating, the candidates agree to their submitted work becoming the property of the initiator, being exhibited and discussed in public and being reproduced for documentation and archiving. They also agree to the work submitted for the competition or parts thereof being published by the institutions involved in the call for tenders (Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment; Grün Berlin GmbH; Akademie der Künste (Academy of the Arts), Berlin; Federation of German Landscape Architects (BDLA); Technical University of Berlin; Beuth Hochschule Berlin; Karl Foerster Foundation with reference to the author. Wherever possible, the designs will be forwarded to the appropriate organisations for future use. Copyrights remain with the author.

Request for complete competition documents:

Documents containing the tasks and conditions of the competition are provided in the download service (German only).

Type of process:

The Peter-Joseph-Lenné-Prize, organised by the state of Berlin, is the world’s largest competition of ideas for young horticultural and landscape architects, landscape planners, scientists, architects and artists. Candidates may be studying these disciplines or already working in them. The project is initiated by the Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment. The prize plays a key role in developing new ideas in design, planning and use of plants in horticultural architecture and landscape planning as well as promoting the careers of young planners and designers. The work focuses on illustrated depictions. Work is assessed on an anonymous basis. Each candidate must submit two draft plans on paper in the required DIN A0 format and one CD containing printable versions of both plans as pdf and jpeg. The work must be submitted in German. English is also accepted.

For each task, an independent jury will decide which solutions will be awarded the Peter-Joseph-Lenné-Prize. Other high quality work may be awarded Peter-Joseph-Lenné-Commendations. Karl-Foerster-Commendations may be awarded to work displaying very good use of plants.

The winners will be awarded their prizes at a ceremony in November 2014 at Berlin’s Akademie der Künste. The results of the process and illustrations of the best and most interesting work will be published in a document.

Jury 2014

Till Rehwaldt
Freischaffender Landschaftsarchitekt Rehwaldt Landschaftsarchitekten, Dresden, BDLA

Prof. Dipl. Ing Ulrike Böhm
Freischaffende Landschaftsarchitektin bbzl – böhm benfer, zahiri, Berlin; Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Leitung Fachgebiet Landschaftsarchitektur, BDLA

Lasse Malzahn
Berlin, Peter-Joseph-Lenné-Preisträger 2012

Rüdiger Dittmar
Werkleiter Eigenbetrieb der Stadt Koblenz, Grünflächen- und Bestattungswesen


A Peter-Joseph-Lenné-Prize amounting to € 5,000 can be awarded in each of the categories.
The Peter-Joseph-Lenné-Commendations involve a book prize.
The commendations from the Karl Foerster Foundation are worth a total of € 1,500.

Submission of documents:

The documents (CD containing text and image files and two DIN A0 plans) must be delivered or handed in by 15 August 2014, 6 p.m., to

Grün Berlin GmbH, Reception
Columbiadamm 10, Turm 7
12101 Berlin, Germany

Further Information:

Visit the website for the procedure.

System of Open Spaces: Concrete Project Strategies for Urban Territories


TARDIN, Raquel. System of Open Spaces: Concrete Project Strategies for Urban Territories. New York: Springer, 2012.

The book was first published in Portuguese (Rio de Janeiro, Editora 7 Letras, 2008), and then in Spanish (Buenos Aires, Editorial Nobuko, 2010). For this English version, an important review was carried out, improving the content of the book.

Editor’s Note:

This book is an elaboration of a method of recognition, analysis, evaluation, and proposal of the planning of open spaces in a system for the purpose of spatial planning. The topic addressed is a currently much debated issue and interest in the proposed problem will continue to grow. In that sense, there is a demand for this type of work, a new methodology from the point of view of landscape and spatial planning. The work reflects the landscape planning approach to spatial planning, using open space as a structuring element of the urban territory and taking into account its functions within the urban context.

In general, in the majority of cities, open spaces tend to be treated as land put aside for future urban occupation, environmental reserves, or simply no man’s land. Conversely, what this book proposes is reversing this perspective and thinking positively about open spaces. In this manner, the existing values of these spaces and the permanence of these spaces in a system of open spaces interrelated with urban occupation can be used for possible territorial restructuring. The work highlights the importance of considering open spaces as components and structuring elements of urban occupation. Here, open spaces and urban occupation are interrelated and have mutual influence, and their direct relationship allows for new intervention opportunities for the development, maintenance, and management of the territory in a sustainable way, through planning and design.

This book takes a practical approach to answering a relevant question, instead of simply providing information or making a simple claim. At the same time, it presents a theoretical approach and introduces the issue under discussion in a general way, providing new arguments. Although the book focuses on a case study in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the conclusions drawn are of global relevance.

The book is fully illustrated and will be of interest to planners, landscape architects, urban designers, geographers, and architects, whether they are professionals, researchers, or students.