Prof. Dr. Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Dr. Konstanze Sylva Domhardt, Rainer Schützeichel
With a few exceptions our built environment has been altered and reshaped for centuries by human designs. The planning disciplines at work in urban, suburban and rural spaces – urban design, urban planning, regional planning and landscape architecture – have to confront this anthropogenic inheritance on a daily basis, relying on shared notions. However neither a consistent terminology, acknowledging the historical development of these fields of work, nor a system of classification and analysis of the highly varied, diverse aspects of the spaces designed by humankind have to date been available.
This gap will be filled by the planned ‘Encyclopaedia of Designed Space’ (working title). Keeping a constant eye on international debates, it will form the long-overdue theoretical and historical backbone to contemporary planning practice in the German-speaking countries and provide a solid basis for reflexive, scientific working methods – and thus for innovative, sustainable planning. Structured thematically and chronologically, individual and grouped aspects of designed space will be studied and contextualised in terms of their historical development, of terminology and of their practical application.