Kategorie: Diskurs

Beziehungen des Gartens

Kein Garten ist vorstellbar ohne
einen Anteil an Experiment und
Suche. Und tatsächlich sollten
wir uns dem Thema des Gartens
jenseits des Strukturellen über das
Handeln nähern.

Coltivare la Selva

Stadt als Natur: Eine Idee von Stadtnatur in Berlin Natur bezeichnet für viele zunächst ein Gegenprinzip zur Zivilisation. Natur und Landschaft werden als Ausgleich zur Stadt wahrgenommen; Grün steht gegen Grau. Aber natürlich sind die Begriffe komplexer und die…

Oser les grands parcs

Over the last fifty years or so, Berlin has developed a uniquely integrated idea of urban nature and public space. In joint effect of ecological research, civil action, and landscape design, extensive…

Poetik des Gartens

«Grün ist in der Stadt weder Allheilmittel noch Hoffnung; Grün kann sogar gefährlich werden, wenn mit seiner Verwendung nur bestehende Mängel kaschiert werden» Dieter Kienast, 1981

Nature in the City

Jimmie Durham, La natura in città. Un diario / Nature in the City. A Diary is the latest publication in the series Memorie Minima of the Benetton Foundation. The text, written in 2001 and republished now alongside an Italian translation by Sacha Piersanti, is a poetic reflection on Berlin’s urban nature, which — in another format – was the focus of the 2022 International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens. The book is edited and introduced by Thilo Folkerts.

A Proposal for Donauinsel

Always, islands are places of longing.
(Paul Good)

Thilo Folkerts, A Proposal for Donauinsel.
in: Institute for Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts (Ed.), Wiener Hitze – Architecture and Storytelling in Times of Heat. Park Books, Zurich, 2023 p.251-260

Urban Topographies

The area is not a park yet. It is in the throes of being developed into a hybrid public urban space. Westkreuz is a crazy, very hybrid, disorienting space. Infrastructural lines that cross and enhance geological givens. The area is characterized, informed and hindered by the constructions, sections and constructed disruptions that follow the logic and logistics of train and automotive structures. Can the valleys and ridges, the faces and ravines of these constructed landscapes become the hallmark of a new kind of urban nature? Can we assess the uniqueness of the site, with all its challenges and turn it into a unique new piece of urban space, optimistically building on the topographic strata of our recent pasts?

Natur Park Schöneberger Südgelände and Berlin’s Urban Nature

The book Natur Park Schöneberger Südgelände and Berlin’s Urban Nature is part of the 2022 International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens. A dossier of information and background materials about the award-winning site – and related themes…

Premio Carlo Scarpa 2022

The Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände, and ‘Berlin’s urban nature’ which has flourished as a result, is the recipient of the 32nd International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, instituted and organised by the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche since 1990.

After the Brache

A piece of land, centrally located between Kreuzberg and Mitte, formerly part of the wall-zone. Some 3000 square meters on the back-side of a school, concurrently fronting the public streetscape. At first glance a nondescript site, it bears the potentials of recent historic traces, a vibrant ruderal vegetation and centrality in a supremely hybrid urban situation.

Performative Nature

Schaugarten Malzfabrik publiziert in „Performative Nature“, Katalog der 10. International Biennial of Landscape Architecture, Barcelona, 2021.

Diario di un paesaggista in Cappadocia

Nell’ambito del ciclo di incontri online Sulle tracce del luogo del Premio Carlo Scarpa 2020–2021, pensato per approfondire alcuni dei temi connessi all’ultima edizione del Premio Internazionale Carlo Scarpa per il Giardino, Güllüdere e…


Ri-Vista, Research for Landscape ArchitectureVol 18, No 1 (2020), Exploring Landscapes of Research, Firenze University Pressedited by: Anna Lambertini, Tessa Matteini Cover Image: © Thilo Folkerts.

Immediate Continuity

Visiting a vast, complex and overwhelming landscape. How to find a format to reflect the central issues of first findings and questions? Even to formulate an approach to understand what these central…

Landschaft für Städtebau

Betreuung Landschaftsarchitektur Wintersemester 2018/2019(Rethinking Communal Living. Gemeinschaftliches Wohnen | Erfurt-Nord) */** Sommersemester 2019(Szenarien für das Areal am Milchhof. Arnstadt) * Wintersemester 2019/20(Rethinking Sustainable Urbanism, Städtebaulicher Entwurf Alter Thüringer Bahnhof. Halle (Saale) */**…


30 students of productdesign focused on producing prototypes for water. Watertransport, -pumps, -canals, -locks, -dams and -containers, rainwaterprotection, -collection, -filtration, fountains, sinks, flush toilets, drainage, sewage and fishbowls, watering systems, vaporators and…


Initiated by the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerca, an International workshop on the water system and landscape along the Muson river was held at Spazio Bomben in Treviso in June 2019 …

Rules of the game

The daycare center ‘Sinneswandel’ features a landscape design that supports the bilingual, inclusive empowerment of hearing impaired children. The open playscape becomes an incentive challenge for children to form an identity within…

The Measure of Colour

In a strict formal sense, the Potager du Roi is about ordering and categorizing. Furthermore, the very idea of categorization is at the base of relating ourselves to nature. The landscape architect…


At the International workshop Maredolce-La Favara – A New Landscape for Brancaccio, Palermo three interdisciplinary groups were headed by Tessa Mattinei, Thilo Folkerts and Luigi Latini. The group lead by Thilo Folkerts…

congestion – void

Fülle / Leere( Congestion / Void ) black and white. ground – figurecan we still think like that?when we think about the city: there is no void. The voids are only there…

Minding Memory

As the latest transformation of a war memorial, the project by Jenny Holzen is a civic commitment to art, landscape, and memory. Il Black Garden è un giardino e una scultura pubblica.…

On the return of woods

– transcript of video – The forest is not a central task in my work, but it is one of the central elements of the cultural landscape, so I always touch upon…