Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl, Überlingen, Bejing, Hamburg, Singapore
Gerhard has been practicing landscape architecture and planning for more than 20 years. Since 1998 he has specialized in international project management, having successfully led projects in the US, Great Britain, Australia, UAE and other countries.
The emphasis of his work extends beyond classical landscape architecture to urban space design and its integration into existing city structures. He has especially developed competences in innovative and strategic technologeis for sustainable, resource productive design which create life-supporting and aesthetic built enviroments.
Since October 2011 he sits on the expert commission for sustainable urban design for the German Association of Sustainable Building (LEED or BREEAM equivalent).
„Water in the dense city“
session 2: dealing with urban density 11.15 – 12.30
Without water, there is no life. Global climate change, urbanisation, and increasing demand for limited resources are an increasing challenge. Within this reality, water is of critical importance – finite, indispensable and under threat. Now as never before, an integrated approach to city design has become a necessity to reconcile the challenges of resource management, environmental protection and human quality of life. Tried and trusted conventional infrastructure systems are no longer safe and cost-effective solutions. Therefore the philosophy behind “water sensitive urban design” is the next generation of urban infrastructure where habitat, city and recreational space are rolled into one, fulfilling indispensable strategic resource management task. The networking of city public space as interactive, ecological infrastructure – publicly visible, technically simple and beautiful – is the basis for a future-oriented approach, to assure our urban future.