Talk: Mauerpark Berlin
April 8, 2021
4:00 pm-5:00 pm
Zoom meeting ID: 981 5129 0161
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Since 2016 Frank Sleegers has collaborated with German Landscape Architect Gustav Lange. Gustav Lange designed one of the most vibrant contemporary parks in Germany - the Mauerpark Berlin on the former Death Strip of the Berlin Wall. While the first phase of the park has begun in 1994, the last construction phase was completed in the fall of 2020. Lange’s careful attention to form and his sensitivity to create spaces for randomness and non-determined activities are remarkable as they are both fundamental and crucial elements for his dialectic design philosophy. Sleegers will investigate the role of form and space in an urban park and provide new knowledge about Gustav Lange and his oeuvre.
Frank Sleegers is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His work centers on strategies to rebuild urban environments through ecology, community, art and aesthetics. Sleegers teaches design studios and courses in landscape architecture and urban design.
The Zube Lecture Series is named for Erv Zube, former head of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from 1974 to 1980. His research made numerous seminal contributions to landscape planning theory and practice. Erv and his wife Margaret endowed at UMass in 2004 to “bring scholars to the department to stimulate and enrich our academic community in landscape architecture and planning." The Zube endowment has been supported generously by alumni, students and faculty.