Carl Steinitz

For serious societal and environmental issues, designing for change is inevitably a collaborative endeavor, with participants from various design professions and geographic sciences, linked by technology from several locations for rapid communication and feedback, and reliant on transparent communication with the people of the place who are also direct participants. The framework within which I organize most of my work and teaching strategies has been published in my recent book A Framework for Geodesign, ESRI Press, 2012. I will present an example application of my framework under conditions of little time and small data.
Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, Emeritus Harvard Graduate School of Design Carl Steinitz began his affiliation with the Harvard Graduate School of Design as a research associate in the Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis in 1966. He has held the position of Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at the Graduate School of Design since 1973. Professor Steinitz has devoted much of his academic and professional career to improving methods to analyze large land areas and make decisions about conservation and development.  His applied research focuses on highly valued landscapes that are undergoing substantial pressures for change.  His teaching encompasses such courses as Theories and Methods of Landscape Planning and Visual Landscape Assessment and Management.
In 1984, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) presented Professor Steinitz with the Outstanding Educator Award for his "extraordinary contribution to environmental design education" and for his "pioneering exploration in the use of computer technology in landscape planning, especially in the areas of resource management and visual impact assessment."  In 1996 he received the annual "Outstanding Practitioner Award" from the International Society of Landscape Ecology (USA).  In 2002, he was honored as one of Harvard University's outstanding teachers.
Professor Steinitz is principal author of "Alternative Futures for Changing Landscapes", Island Press, 2003, and author of "A Framework for Geodesign", Esri Press, 2012

Wolfgang Haber

Wolfgang Haber finished his studies of biology, chemistry and geography with a PhD thesis on soil biology. From 1966 till 1994 he held the chair of landscape ecology of the Technische Universität München, Weihenstephan Campus, with research and teaching in landscape, vegetation and ecosystem science, conservation and land use ecology, listing about 460 publications on these topics. He was President both of the Ecological Society of the German-speaking countries and of the International Association of Ecology, and Visiting Professor in Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Japan, and China. Haber served also as scientific advisor for environmental policy of the Federal Government and received many honorary positions and awards.




Born 13 September in Datteln, Westphalia, Germany. Elementary school and college in Datteln


Military service, World War II (Italy), and captivity as prisoner of war (Italy, France)


Undergraduate studies in biology, chemistry, and geography, Universities of Münster,  München (Munich), Basel (Switzerland), Hohenheim.

M.Sc. in biology. Special interest in orchid growing.


Graduate studies in soil microbial ecology and theoretical ecology.

Ph.D. 1957, Universities Hohenheim and Münster.


Junior Scientist, since 1962 Curator, Westphalian Museum of Natural History at Münster. Responsibility for, and research work in nature conservation and landscape management in Westphalia.


President of the German Orchid Society and Editor of its bimonthly journal "Die Orchidee".


Full Professor (lifetime) of Landscape Ecology at the Technische Universität München (TUM, Munich University of Technology), School of Landscape Architecture and Landscape Ecology ("Landespflege") at the Weihenstephan Campus of TUM.

Teaching and research in general and landscape ecology, vegetation and ecosystem science, conservation biology, agro-ecology, and land use history.


Co-founder of the Gesellschaft für Ökologie (Ecological Society of the German-speaking countries).


President of the Gesellschaft für Ökologie


Member of the Advisory Committees for Nature Conservation of both the State of Bavaria Government and the German Federal Government.


Member, since 1985 Chairman of the German Federal Council of Environmental Advisors and Editor of 5 important reports on the state of the environment.

Since 1981

Member, 1992-2003 Speaker of the Deutscher Rat für Landespflege (German Council of Land Use Management)


President of the International Association for Ecology (INTECOL),


Since 1996

Activities as ecological advisor and senior ecologist (also in Switzerland and China), as environmental expert, author of ecological articles and contributions to scientific publications and meetings, supervisor of several PhD students.


About 460 publications, incl. 4 books, and 12 editorships


Honorary doctor degree in agricultural sciences, Hohenheim University. Einstein Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.


Recipient of 5 national awards and prizes, including the German Environment Prize (1993), the highest German award for lifetime achievements in environmental sciences


Travels, field trips, congress participations in many countries in all 5 continents


Since 1959 married to Barbara Haber, 1 son, 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren.


Martha C. Fajardo

Former IFLA President

Open Lecture at Bauhaus Aula In cooperation with bdla Bund Deutscher Landschaftsarchitekten Thursday, June 4, 2014, 18:00

Landscape: beyond the view

The Power of Landscape: case studies in Colombia LALI (Latin American Landscape Initiate), a novel idea to approach, to understand, to rediscover, to think and to interact with the landscape.

Laudation: Prof. Arno Schmid; Former IFLA President; Leonberg, Germany  Moderation: Robert Schäfer, Journalist


Martha Fajardo is a Colombian Landscape Architect, Doctor of Letters (DLitt). She has over 27 years of experience in leading national and international roles, playing a key role in establishing the profession in countries all around the globe, with a contribution towards safeguarding the viability of the natural environment and towards developing and maintaining a humane built environment in cities, towns and villages. Martha Fajardo  is responsible for significant projects to enhance and protect natural and cultural environments in her native country. During her presidency and as past president of IFLA, Martha was tireless in her efforts to advance education in the field in Latin America, China, India, Africa, and other developing regions. She has provided leadership in advancing environmental design practice and education in Latin America over the past two decades. This has included lecturing, participation in capacity building programmes and support to education. 

Detailed Informations: Link

Matthew W. Wilson


Matthew W. Wilson, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky and Visiting Scholar at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University. He co-founded and co-directs the New Mappings Collaboratory which studies and facilitates new engagements with geographic representation. His research in critical GIS draws upon STS and urban political geography to understand the development and proliferation of location-based technologies, with particular attention to the consumer electronic sector. He has previously taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and his current research project focuses on the founding of the Laboratory for Computer Graphics at Harvard in 1965, a catalyzing moment in the advent of the digital map. His work has been published in leading journals and collections including, Society & Space, Landscape & Urban Planning, Qualitative GIS (Sage), Geoforum, The Professional Geographer, the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Cartographica, Social & Cultural Geography, Gender, Place & Culture, and Environment & Planning A.

2005 to 2009. Doctor of Philosophy (Geography), University of Washington. Dissertation: Coding Community. [committee: Timothy Nyerges, Michael Brown, Sarah Elwood, Christine DiStefano]
2003 to 2005.
Master of Arts (Geography), University of Washington. Thesis: Implications for a public participation geographic information science: Analyzing trends in researchand practice. [committee: Timothy Nyerges, Michael Brown]
1999 to 2002.
Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude), Northwest Missouri State University.Major in Geography, double-minor in Geographic Information Systems and Computer Science Information Systems.employment
2015 to present.
Associate Professor (with tenure), Dept. of Geography, University of Kentucky.
2011 to 2015.
Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Dept. of Geography, University of Kentucky.
2013 to 2014.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Design. Visiting Scholar, Centerfor Geographic Analysis. Harvard University.
2009 to 2011.
Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Dept. of Geography, Ball State University.
2008 to 2009.
Editorial Assistant, Social & Cultural Geography, Routledge.
2004 to 2008.
Instructor, GIS Certificate Program, UW Extension Outreach.
2007 to 2008.
GIS Analyst. ACLU Drug Law Reform Project. Supervisor: K. Beckett, UW.
2003 to 2009.
Graduate Assistant, Department of Geography, University of Washington.
current affiliations
Visiting Scholar, Center for Geographic Analysis. Harvard University.Co-director, Wired Residential College, University of Kentucky.


Eckart Lange


LANDSCAPES 360. Developments in panoramic landscape representation

In the planning and design disciplines we usually work with 2D plans, sketches and sections or perspective representations of our environment, i.e. "images" in the wider sense including perspective drawings or computer graphic renderings.

With the exception of the digitally based approaches most techniques have a tradition of hundreds of years. Plans typically only cover a rather limited area of our environment whereas images only offer a framed view of the world.

Already in the late 18th century the panorama was invented by the English painter Robert Barker. Unlike plans and images, panoramas offer a viewing experience up to 360 degrees, thus resembling the view in the real world, albeit from a fixed position.

Within a relatively short period of time the panorama proved to be highly successful and already in 1793 the first building dedicated to display cylindrical panoramas was custom-built at Leicester Square in London. Only in a few years such buildings to display panoramas were constructed in large numbers. Nowadays hardly any of these buildings exist anymore.

Immersive large screen projections, VR studios and caves often housed in dedicated buildings can be seen as the modern equivalent of the traditional panorama.

This presentation will cover the whole range of panoramic representations, from historic panoramas to the modern equivalent and will also include some often unnoticed panoramic representations in everyday life.



Eckart Lange is Professor at the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield. He holds a Dipl.-Ing. in Landscape Planning from the TU Berlin, a Master in Design Studies from Harvard University and a Dr. sc. techn. from ETH Zürich.

His research focuses on how landscape and environmental planning can influence anthropogenic landscape change, while developing innovative methodologies of how advanced virtual landscape visualizations and modeling can be used to explore human reaction to these changes. He has published widely on these topics.

In 2008 he was appointed as visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences and in 2014 he has been visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

Since 2008, he is a member of the scientific committee of the European Environment Agency in the area of spatial planning and management of natural resources.

In 2011 he was elected as the first ever academic fellow of the Landscape Institute (Royal Chartered Body for Landscape Architects in the United Kingdom).

He is a member of the editorial boards of the two leading academic journals in the field, Landscape and Urban Planning (Elsevier) and Landscape Journal (CELA, University of Wisconsin Press) and has recently been appointed to the boards of the two key landscape architecture journals in China, Landscape Architecture (BLY Landscape and Architecture Planning and Design Institute) and Chinese Landscape Architecture (Chinese Society of Landscape Architecture).

Honors include e.g. a Fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2004), the Tewksbury Fellowship of the University of Melbourne (2006), the 2011 Excellence in Research & Creative Works Award of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) and the first ever ECLAS Outstanding Researcher Award in 2013 by the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools.

Jürgen Döllner

A rapidly growing collection of digital tools, systems, and applications is shaping the way we manage challenges in scientific disciplines and, to a significant degree, defines the scope of possible options and solutions we can develop. In the past few years, a general movement toward distributed, service-based IT solutions can be observed. The software architecture of geovisualization applications and systems demands efficient methods for coping with the conditions and restrictions of mobile devices such as limited networking and computing resources. Service-oriented approaches for scalable, mobile geovisualization applications can be based on a number of key technological concepts. I will address challenges that have to be met along with many technology building blocks recently developed in the field of mobile solutions for virtual 3D city models and landscape models.

Jürgen Döllner studied mathematics and computer science at the University of Siegen, Germany (1987-1992). He got his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Münster, Germany, in 1996; he also received here his habilitation degree in 2001. In 2001 he became full professor for computer science ("C4" position) at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute at the University of Potsdam, where he is leading the computer graphics and visualization department. In his department, currently about 14 Ph.D. candidates and PostDocs are employed, complemented by about 20 temporary research assistants. His major research areas represent concepts, tools, and techniques for complex software systems, in particular, graphics-based systems. His research topics include geovisualization (3D real-time rendering, 3D non-photorealistic rendering, geovisualization, virtual 3D city models, and 3D virtual environments) as well as software analysis/visualization (structural visualization, dynamics visualization, evolutionary visualization, software maps, and system/code metrics related to software systems). He is author of more than 200 papers in computer graphics and visualization (for an overview of publications see He steadily serves as reviewer to a number of international and national journals, conferences, and workshops. Since 2003, he is member of the director's board of the German association of geoinformatics industry GeoKomm ( Apart from his work as university professor, he is also engaged in technology start up companies: He was co-founder of the 3D Geo GmbH, a company specializing in 3D GIS and geovisualization, which developed the LandXplorer software system; the company was completely acquired by Autodesk Inc. in 2008. He is co-founder of Software Diagnostics GmbH, a company specializing in tools for automated software analysis and visualization ( He is co-founder of the 3D Content Logistics GmbH, a software company dedicated to mobile mapping technology ( As a consultant, he is involved in a large number of technology-driven software projects in the Germany Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as well as in companies and startups. He also serves as member of the supervisory board in the Quadfolium Group, a group of companies investing in technology and real-estate enterprises. Web