Version November 22, 2018 –keynotes and structure as result of peer review process (w/o speakers)

20th International Conference on Information Technologies in Landscape Architecture:

Landscape: Informed by Science, Shaped by Design

Thematic focal points:






Geoodesign Workshop  | Public Lecture Bauhaus and Landscape Architecture  | Start DLA Summer School Visual Assessment

Landscape Informed by Science, Shaped by Design  |  Analog+Digital  |  Geodesign

BIM  |  Workshops AR und VR  |   Algorithmic Landscape   |   Smart City

Teaching Digital Landscape Architecture   |  Excursion

DLA Summer School Visual Assessment (last day in residence)


Schwabestraße 3, Marmorsaal (Gebäude 01, Raum 114) 06846 Dessau

09.00 -10.00DLA Registration - Please sign up for the workshops
10.00 – 17.00Optional one day hands-on workshop
State-of-the-art Geodesign case study on urban development
Prof. Dr. Carl Steinitz, CASA/UCL and Harvard University, United States
Dr. Michele Campagna, University di Cagliari, Italy et al.
see separate description for prerequisites

ROOM 004

Gebäude 8, Bauhausstr. 05, 06846 Dessau

10.00-17.00Begin of optional integrated five day DLA Summer School Exploration in VISUAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (3 credits ECTS)
Prof. Dr. James F. Palmer, T. J. Boyle Associates, Burlington, United States
see separate description for prerequisites


Gropiusallee 38, 06846 Dessau

16.00-18.00DLA Registration - In the foyer of the Bauhaus Aula - Please sign up for the workshops
18.00 - 21.00Public Lecture Bauhaus and Landscape Architecture
English/Deutsch - simultaneous translation
Anhalt University in cooperation with BDLA

Public Keynote:
Prof. Dr. Sonja Dümpelmann, Harvard University, United States
The Bauhaus Out-of-Doors: Landscape Architecture, the Avant-garde, and Its Legacy in 20th-Century Germany

Moderation: Dr. Jörg Rekittke, Leibniz University Hanover, Germany
Music: Susanne Haase, Saxophone, Leipzig
Welcome Addresses:
Dr. Regina Bittner, Associate Director of Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and Head of Academy of Bauhaus
Dessau Foundation, Germany
Prof. Dr. Jörg Bagdahn, President Anhalt University, Germany
Till Rehwaldt, President BDLA, Germany
Prof. Heinz W. Hallmann, Landschaftsarchitekt BDLA Aachen, Germany
Fritz Auweck, Chairman International affairs BDLA and- IFLA Delegate Chamber of Architects BAK / BDLA
Matthias Därr, Chamber of Architects, Saxony Anhalt, Germany
19.00-19:30Panel with above-named guests:
The Bauhaus and its Relevance in the Digital Age
19.30-21.00Reception with Projekt Chor Bernburg (req.)


Gropiusallee 38, 06846 Dessau

08.00-09.00DLA RegistrationIn the foyer of the Bauhaus Aula - Please sign up for the workshops
09.00-09.15Welcoming addressProf. Dr. Elena Kashtanova, Dean, Department of Agriculture, Anhalt University
09.15-10.00Opening KeynoteProf. Kathryn Moore, President IFLA, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom
Landscape Architecture Practice in Europe
10.30-12.00Session 1Landscape: Informed by Science, Shaped by Design

Moderation: tba

Dr. Stephen Ervin, Harvard University and Dr. Jörg Rekittke, Leibniz University, Hanover, Germany
Landscape: Informed by Science, Shaped by Design - Introduction
Prof. Aidan Ackerman, ESF Syracuse. N.Y., United States
Computation and Visualization of Coastal Sea Level Rise Mitigation Strategies: Digital Applications of Scientific Data to Formulate Design Workflows for Climate Change
Dr. Ata Tara, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
Towards Managing Visual Impacts on Public Spaces: A Quantitative Approach to Studying Visual Complexity and Enclosure Using Visual Bowl and Fractal Dimension
Paola Sturla, Harvard Graduate School of Design, United States
Landscape Perception through Complex Data: Exploring George Hargreaves’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London
13.00-14.00Session 2Analog and Digital Landscape Architecture
Keynote Prof. Dr. Carl Steinitz, CASA/UCL and Harvard University, United States and Dr. Joseph Claghorn, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Landscape Architecture from Analog to Digital: A Personal Perspective
14.00-15.30Parallel lectureModeration: tba

Dr. Agnès Patuano, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Investigating Landscape Preference Using Fractal Geometry
Dr. Madeline Brown, University of Florida United States
ILAS: Intrinsic Landscape Assessment System for Landscape Design and Planning in the National Capital Region
Marcel Bilurbina, AELAND, Spain
Landscape Design Methodology: Pattern Formation Through the Use of Cellular Automata
Tianyi Zhao, Southeast University, Nanjing, China
Researching on the Tidal Flooding Through the Coastal Simulation: Developing Potential Managed Realignment Areas of Humber Estuary in England
14.00-15.30Parallel 1.5 hour workshop:WS 2A: Lands Design: landscaping design tools for Rhino - Francesc Salla a. Anna Villafañe, Asuni, Barcelona, Spain
16.00-17.30Parallel lecture Session 3:Moderation: Prof. Dr Michele Campagna, Università di Cagliari, Italy

Presentations on the theme Geodesign
Dr. Jörg Rekittke, Leibniz University Hanover and Philip Paar, Laubwerk, Berlin, Germany
Experience of a Genuine Geodesign Act
Timothy Murtha, Luwei Wang, University of Florida, United States
Historical Analysis of Land Use Change and Geodesign of Rapid Urbanization: Orlando, Florida, USA
Prof. Brian Orland, University of Georgia, United States
Improving our Global Infrastructure: The International Geodesign Collaboration
Zihao Zhang, University of Virginia, United States
The Future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in Landscape Design: A Case Study in Coastal Virginia, USA

16.00-17.30Parallel 1.5 hour workshop:WS 3: Augmented Reality for Landscape Design – Prof. Dr. Matthias Pietsch, Daeyong Kim,
Pool 2 in G.02 Mathias Feimer, Susanne Raabe, Anhalt University, Germany
19.00-20.00Public KeynoteProf. Dr. Mike Batty, CASA, The Bartlett, University College London, United Kingdom
Networks in Design: Resolving Conflicts and Reaching for Optimality in City Planning
Moderation: Sairah Badar, Anhalt University, Germany
20.00Reception in Bauhaus canteen with World Melange from Bernburg


Gebäude 8, Bauhausstr. 05 · 06846 Dessau

Prof. Sarah Williams, MIT's School of Architecture and Planning, United States
Data|Action: Build It! Hack it! Share It
10.00-10.30Expo, Poster Exhibition, Coffee break
10.30-12.00Parallel lecture Session 4
BIM for Landscape – State of the Art

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Andreas Thon, Hochschule Geisenheim University, Germany

Aleander Peters, Hochschule Geisenheim University, Germany
Best Practises and First Steps of Implementing BIM in Landscape Architecture and its Reflection of Necessary Workflows and Working Processes
Matthias Funk, Scape, Germany
How to BIM - Workflows in Landscape Architecture
Dr. rer. nat. Johannes Gnädinger, PSU Munich, Germany
The BIM Lifecycle in Environmental and Landscape Planning

10.30-12.00Parallel lecture Session 5
Smart Cities and Smart Regions
ROOM 005

Moderation: Prof. Brian Orland, University of Georgia, United States

Dr. David L. Tulloch , Rutgers University, United States
Geohealth Meets Geodesign: The Multidisciplinary Challenges of Informing the Regional Design Studio with Human Health Research
Günter Gruber, RSA iSPACE Salzburg, Austria
Indicator-based Landscape Assessment Matrix for Defining Land Use Priority Zones in the Salzburg FUA
Thomas Machl, Technische Univerität München TUM, Germany
Planning Agricultural Core Road Networks based on a Digital Twin of the Cultivated Landscape
Dr. Siqing Chen¸ The University of Melbourne, Australia
Spatial Aggregation and Renewable Energy Landscape Planning: A Case Study in Victoria

12.00-13.00Lunch, Expo
13.00-14.30Parallel lecture Session 4 (cont.)
BIM for Landscape – Future Development
Prof. Dr. Stephen Ervin, Harvard University, United States

Mike Shilton, Landscape Institute
Digital Transformation in Landscape Design using BIM Processes

Dr. Andreas Carstens, Esri
BIM & GIS - new dimensions of improved collaboration in infrastructure and environment

Mr. Eric Gilbey, Vectorworks, RLA ASLA
Using Landscape BIM to Meet Site Design Requirements
13.00-14.30Parallel lecture Session 6
Point Cloud Applications in Landscape Architecture
ROOM 005
Prof. Pia Fricker, Aalto University, Finland

Dr. Ulrike Wissen Hayek, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Preparing 3D Point Clouds as Stimuli for Landscape Preference Studies: Lessons Learned
Jozef Sedláček, Radim Klepárník, Mendel University, Czech Republic
Testing Dense Point Clouds from UAV Surveys for Landscape Visualizations
Drew Hill, Utah State University, United States
How Virtual Reality Impacts the Landscape Architecture Design Process during the Phases of Analysis and Concept Development at the Master Planning Scale
Verena Vogler, Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany
High-Resolution Underwater 3-D Monitoring Methods to Reconstruct Artificial Coral Reefs in the Bali Sea: A Case Study of an Artificial Reef Prototype in Gili Trawangan
13:00 - 14.30Hands-on Workshops (parallel)

  • Workshop Landscape Architecture and BIM - Hochschule Osnabrück

  • BIM – Workshop with Vectorworks – Dr. Achim Hoffman-Brüning COMBRIO

  • Digital Workflows for 3 D planning in landscape architecture – Esri

14.30 - 15.00 Coffee Break, Expo – Please hand in your vote on the posters
15.00-16.30Parallel lecture Session 7
Algorithmic Landscapes
ROOM 005
Dr. Ulrike Wissen Hayek, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Ilmar Hurkxkens, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Computational Terrain Modeling with Distance Functions for Large Scale Landscape Design
Dr. S. Elif Serdar, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Generative Landscape Modeling in Urban Open Space Design: An Experimental Approach
Prof. Pia Fricker, Aalto University, Finland
Structuralism: Patterns of Interaction Computational Design Thinking across Scales

15.00-16.30Hands-on Workshops (parallel)

  • WS 4B: Workshop Landscape Architecture and BIM – Dr. Ilona Brückner, Hochschule Osnabrück (English)

  • WS 5B: BIM – Workshop with Vectorworks – Dr. Achim Hoffman-Brüning COMBRIO, Germany

  • WS 6B: Digital Workflows for 3 D planning in landscape architecture – Esri

16.30-17.00Final Panel Discussion on
Future of BIM in Landscape Architecture
17.00–18.30Guided Bauhaus Tour with Jeanne Colgan
19.30-22.30Conference Dinner at Kornhaus Dessau: DLA Awards, Bernburg Jazz Ensemble JAZZONANZ


09.00-09.40KeynoteProf. Dr. Mintai Kim. Virginia Tech, United States
Geodesign: Common Language of Design and Planning Teaching and Research
Moderation: Ruben Joye, University College Ghent, Belgium
09.40-10.005-minute presentations - Presentation of winning posters
10.30-12.00Parallel lectures session 8 - AUDIMAXAugmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Immersive Displays in Landscape Design (cont.)
Moderation:Prof. Dr. James F. Palmer, T. J. Boyle Associates, Burlington, United States

Ruben Joye, University College Ghent, Belgium
The Best Paper Format and Viewing Distance to Represent the Scope and Scale of Visual Impacts
Ana Moural, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Aas, Norway
User Experience in Mobile Virtual Reality: An On-site Experience
Dr. Adam Tomkins, The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Tracking Visual Engagement in Mixed Reality: A Framework for analysing interaction with Digital Models
Seungmin Noh, Seoul National University, South Korea
How Useful are Virtual Reality Simulations to the Field of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design? : A Case Study
10.30-12.00Parallel lectures session 9 - ROOM 005Teaching Digital Landscape Architecture
Moderation: tba

Prof. Dr.Ulrich Kias, Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University, Germany
"Open Street Map" as a Problem Based Learning Project: Opportunities to Use and Contribute to the Free Map of the World
Iveta Kopřivová, Jozef Sedláček, Mendel University, Czech Republic
Teaching Landscape Architecture: An Experimental Approach Combining Data-driven Methods and Parametric Modelling
Prof. Dr. Benjamin H. George, Utah State University, United States
Teaching and Learning Software in Landscape Architecture: A Survey of Software Use Amongst Faculty and Students
Prof. Dr. Matthias Pietsch, Anhalt University, Germany
Analyzing Ecosystem Services in Armenia Using ArcGIS Online: A Case Study of the Geghard Monastery and the Kotayk Province
12.00-12.30Coffee & Snacks
12.30-13.30Session 8 - AUDIMAXModeration: Prof. Dr. James F. Palmer, T. J. Boyle Associates, Burlington, United States

Jo Boonen, University College of Ghent, Belgium
Exploring the World of Children and Teenagers in a 360° Virtual Environment
Jacqueline McIntosh, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
The Use of VR for Creating Therapeutic Environments for the Health and Wellbeing of Military Personnel, Their Families and Their Communities
Philipp R.W. Urech, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
Point-Cloud Modeling: Exploring a Site-Specific Approach for Landscape Design
Medria Shekar Rani, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
An Iteractive Landscape Planning Process for Sustaining Flood Regulation in the Ci Kapundung Upper Water Catchment Area, Bandung Basin, Indonesia
13.30Closing Panel – Introducing DLA 2020 at GSD, Harvard
Option 1/2 Day Excursion Wörlitz Garden and Bauhaus Dessau
20.00Evening EventMeeting at Tobi or not ToBe Restaurant, Dessau
Option Full Day Excursion : Wörlitz Garden Reich and Bauhaus Dessau

Please note:
Above you find the sequence of sessions, workshops and the keynote lectures.
The final program will have about 50 lectures and 5 workshops within these sessions.
We will also add sessions according to the outcome of the Peer Review Process.
Furthermore, we are developing workshops with different partners.
Please to not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions on the DLA program.

Further invited participants for moderation and of session impulse are
Prof. Dr. Ian Bishop, University of Melbourne, Australia
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Döllner, Hasso-Plattner-Institut, Germany
Prof. Pia Fricker, Aalto University, Finland
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kias, Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Germany
Prof. Dr. Eckart Lange, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Prof. Dr. Brian Orland, University of Georgia, United States
Prof. Dr. James Palmer, State University New York, United States
Prof. Dr. Matthias Pietsch, Anhalt University / Hochschule Anhalt, Germany
Prof. Dr. Michael Roth, Nürtingen-Geislingen University, Germany
Prof. Dr. Josef Strobl, University Salzburg, Austria
Prof. Dr. Dana Tomlin, University of Pennsylvania, United States
Dr. Ulrike Wissen Hayek, ETH Zürich, Switzerland et al.

Please sign up for the workshops as early as possible in order to reserve a seat. Your conference fee also covers the participation of workshops, however, the limited places are given on a first come first serve basis (according to the day of registration).

DLA | Digital Landscape Architecture