The key to designing sustainable and identity-forming open spaces is dealing respectfully with history and the traces of it that have been preserved. The elements that have been handed down are intentionally supplemented with a new layer.
Examining the history of a location makes us as landscape architects people “who understand time” and holds diverse potentials for the present and future. Besides a scholarly reappraisal of the history of a location’s evolution, taking stock of and analyzing what already exists involves in particular assessing it from the perspective of historic garden restoration. With our designs, we do not want to merely preserve or reconstruct the existing inventory, but also to develop something new from the old that corresponds to people’s current requirements. Transforming the historical dimension of a location creates sustainable open spaces with an identity-forming effect.