Green Typologies - Trees in planters - designing with growth processes

Trees play an important role in urban climate change adaptation strategies. Dense urban situations and urban above- and below-ground technical infrastructure often do not allow the implementation of ground-based tree planting. When using trees in planters, various time aspects have to be considered. Therefore, the seminar aimed at enriching and enlarging the students‘ planning repertoire through the use of trees in planters and, derived from this, discovering new possibilities and techniques of vegetation in planters. Besides learning relevant, vegetative and technical basics, students developed new time-based design concepts for the use of trees in planters as an alternative greening solution in dense urban spaces.


The development of the time-based design concepts was carried out in a real context. Thus, the students designed five time-based concepts for greening by trees in planters for five locations. These included the Neupfarrplatz in Regensburg, the Marktplatz in Stuttgart, the Lüders Parking House in Copenhagen and the Theresienwiese in Munich. Detached from a fixed spatial context was the concept of "Grüne Lagerung", which makes interim use of trees from the nursery in planters before planting them in their final location. All the students' works dealt intensively with the dynamics of trees in planters and the resulting possibilities as well as their limitations.

The Work of Amelina Brandes, Leon Kiermeier and Vincent Wenk on the greening of the Theresienwiese in Munich is presented here.






Teaching team

Fleckenstein, Christoph

Metzler, Felix


Course language




seminar for students of landscapearchitecture and architecture

6 ECTS / 4 SWS