Increased use of modern technology in landscape architecture is intended to combat the negative consequences of climate change. But where is this development leading? How far can the technological optimization of nature go? What opportunities and risks do the cyborg landscapes of the future hold? At the 16. Weihenstephaner Forum of the Technical University of Munich, organized in cooperation with the Schafhof - European Art Forum Upper Bavaria, international experts and artists will explore these questions. At the same time, the exhibition "Artificial Genesis" will take place at Schafhof Freising.

All interested parties are cordially invited to the symposium on Friday, October 20 from 9 am - 6 pm: Schafhof - European Art Forum Upper Bavaria Am Schafhof 1, 85354 Freising. Admission is free and prior registration is not required.

Friday October 20, 2023

09:00 Welcome & Coffee

Schafhof – European Art Forum Upper Bavaria Am Schafhof 1, 85354 Freising

09:30 Welcome and Introduction: Prof. Dr. Udo Weilacher | GER
chair for Landscape Architecture and Transformation TUM

Presentation: Ilkka Halso| FIN
photographer, artist


Presentation: Dr. Natalie Marie Gulsrud | DK
Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen

  Coffee Break

Presentation: Prof. Dr. Steven Velegrinis | USA
Design Director, Regional Lead Cities & Urban Design

12:30 Lunch

Presentation: Prof. Dr. Essam Heggy | USA/EGY
Earth and Planetary Scientist, University of Southern California & NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Presentation Prof. Dr. Daixin Dai | CHN
Associate Professor, Tongji University

  Coffee Break
16:00 Presentation. Prof. Dr. ir. Paul Roncken | NL
Managing Director, NatuurCollege Foundation, Guest researcher, Wageningen University & Research

Panel discussion
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Udo Weilacher

18:00 Closing of symposium


Prof. Dr. Udo Weilacher: Introduction to 16th Weihenstephan Forum

Ilkka Halso: Museum of Nature

Dr. Natalie Marie Gulsrud: Realizing Generative Futures

Steven Velegrinis: Killing Your Darlings

Dr. Essam Heggy: Landscaping in a Changing Planet

Dr. Paul Roncken: Landscape Machines: A Future-Native Design Attitude

Round table discussion

Cooperation and funding

Prof. Dr. sc. ETH Udo Weilacher
Chair of Landscape and Transformation
Technical University of Munich
TUM School of Engineering and Design

In cooperation with: 

Schafhof European Art Forum Upper Bavaria



Alumni-Club Landschaft TU München e.V.

TUM Graduate School

TUM School of Engineering and Design

TUM School of Life Sciences Technische Universität München