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Germany presented itself to the 11th International Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2008 with the slogan “UPDATING GERMANY. 100 Projects for a Better Future”. Landschaftspark architecture played a particularly important role in this context, and so the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord was also involved.

The New York landscape architect James Corner described Peter Latz and his work with the words, “Latz is clearly an original master and Duisburg Nord is his masterpiece.” The fact that the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord has in recent decades received such great attention both in the specialist literature and in lectures and symposia is evidence of its significance in the changing world of urban development.

The decline of the coal and steel industries poses new challenges for landscape architects: old industrial sites awaiting a new use. The question, “What can you do with a heavily contaminated site?” is heard in many places. Whereupon people cast their eyes towards Duisburg, because the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord has become a paradigm for the development, rehabilitation and conversion of just such a site.

Source: Professor for Landscape Architecture and Industrial Landscape. Learning from Duisburg. Munich: Technical University of Munich, 2009.

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