Gestaltung für urbane Wälder / Design for urban forests

Dana Paulina Grebenstein

April / April - 2021

Kunsthochschule Weissensee

Master of Arts


'Design for Urban Forests' explores how artificial `primal forests' can be established and designed in cities. Trees in urban areas are usually treated individually and as decoration, which means they lack the protection, nutrients, space and microclimate of the dense forest community.In the `concrete desert' of the city, trees suffer and die faster than they can be replanted. However, urban trees in particular are currently and in the future necessary for all city dwellers to mitigate the consequences of the climate crisis such as extreme heat and heavy rainfall. The concept developed outlines possibilities for localization, implementation, financing, participation, and interspecific interaction. In addition, a toolbox of design principles has been developed that provide a range between demarcation and openness to protect the forest ecosystem. These were exemplarily applied to three culturally different places. Altogether, a new perspective for permeable spaces of coexistence was open