Digital Landscape Architecture Conference DLA 2021

Virtual Hybrid, May 26 – 28 in Dessau-Köthen-Bernburg

Resilient Landscape Architecture and Global Change

DLA Keynote speaker 2021

The conference committee is very pleased to announce the following keynote speakers:

Kotchakorn Voraakhom

Founder and CEO at Landprocess and Porous City Network

Kotchakorn Voraakhom is a landscape architect from Thailand who works on building productive green public spaces that tackle climate change in urban dense areas and vulnerable communities. She created the first critical green infrastructure for Bangkok, the Chulalongkorn Centenary Park. Her complete design works also include, Thammasat Urban Farm Rooftop, a 36-acre urban farm rooftop featuring the biggest urban farming green roof in Asia, and the first bridge park across the river in any world capital, Chao Phraya Sky Park.

Voraakhom was awarded from UN climate change for Winners of the 2020 UN Global Climate Action Awards, Women for Results. She was featured in the 2019 “TIME 100 Next” list, one of 15 leading women fighting against climate change from TIME Magazine, BBC 100 Women 2020, and the “Green 30 for 2020” by Bloomberg. She is Chairwoman of the Climate Change Working Group of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA World).

Voraakhom received her Master’s in landscape architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and teach there as a design critic in Spring 2020. Currently, she is also a TED Fellow and an Echoing Green Fellow.

Kotchakorn Voraakhom will give the Opening Keynote of DLA 2021 on May 27 titled “Addressing Resilient Landscape Architecture and Global Change”
Please see the following as introduction: TED in 2018

Mohan S Rao

Mohan S Rao is the principal designer of the leading multi-disciplinary consultancy practice, Integrated Design (INDÉ), based in Bangalore, India.  His core expertise is in the field of environmental design, regional planning and landscape architecture with a strong focus on sustainable practices in city & regional planning, disaster management, heritage conservation and master planning. He is involved in academic programs, research and design initiatives in the Indian sub-continent, China, France, Italy, Morocco and Libya and Colombia.
Mr. Rao has led international and national research initiatives engaged with varied issues such as biodiversity and ecosystem services, climate change and passive design; low impact development and city planning. He is passionate about interpreting traditional knowledge systems to help address contemporary challenges in environment and development, specifically in the global south. His work has been published in several leading international and national journals and is the recipient of several awards instituted by UNESCO, IFLA, HUDCO, a.o. 

Prof. Dr. Thomas H. Kolbe

The research field of Professor Kolbe (b. 1968) is the development of methods for the spatial, temporal and semantic modeling, storage, analysis and visualization of the environment. Key areas are virtual 3D city and landscape models, city system modeling, smart cities, 3D geodatabases, 3D geoinformation systems, GIS & simulations and indoor navigation. Professor Kolbe is the initiator and co-author of the international standard CityGML for semantic 3D city and landscape models.

Professor Kolbe studied computer science at the University Dortmund between 1988 and 1993. After completing his studies he worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Computer Science III at the University of Bonn and the Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of Vechta until 1999. He was awarded his doctoral degree in 1999. From 1999 he was a research assistant, and later a senior research assistant, at the Institute for Cartography and Geoinformation at the University of Bonn. Between 2006 and 2012 he held the Chair of the Department of Geoinformation Technology at TU Berlin. Since 2012 he is head of the Chair of Geoinformatics at TUM. Since 2019 Prof. Kolbe is director of the Hans-Eisenmann-Forum (HEF), the TUM Center for Agricultural Sciences at the TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan (WZW).

Prof. Kolbe has been vice president (2008-2012) and then president (2012-2016) of the German Society for Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation (DGPF). Since 2013 he is chairman of the Runden Tisches GIS e.V. In the academic year 2016/17 he was appointed as visiting professor at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft. Prof. Kolbe is a founding member of the Leonhard Obermeyer Centers (LOC) – TUM Center of Digital Methods for the Built Environment.

Prof. h. c. Dr. Chirine Etezadzadeh

Prof. h. c. Dr. Chirine Etezadzadeh is founder and president of the in Germany. For more than ten years, she has helped shaping the Smart City development with numerous projects, publications and events as well as providing consulting services. From 2014 – 2016 Prof. Etezadzadeh held lectures on “Product Development for Smart Cities” at the Cologne University of Technology. In 2017 she was granted an honorary professorship by the Beijing Information Science & Technology University (BISTU). In 2017 Prof. Etezadzadeh organized the first Smart City Convention, “Blisscity”, together with the Messe Frankfurt. With her edited volume “Smart City – Made in Germany”, which she designed with more than 140 contributors, she presented a German standard work on the topic of Smart City. Her video series “Have a Tea with Dr. E. – How is Germany doing?” can be found at


Dr. Josef Kauer

COO Robotic Eyes GmbH / Chairman “BIM DAY GERMANY”

Dr. Josef Kauer is an entrepreneur, author and expert regarding digitalisation, BIM and GIS, with 25 years of IT background (i.a. Microsoft). He is also COO of Robotic Eyes GmbH, Co-Initiator of the BIM World Munich and the BIM DAY GERMANY. He received 12 national and international awards for business development achievements in the past. Josef is a truly “multicultural thinking and international personality” with solid familiarity of European, Middle Eastern, CEE and American business and social cultures. He lived, worked and studied in the US for 1 year and has travelled (business based) more than 50 countries WW so far.

Prof. Julie Bargmann

University Virginia, Charlottesville

Julia Watson

GSD Harvard University, Boston

Prof. Dr. Tobias Luthe

ETH Zürich

DLA | Digital Landscape Architecture

Workshop 7: Use of UAV for your Environmental Data, Showcases from Malta
Prof. Dr. Savior Formosa, University of Malta

Prof. Dr. Claudia Dalbert
Minister for Environment Saxony Anhalt

Session 1A: Resilient Landscape:

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Jörg Rekittke, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
Dr. Ilmar Hurkxkens, ETH Zürich
Shifting Sands: Experimental Robotic Earth-Moving Strategies in Dynamic Coastal Environments
Prof. Dr. Allan W. Shearer, The University of Texas
Conceptualizing a Model of Urban Antifragility for Dense Urban Areas
Dr. Ulrike Wissen Hayek, ETH Zürich
Conceptualizing a Web-based 3D Decision Support System Including Urban Underground Space to Increase Urban Resiliency

Ext. Moderation:

Live Moderation:

Ext. Moderation:

Dr. Stephen Ervin
Harvard University et al

Ext. Moderation:
Prof. Dr. Michael Roth
Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen (HfWU)

Workshop 6: Applying BIM Workflows to Site Design and Documentation
Oliver Sachs, CAD und BIM-Technology Lecturer at the Department of Architecture at
HTW University Saar
Eric Gilbey, PLA, ASLA, Member APLD, Product Marketing Manager – Landscape of
Vectorworks, Inc.

Dr. Josef Kauer

Keynote: How to integrate landscape in the smart city development?

Welcoming Addresses:
Matthias Därr
Landscape Architect, Chamber of Architects
Prof. Dr. Elena Kashtanova
Dean Dep.1, Introduction

Prof. Dr. Thomas H. Kolbe
Technische Universität München

Keynote on International Resilient Landscape Architecture:
Mohan S. Rao
Integrated Design (INDÉ)

Welcoming Address:

Welcoming Address:
Prof. Dr. Jörg Bagdahn
President Anhalt University

Opening Keynote:

Kotchakorn Voraakhom, Chairwoman for Climate Change, (IFLA World), Landprocess,
Addressing Resilient Landscape Architecture and Global Change

Please see the following as introduction: TED in 2018

Workshop 4 B: BIM Features and Landscape Modelling with Lands Design Software

Workshop 4A: BIM features and Landscape Modelling with Lands Design Software

Workshop 3: Applying BIM Workflows to Site Design and Documentation
Eric Gilbey, PLA, ASLA, Member APLD, Product Marketing Manager – Landscape of Vectorworks, Inc.

Workshop 2: UAV in Landscape Architecture
Radim Klepárník

Session 8 - Teaching DLA:

Moderation: Prof. John W. Danahy, University of Toronto
Prof. Dr. Jörg Rekittke, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
Remote Wayfaring and Virtual Fieldwork
Prof. Dr. Travis Flohr, The Pennsylvania State University
Virtual Studio 1.0: A Virtual Tacit-forward Learning Management Framework.
Marc Meijer, Wageningen University and Research
Tangible Landscape: A Waterway Design Education Tool
Wendy Walls, The University of Melbourne
Teaching Urban Landscape Microclimate Design Through Digital Site Visits – A Mosaic Method of Embedding Data, Dynamics, and Experience

Session 5c - BIM+LIM:

Moderation Prof. Dr. Dana Tomlin, University of Pennsilvania
Oliver Engelmayer, Burkhardt | Engelmayer | Mendel Landschaftsarchitekten
IM Pilot Project Digital Start-up Centre Ingolstadt - Applying BIM to Landscape
Andreas Luka, LATI Lab Tsinghua University
Smart BIM Tree: From Design to Construction Site
Prof. Fadi Masoud and Isaac Seah, University of Toronto
Flux.Land: A Data-driven Toolkit For Urban Flood Adaptation

Session 3 - Algorithmic Design:

Moderation: Dr. Agnieszka Ozimek, Cracow University of Technology
Peng Yuyang , TU Delft
A GIS-based Algorithm for Visual Exposure Computation - The West Lake in Hangzhou (China) as Example
Xun Liu, University of Virginia and Hui Tian
Evolution of Historical Urban Landscape with Computer Vision and Machine Learning: A Case Study of Berlin
Phillip Fernberg and Prof. Dr. Brent Chamberlain, Utah State University; Paola Sturla, Politecnico di Milano
Pursuing an AI Ontology for Landscape Architecture

Session 6 - DLA Practice:

Moderation: Dr. Ron van Lammern, Altera Wageningen University
Prof. Ilija Vukorep, BTU Cottbus
Big Scale Landscape Project from Design to Fabrication: A Report on Digital Methods
Daniel Theidel, Hochschule Osnabrück
Searching for New Ways to Design the Landscape
Anita Reith, Hungarian University of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Report of a Remote Participatory Design Process to Renew a Schoolyard During COVID-19

Session 5B - BIM+LIM:

Moderation: Prof Dr. Andreas Thon, Hochschule Geisenheim University
Matthias Remy, Dr. Ilona Brückner, Hochschule Osnabrück
BIM-Modell ‘Open Space Planing’ - A Concept for Landscape Design within Infrastructure Projects
Rüdiger Clausen, GFSL clausen landschaftsarchitekten
BIM in Integrated Construction - a Report
Prof. Yumi Lee. Seoul National University
Holographic Construction of Generative Landscape Design using Augmented Reality Technology

Session 5A: BIM+LIM:
Moderation Prof. Joachim Kieferle, Hochschule Rhein-Main
Mike Shilton, Landscape Institute Digital Practice Group
Digital Futures – BIM in Landscape Architecture: An Update on UK Perspective
Dr. Johannes Gnaedinger, PSU | Prof. Schaller UmweltConsult
Applied Integration of GIS and BIM in Landscape Planning
Laura Wilhelm, Technische Universität München
Integration of BIM and Environmental Planning - The CityGML EnvPlan ADE

Session 7 - UAV:

Moderation: James Melsom, University of Technology Sydney
Radim Klepárník, Mendel University in Brno
UAV Photogrammetry, Lidar or WebGL? A Comparison of Spatial Data Sources for Landscape Architecture
Guifang Wang, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Ecological Connectivity Networks for Multi-dispersal Scenarios using UNICOR Analysis in Luohe Region, China
Cengiz Akandil, Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences
Mapping Invasive Giant Goldenrod (Solidago gigantea) with Multispectral Images Acquired by UAV

Session 1C - Resilient Landscape:

Moderation: Prof. Andrew Lovett, University of East Anglia
Prof. Peter Stempel, Penn State University
Visualizing Impacts Instead of Inundation for Public Engagement in Coastal Resilience.
Matthias Henning, Anhalt University
A Scenario and Monitoring-based Planning Approach to Strengthen the Resilience of the Region Around the City of Leipzig in Terms of Demographic and Cultural Changes
Dr. Hans-Georg Schwarz-v.Raumer, University ofStuttgart
Development of a Combined Typology to Co-assess Urban Sprawl and Habitat-Network Structure

Session 4B - Geodesign:

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Brian Orland, University of Georgia
Prof. Dr. James Palmer, T. J. Boyle Associates
Visual Prominence of a Solar Energy Project
Prof. Dr. Boris Stemmer, Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe
GIS-Landscape Quality Assessment Using Social Media Data
Widyastri Atsary Rahmy, University of Florida
Landscape Suitability Analysis for Developing a Framework of Green Infrastructure Protection in Bandung Basin Area, Indonesia

Session 4A - Geodesign:

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Thomas Blaschke, University of Salzburg
Benedikt Kowalewski, ETH Zürich
The Site Visit: Towards a Digital in Situ Design Tool
Muge Unal Çilek, Çukurova Üniversitesi
The Effects of Tree Cover Density on Urban Heat Islands in the City of Adana
Luwei Wang and Prof. Dr. Timothy Murtha, University of Florida
How sprawl shapes public parks in an urban system: Spatial analysis of historical urban growth in Orlando Metropolitan Region, Florida, USA

Session 2B - Visualization:

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Eckart Lange, The University of Sheffield
Wei Zhang, Huazhong Agricultural University
The Color Analysis of Building Façades Based on the Panoramic Street View Images
Jeong-Hwan Lee, Seoul National University
Effectiveness of VR Simulation in the Qualitative Analysis of Landscape Lighting Design
Xi Lu, University of Sheffield
Long-term Perspectives of Stakeholders’ Perceptions of Visualisation Media in Participatory Planning: The Case of Sanguan Temple Square in Guangzhou

Session 2A - Visualization:

Moderation: Prof. Hope H. Hasbrouck, University of Texas at Austin
Caroline Fischer, Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen (HfWU)
Assessing Visual Landscape Sensitivity Towards Wind Turbines with a Distance Decay Effect: An Exploration of Different GIS Approaches
Dr. Christine Fuhrmann, BTU Cottbus
Hanging Gardens - A City Crown for Halle by Walter Gropius in Virtual Reality
Dr. Adam R. Tomkins, The University of Sheffield
"Where the Wild Things Will Be: Adaptive Visualisation with Spatial Computing"

Session 1B: Resilient Landscape:

Prof. Dr. Steffen Nijuis, TU Delft
Prof. Emily Schlickman, University of California, Davis
Prototyping a Low-Cost Sensor Network to Better Understand Hyperlocal Air Quality Patterns for Planning and Design
Prof. Dr. Pia Fricker, Yao Chaowen, Aalto University
32° C “HeLLsinki” - Outdoor Thermal Comfort Studies and Urban Mitigating Strategies Based on the Context of Helsinki
Prof. Aidan C. Ackerman, Ashley Crespo, John Auwaerter SUNY ESF Syracuse
Using Tree Modeling Applications and Game Design Software to Simulate Tree Growth, Community Interaction, and Mortality

Session 1A: Resilient Landscape:

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Jörg Rekittke, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
Dr. Ilmar Hurkxkens, ETH Zürich
Shifting Sands: Experimental Robotic Earth-Moving Strategies in Dynamic Coastal Environments
Prof. Dr. Allan W. Shearer, The University of Texas
Conceptualizing a Model of Urban Antifragility for Dense Urban Areas
Dr. Ulrike Wissen Hayek, ETH Zürich
Conceptualizing a Web-based 3D Decision Support System Including Urban Underground Space to Increase Urban Resiliency