Freising-Moosach Landscape Democracy 2022 Team 6

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Area Upper Bavaria
Place Freising
Country Germany
Topics Landscape Democracy
Author(s) Anastasiia Puzeikina, Farhin Esmaeilian, Jaromir Janszen, Pasu Vascharaprakarn, Louisa Schleicher
Moosach, vein of Freising

Landscape Democracy Rationale

Moosach is a 38-kilometre-long (24 mi) left tributary of the river Isar near Munich in Bavaria, Germany.

It could also be described as a tributary of the river Amper, because of the stream Mühlbach that splits away carrying

about 30% of the water just before the Moosach joins the Isar.

Moosach start from the northern part of Munich run through grass land, Freising ( where the project located ), Marzling and combine to Isar before arriving Moosburg.

Moosach is a place where people go for a walk, ride a bicycle and relaxing. Moosach run through downtown of Freising where there are a development project.

People can sit close to the river and enjoy their time. So we can say that Moosach is relate to Freisinger and be a part of their daily life.

The main landscape democracy challenge here is to make river Moosach more visible to residents and people,

create an emotional connection with it, make access to the river more open.

And at the same time preserve the biodiversity and the local ecosystem of river Moosach.

Location and Scope

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Phase A: Mapping Your Community

Welcome to Your Community and Their Landscape

  • The plan area is located in the southern part of Munich, Germany. The landscape is characterized by a large amount of farmland and small towns.
  • The landscape is formed by the large hills in the northern part of the plan area. The southern part of the area is a large valley. Freising is a small town in the north of Munich close to Munich Airport.
  • Freising is one of the oldest town in Bavaria with population around 49,000. There are 2 universities, Technical University of Munich and Weihenstephen Treisdof University of Applied Science.

Groups of Actors and Stakeholders in Your Community

The most important stakeholders in this landscape are the most unheard.

We included Flora&Fauna and the river itself as a stakeholder in the process.

The needs and interests of the stakeholders are a great entrancepoint for the further design process.

Relationships Between Your Actors and Groups

There is a discrepancy between the fysical power in the landscape and the financial power. The stakeholders with the largest responsability for the landschape, like for example farmers, are not able to meet these expectations because of financial reasons. On the other hand. The airport is a large and growing stakeholder in this landschape. The power dynamic between stakeholders gives a clear view of the stakeholders most in need. Flora&Fauna are needed for almost every stakeholder but is seen as a resource.

Summary of Your Learnings from the Transnational Discussion Panel

The Transnational Discussion Panel was very useful for our team. Mainly because working with different people from different countries, specializing in different fields,

made it possible to find out how the vision can differ. We have received a lot of useful feedback, both from interested parties and from specialists.

We learned how the opinions of stakeholders can differ depending on various factors and how in our projects we need to find a balance between the main task

and the opinions of all stakeholders. Another important factor is that not all stakeholders have equal influence and not all of them have the same power to make key decisions.

In this case, we found a very useful method of creating a power map, on which you can clearly see all the stakeholders, their powers, influence, as well as interaction with each other.

Theory Reflection

According to European Landscape Convention the definition of landscape is “landscape is a part of the land, as perceived by local people or visitors,

which evolves through time as a result of being acted upon by natural forces and human beings.” In the reading "Landscape Culture - Culturing Landscapes"

Olaf Kühne and Marc Antrop also looked at how the landscape is connected not only with the land and history, but also with people

and how they perceive it - what emotions they experience in relation to this landscape, what memories they have, how they perceive this landscape in general.

“ The people at the heart of  landscape policy” This sentence show that all the parties are important and can be part in one or another role in the landscape design.

The most important thing we have taken from these texts is that the landscape is not just a place or land. The landscape is invariably connected with people,

and not only because people physically change it, but also on a mental level. All emotions, memories, all spiritual connection - all this is also part of the landscape.

And, as landscape architects, our task in the arrangement is also to create and preserve this emotional connection between people and the landscape.

Because this is one of the most important parts of creating a sustainable landscape.

From Pledge for a Transformative Science " Students are encouraged to look at local sustainability problems from various perspectives,

taking  into account the discourses and practices of various stakeholder, and to develop a deeper understanding of the ambiguities,

uncertainty and multidimensional nature of sustainability transformations" This mean that the new study aim to focus on the public participation and reduce the boundary between specialists and public.


  • Landscape Convention Contribution to human rights, democracy and sustainable development (Council of Europe, 2018
  • Council of Europe (2000):The European Landscape Convention
  • Kühne, Bruns et al: Landscape Culture - Culturing Landscapes
  • Uwe Schneidewind, Mandy Singer-Brodowski, Karoline Augenstein and Franziska Stelze : Pledge for a Transformative Science

Phase B: Democratic Landscape Analysis and Assessment

Louisa Schleicher - Poem " How it was meant to be"

Pasu & Monika - Poem " My Dear Moosach"

Jaromir Janszen Take stand against a third runway at Munich Airport

Anastasiia - Poem "Invisible river"


Phase C: Collaborative Visioning and Goal Setting

The Scene in Story of Visioning

  • Landscape Democracy Challenge

The Actors in Story of Visioning

  • Introduce actors - Student , Farmer, Hotel Owner, Governor, City dwellers and Landscape Architect

The Story of Visioning

  • The story is about a poor student who has to ride a bicycle to university every day. He proposed his idea to built a bicycle path along the Moosach to the governor and the storyline of the design process.

Reflect on Story of Visioning

  • Vision, Goals and Plans for this project including reflection on the vision.

Phase D: Collaborative Design, Transformation and Planning

Your Prototyping Action

  • Making a Bicycle path from Freising to Pulling along the Moosach for all the people to use this path and become a recreation area for all citizens.

The Evolution of Your Prototyping Action

  • All the stakeholders can come to comments and the final is to have a specialist to adjust the bicycle path for the safety issue.

The Plan Behind Your Prototyping Action

  • Plan a bicycle route along the Moosach which have different view and landscape scenery.

The Realization of Your Prototyping Action

  • All the stakeholders can involve in this prototype, give their comments, and adjust.

Reflect on Your Prototyping Action

  • After having the agreement and finally adjusting from a specialist. We can construct the bicycle path along the Moosach as we planned.

Phase E: Collaborative Evaluation and Future Agendas

Collaborative Evaluation and Landscape Democracy Reflection

The Actors in your Collaborative Evaluation

  • Set up an Evaluation night to collect people and stakeholders together and then ask for feedback.

Reflection on the Online Seminar

  • Quantitative over qualitative Too much time consume for 2 credits The assignment is too general and not fitting to the specific project

Reflection on your Living Lab Process

  • We did not do living lab.

Your Living Lab Code of Conduct

  • We did not do living lab.

Process Reflection

  • Useful indicators in the challenge - Feedback from user The biggest challenge in collaborative evaluation - Getting people together at one point in time Perception on the site and in the designing process - We see the importance of community and local for the small-scale landscape
  • Tangible indicators of success - How many people use the cycling path - How many people interact with the moosach - People take photos and post them on social media