An interdisciplinary research project analysing the assemblages of climate change, heat island effect as well as the design, use, and appropriation of public places in Munich through various stakeholders. The consequences of global warming and the temperature differences between urban and rural landscapes are diverse and complex. They range from extreme weather conditions and a changing species composition within the city´s ecosystem. In addition, a profound discourse about sustainability, aesthetics, health and security regarding optimal cohabitation (of species) clarifies the complexity. Through in-depth case studies and the systematic identification and mapping of 100 places in Munich, the following research question will be investigated:

- What characteristics and opportunities do public places need to comprise in order to deal with climate and ecological changes?

- Which mutual influences exist between spatial design, (urban) climate, use and appropriation of humans and non-human actors?

- Based on this research: which appropriate recommendations can be made for the prospective planning of public spaces?

The research project is conducted by the Chair of Landscape Architecture and Public Space (Prof. Regine Keller) and Participatory Technology Design, Munich Center for Technology in Society (Prof. Dr. Ignacio Farías) in equal parts.

Research fellows are landscape architect Elisabeth Rathjen M.Sc. and cultural and social anthropologist Felix Remter M.A.