Architect, landscapistand urban planner, Andreas Kipar is the founder and Creative Director of the international landscape architecture studio LAND, with offices in Germany, Italy and Switzerland. A graduate in Landscape Architecture at the GHS University of Essen and in Architecture and Urban Planning at Milan Politecnico, where he has taught Public Space Design since 2009, he often holds seminars and lectures at a number of universities, including Naples, Dresden, Venice, Zurich, Versailles and Dortmund. He is a full member of the German Academy of Urban and Regional Planning (DASL), the Association of German Landscape Architects (BDLA), the Italian Association of Landscape Architects (AIAPP) and the Italian Urban Planning Institute (INU). He is the inventor of the “Raggi Verdi” – Green Rays – model inMilan, which connect up the various areas of the city to favour a new slow mobility from the centre towards the suburbs.
This model, internationally recognised as a pioneering one in green urban planning, has also had subsequent applications in Essen, the European Green Capital 2017, and in the award-winning Smart City of Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye in Moscow. After the project for the German Pavilion at Expo 2019, Andreas Kipar and his team are currently supervising the landscaping for Expo 2020 in Dubai and the greenery strategy for some urban centres in the Middle East. He has been appointed to draft urban and peri-urban green plans in a number of cities, including Milan, Cagliari, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Essen, and for the development of territorial strategic plans, such as in the Ruhrbasin, on the Karst Plateau, in the Langhe, on Lake Garda and on various Italian islands.
I owe my inspiration to two great architects of the past: Pietro Porcinai and Roberto Burle Marx. Their works were extraordinary artistic but grounded. They were two revolutionaries, in the history of landscape architecture.
Unforgettable Villa Gamberaia, which I visited 40 years ago, in 1980, as a student.
Krefeld public park has developed an important green connection between city and landscape. Minimal elements, such as rows of trees, lone trees and small farmhouses, mark the open landscape and represent the structure of the park.
The line of trees forms the backbone of the project and along the curved path some rows of flowered trees find place. The species have been chosen so that the flowering starts to the east and continues westward.
The design of the park creates free spaces, walls, squares, directions, lights, shadows and genuine places in which aesthetic, sensuality and poetry create a new atmosphere. The project won the 2006 Landscape Architecture Prize by Nordrhine-Westafalen state.
The ThyssenKrupp industrial plant in Essen occupied a large site in the inner city. In order to shape the area still lying in a deep valley in 2008, the ground was modeled into a hills moving around 400,000 m³ of soil.
The project of Krupp Park once recovered the site created an attractive public green space with playgrounds, rest areas and new viewpoints. In the design, a wide ‘high-valley’ runs North-South through the park, accompanied by five shifted flat hills, realized by reusing the soil movements of the building phases for the new ThyssenKrupp headquarter. Herefrom rainwater is collected and directed through bio-swales to a retention pond at the northern end of the park, a 9,000m2 lake which constitutes the main attraction like a ‘prelude’. In close proximity are also gateways to the transregional bicycle path along the Rheinische Bahn railway.