Designing with Plants

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Unlike concrete or masonry, plants are a living building material that changes in the course of the seasons and the years. Their growth and varying appearance are factors that must be considered when designing and planning.

In addition, plants can also be employed to create different design levels. They can be used as sheathing (green facades, ground cover â lawns) and to generate spaces of various heights (hedges, shrubs, trees).


  • Basics of using plants
  • Plant typologies
  • Function and impact of spaces
  • Site-specificity
  • Design principles
  • Planting plan and representation
  • Execution

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Hans-Jörg Wöhrle and Regine Ellen Wöhrle are practicing landscape architects and owners of the landscape architecture firm w+p Landschaften in Berlin and Schiltach ( Hans-Jörg Wöhrle also taught for several years in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt in Nürtingen-Geislingen (Business Economics and Environment University Nürtingen-Geislingen).

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