Principal & Co-Founder, Topotek1


Title: Conflict and Harmony in the Public Space**

As modern human migration patterns intensify landscapes of habitation and their associated communities are in constant transition, evolution and reinvention. As the meeting ground of this modern nascent culture, public space has the potential to be the essential connective tissue within this massive migratory landscape. Tracing back to one of landscape architectures most fundamental and venerable of typologies, insight to address the complex contemporary issue of migration can be drawn from what is perhaps an unlikely source - the garden tradition; for it is in the garden that foreignness is natural and sought, new identities are born and innovative ideologies are demonstrated. The appropriation, reinvention and update of the garden tradition present possibilities for tactical modes of public space design intervention for modern societies of mixed and evolving cultural identity. This lecture traces the history of identity and foreignness in the garden and demonstrates the contemporary appropriation and reinterpretation of garden inspired tactics through the TOPOTEK 1 project Superkilen in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Martin Rein-Cano was born in Buenos Aires in 1967. He studied Art History at Frankfurt University and Landscape Architecture at the Technical Universities of Hannover and Karlsruhe. In 1996 he founded the TOPOTEK 1 office, which has created and designed a large number of German and international projects ranging from masterplans to gardens, such as the Castle Park in Wolfsburg, the Sport facilities park Heerenschürli in Zurich, the Superkilen park in Copenhagen and the Bord Gais Network Centre in Dublin.

Martin Rein-Cano has been appointed as guest professor in Europe and North America. He frequently lectures at internationally renowned universities and cultural institutions and regularly serves on competition juries. Several professional books and articles have been published exclusively on his work, which has been honoured with many awards and prizes, including the Red Dot "best of the best“ design award and the German Landscape Prize of the Association of German Landscape Architects in 2011, 2012 and 2013.