Workshop – Martin Rein-Cano

Martin Rein-Cano


Martin Rein-Cano, Topotek  

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Martin works in an old industrial building in an historic precinct of Berlin generating a potpourri of creativity – more than 250 projects – with some 40 eager and diverse young professionals.

An extraordinary ideas man full of energy and creativity[1], he hails from Buenos Aires. He created TOPOTEK1 in1996 after studying art history and landscape architecture in Europe and being influenced by famed landscaper Martha Schwartz.

He challenges assumptions and brings various disciplines together, eschewing rigidity and welcoming varied input in a flexible and organic process.

He says English gardens are predictable and he is always searching for creativity and inspiration. He says of his Heerenschürlie (sports facility and public park) near Zurich there has never been a landscape project like it. And of the Bahndeckel Project, Munich, it, takes up the subversive space of another world. The novel design brings landscape, art and sculpture together.

He believes gardens are the only art form to offer an experience that addresses …all the senses. Garden designs are always interactive.


[1]  See p.298 Avant Gardeners Thames & Hudson, TOPOTEK1 Berlin: Conceptual landscape design with a light and humorous touch. Warwick Forge agrees, I have never met anyone quite like him – a man constantly bursting with ideas and creativity.


Workshop: Streets as Public Spaces: including the significance of trees and planting concepts

This workshop will explore design methods associated with interventions in complex urban systems – specifically strategies for the introduction of streetscapes as integrated in open public space.

Rather than existing just as pure infrastructure, the workshop will consider streetscapes as a connective tissue, which presents multivalent public space opportunities.

The workshop will critically examine these questions –

* What new programs are possible for streetscapes, considering new users, culture, and climate?

* How has our time’s crisis of ownership changed the general perception of private vs. public space?

* What kind of infrastructure is necessary to respond to the variable demands of urban open space?

* How can infrastructure, existing or prospective, shape program and identity?

* How can innovative tree and planting concepts improve the functional aspects of infrastructure and encourage flexible spaces with distinct characteristics?