International Student Competition 2022-23

International Student Competition

Neckar Landscape Park. Re-imagining the Productive City Region

Working period: October 1, 2022 – January 31, 2023

We invite international student teams to envision alternative futures along a 20 km transect of the river Neckar in Stuttgart Region. With this competition, we aim to support systemic, integrated and holistic approaches to landscape transformation through multidisciplinary student teams elaborating planning and design proposals.

Territorial scope

Competition area with four detailing areas to choose from located in the southern part of the Neckar Landscape Park, aerial view source: World Imagery.


We will ask for a multi-scale approach leading to the following outputs:

  • Analysis of the environmental, cultural, social and economic system at landscape scale 1:25 000. Try to envision what is going to have an impact on this landscape within 50 years from now. Then derive what needs to be done and make this spatially explicit on the next poster.
  • Forecast of possible and desirable futures at scale 1:25 000, including visualisation of landscape system relationships. We invite you to explore innovative ways of merging physical, systemic and visionary landscape representation. The second panel can already give an indication on your chosen detailing area.
  • Local landscape development concept for one detailing area: The base scale can range between 1:5000 and 1:2000, depending on the area chosen. This might also determine if the poster has preferably a landscape or a portrait layout. Local landscape development concept with additional details and visualisations.
  • Your new landscape system model: On the last poster, you present ideas of how your new landscape is going to work. If this is to become a new landscape of production, which forms of value creation will be driving this transformation? How are people going to cooperate? Possible formats, free of choice, are business model canvas, power mapping, governance models, cooperation models, co-creation models. In addition, you can present here any further spatial detailing using the scale that suits best for illustrating your ideas.

These results will be presented on four A0 posters, landscape format.

Key competition dates

  • Official start of the registration: September 20, 2022
  • Working period: October 1, 2022 – January 31, 2023
  • Accompanying competition lecture series: October 18  – December 7, weekly on Wednesdays at 18 pm CET 
  • Registration deadline: January 15, 2023
  • Submission deadline: January 31, 2023, at midnight CET
  • Jury selection period: February – April 2023
  • Award Ceremony in Nürtingen, Germany, on June 30, 2023   

Neckar Visual Journey

Visit our Padlet with a visual diary of the competition landscape. Feel free to add your own pictures, thoughts and videos from your field trips to the area.

Past competition results

Landscape Forum & Competition Partners