Freising Waterscapes Team 5 2022

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Area Freising
Place Upper Bavaria
Country Germany
Topics water areas, landscape, society, public
Author(s) Sahar Esmaeilian, Niusha Vedadi Moghadam,Pasu Vascharaprakarn, Louisa Schleicher
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Water as the vital part of nature and human life is a limited resource. During the evolution of the earth the capacity of water areas decrease dramatically and nowadays with growth of population and industrialization water resources are in the border line. Urban rivers as a natural ecosystem which live at the vicinity of the people encounter with some issues that need to be more considered.

Location and scope

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Water as a natural system

Geomorphology, typologies and dynamics of water areas


  • Moosach, a tributary of the Isar and located right at the Weihenstephaner “doorstep” of the TUM. The Moosach largely flows between the Munich gravel plain and tertiary hill country in an artificial bed. Every few years the river has to be excavated to remove several thousand cubic meters of mud. The tertiary hill country, 65 million years old, is among the areas with the highest erosion rates.

types of water areas

  • The most common water sources in the landscape of our living lab are Rivers, Lakes, Tributaries, Streams, Puddle, Petland, Pond, Canals, and Floodplains are the types of water areas. Moosach is the most natural Identity in Freising that related to everyday life of the citizens.

water bodies' catchment areas, tributaries and floodplains

  • Principal tributaries of the Isar are the Loisach, Würm, and Amper. Isar River at its source in the Karwendelgebirge (mountains), Bavaria, Germany. Isar River, river, Bavaria Land (state), southern Germany. Rising at an elevation of 5,741 feet (1,750 m) in the Karwendelgebirge, just northeast of Innsbruck, Austria, the Isar runs west and then north crossing into Germany at Scharnitz Pass. The river there flows through a deep gorge that was used by the ancient Romans, who called it Porta Claudia. A rail line and road now thread the gorge. Turning east and north once again, the Isar emerges upon the Bavarian plain to flow northeast through Munich; it finally enters the Danube downstream from Regensburg. Much of the river, which is 183 miles (295 km) long, is swift and too shallow for navigation. Principal tributaries of the Isar are the Loisach, Würm, and Amper.
  • Main Floodplains: Tributaries of riverIsar, Danube, Rhine, the Seine at the German state of Bavaria, Hessen, Rhine-Palatinate, Baden-Wurttemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia were affected floodplains.

dynamics of the water areas

  • Human modification of the watercourse, such as urbanization and industrialization, have an impact on the dynamic of the river and these imposed activities could cause the water trajectory and sift from its original position. In addition, long and straightforward channelization, beside acceleration of the river flow during heavy rain or snow melting in the Region and causing erosion of the banks.

Water as a living space


  • In the moosach there is a living place for fish, birds, rodent species and other aquatic organisms.

water quality

  • Overall, the water seems to be clean and can be habitat of fish and other animal such as duck and rodent species for example water rat. There are some aquatic plants can be found along Moosach in the suburb area and downtown area which indicate the water quality.

natural/urbanized area

  • The area on the western side of Freising are still natural with farm land and some forest. In the other hand from the Johannis Stress it look more urbanized by the new town development and density of building in the downtown area until Banhof Street the river become more natural again.

Blue and Green Infrastructure

major potential elements of a green/blue infrastructure

  • People in order to protect cities from flooding, to drain swamps, and expand the proper territory of living area, made rivers to be straightened and forced into canals. Thus, land was also won for further settlement. The floodplain landscapes, important for sediment retention and natural flood protection, became dysfunctional more and more. Thus, the rivers lacking in shores and natural water inflow lack the possibility of change. But it is precisely these differences that are decisive for the biodiversity of a body of water and for its wealth of species in the water and below.
  • The green blue infrastructure encountered many issues according to the growth of population and industrialization, climate changes and global warming.
  • All of these factors indicate that although the human power against the nature has been enlarged but the nature is still the most powerful phenomena in the world. Thus, we would allow the rivers to meander on their own again.

Water as a cultural space

Land use and water

  • map the land uses along your water areas: settlements, infrastructure, agriculture, resource extraction, natural areas, energy production...
  • describe in particular the historical evolution of land use pattern, please make use of historical maps
  • description evolution, status quo and driving forces, is the land use likely to change? Why is that? (approx 200 signs)
  • add 1-2 graphical representations to the image gallery, you can add more if you like

Cultural and spatial typologies of water areas

  • Which spatial patterns have evolved in relation to your water areas?
  • What is the role of water areas within the overall urban morphology? (approx 200 signs)
  • add 1-2 graphical representations to the image gallery, you can add more if you like

Sacred spaces and heritage

  • Which places/elements hold cultural value and to whom?
  • You may add a map and some images, please also explain in your caption why these elements are valuable

Visual appearance and landscape narrative

  • Which elements are essential for the landscape character?
  • Has the landscape been painted or otherwise depicted, when and whom? Which elements are essential?
  • Which narratives exist? Who has written about this landscape or depicted it in some way?
  • You can add text and images

Water and People

Accessibility and usability

  • Where are your water areas accessible, and where not? How strong are spatial obstacles preventing access?
  • Who is using the spaces and how?

Community Mapping

What is to be mapped here?

  • Social groups from within the community, for example the youth, kids, students, parents, the retired etc. Typically, these groups have specific needs, which you can also make explicit on the map. These people might not be organized in any way, but they are usually present in the context you are observing
  • Local stakeholder groups: these groups are organized in one or the other way. They only exist within the community context you are observing. For example: the local community center, local churches, local interest groups, the landowners, small businesses and retailers
  • External stakeholder groups are not necessarily present in the environment you are observing, but they may have strong stakes and interests. These can be local authorities, politicians, associations, care services etc.
  • For each group, you may identify their needs, objectives, power and capacities
  • You may also identify gaps and power conflicts
  • Please try to redepict these elements in an integrated way and in relation to your water landscape. What is the relationship between these groups? Are they close or distanced from each other? Who is more powerful? Which voices are hardly heard? Do they have any shared concerns?

Possible Futures

  • You can summarize your findings with a SWOT diagram and a DPSI(R) Model
  • Link back to the Sustainable Development Goals: Which goals are at risk?
  • What is your worst case scenario for this landscape?
  • What is your best case scenario for this landscape?
  • Present your scenarios in the form of a collage or sketch
  • Add text and visuals

Collaborative Goal Setting

  • Define strategic planning objectives based on the evaluation findings from your analysis
  • Ideally, involve the community of your living labs into this process
  • Link back to your original targets from section one and the Development Goals
  • 150 words text contribution

Spatial Strategy and Transect

  • translate your strategic goals into a vision
  • develop a spatial translation of your vision
  • exemplify your vision in the form of a transect with concrete interventions
  • add map(s) and visualizations

From Theory of Change to Implementation

  • For implementing your vision: Which partnerships are needed? Which governance model is required?
  • Who needs to act and how? Draw and explain a change/process model/timeline
  • Which resources are needed? On which assets can you build?
  • add 150 words text and visuals


  • give a full list of the references you have used for your case

Process Reflection

  • Reflect in your intercultural and interdisciplinary team on the outcomes of your study
  • Which limitations were you facing?
  • What have you learnt from each other?
  • What did you learn in the Living Labs?
  • What would you do differently next time?
  • You can also use diagrams/visuals
  • 250 words text