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Peter-Joseph-Lenné-Prize of Berlin

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Peter-Joseph Lenné

Peter-Joseph Lenné (born in 1789 in Bonn, died in 1866 in Berlin) was one of the most important 19th century German garden and landscape architects. Even today, his work is visible in many gardens, parks and squares of the cities of Berlin and Potsdam. The design of the Havel River landscape between the two cities, where Lenné linked utility and beauty under the motto of "landscape emballishment", is a prime example of early German landscape design that has had a farreaching impact beyond its time. With the Park Klosterberge in Magdeburg, Lenné created one of the first public parks in Germany, thus initiating a new progressive tradition.

His plans for urban emballishment have also left lasting traces on Berlin's city blueprints. Many parks and gardens in Germany have been created using Lenné's designs. His best known works are the redesigns of the parks at Sanssouci in Potsdam and the Tiergarten in Berlin. Through his works, he was a great inspiration to subsequent generations of gardeners and landscape architects.

It was Lenné, too, who in 1823 founded a school for gardeners at Potsdam-Wildpark, later relocated to Berlin-Dahlem. There the world's first university-level course of study in gardening and landscape architecture was developed. Corresponding formal training programmes were established at the College of Agriculture in 1927 an were affiliated to what is now Humboldt University of Berlin in 1934. The consequence of the splitting of Berlin was a new foundation at the Technical College at today's Technical University.

Lenné's creations still serve as inspiring models for many landscape architects, architects and artists because of their comprehensive approach, their compositional and botanical artistry and their blending of beauty and usefulness. To many people, his parks and gardens convey an impression of the harmony and beauty that may arise when closeness to nature, functionality, and the human disire to shape the environment combine.