Women in Landscape Anna Klingmann

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WheWhen did Klingmann first set up business?

Since its formation in 2001, KABC has pursued an integrated approach to branding and environmental design—always with a strong focus on the local heritage.  Our design approach is grounded in a deep understanding of different cultures and local environments to create competitive experiences that are sustainable, enjoyable, and therefore also profitable. The key to our success is the creation of masterplans from the inside-out, by combining an econo­mically sound marketing plan with a cutting-edge brand vision, and a sustainable approach to urban design. A detail-oriented and integrated approach to landscaping, architecture and placemaking optimally expresses each site’s unique potential in the effort to create unique experiences for the people who inhabit it.

In the past decade, the office has completed several urban design schemes for large-scale mixed-use communities, most notably in the Middle East, as mentioned earlier, and, more recently, also China. All our projects are driven by the objective to create integrated neighborhoods that evoke a sense of place and belonging. By incorporating site-specific and ecological design principles throughout the schemes and by integrating multiple scales and disciplines into a holistic approach, the goal of our work is to design stimulating and enjoyable environments that lift the human spirit. KABC’s strategists and planners work globally on a broad range of projects, from new urban districts and retail to corporate campuses, resorts, public parks and residential communities.

What are the main challenges of doing business in the current GCC market post recession?

The availability of financing has changed dramatically since 2008. Undoubtedly in what is a very insecure global economy, architects and developers need to develop new concepts and strategies. Industry leaders need to think out-of-the-box on how to create innovative and meaningful projects with limited resources.  Now, many firms are increasingly forced to work closely with partners and the community. Low risk projects, which also now require collaboration, have the highest potential to achieve lasting benefits. Designs that cater to the global investor are waning in favor of projects, which address concerns of the local community. In this new environment, there is an opportunity for designers to maximize limited resources and spur creativity. When the economy contracts, it forces architects and developers to do more with less, and that by definition is also a more sustainable approach. It is our recommendation that architects and landscape designers should embrace this challenge to come up with new, creative concepts while carving out interesting niche markets.

What has been your experienced working in this field in the Middle East? Please differentiate Middle East to the other countries have you been worked before?

I love the Middle East because of its subtle yet sublime landscapes, characterized by a stark beauty, strength, and vastness, which is also reflected in the culture of the people. On the other hand, of course, each country and region is so unique. Oman is very different from Dubai and also very different from Egypt. Each country has very singular features, which makes the Middle East such an exciting place to work in. I strongly believe, that this cultural and natural exceptionalityshould be enhanced through a more responsive approach, which highlights the distinctive characteristics of each region and culture.  This approach of course, in the end, applies to all countries around the world, as each culture and country has its own particular features and preferences. Germany is very different from England and different again from the US – and even within the US, Arizona is very different from Michigan. It is the differences in all these places, which makes them so exciting to visit. So rather than duplicating and exporting a particular style, we should strive to enhance the uniqueness of different places through a customized design approach. This becomes even more crucial in a globalized world where differences are rapidly disappearing.

Finally, please conclude by evaluating Klingmann’s position in the market and share any relevant information about current projects?

KABC has emerged as a niche expert in a variety of project types that encompass a regional flavor, sustainability, and sensitivity to the local landscape. We value projects that contribute to the well-being of society and in our work we consider all aspects of the project, client, and community. Essentially, we are a boutique firm and our unique position in the market results from innovative yet cost-effective work that has consistently met or exceeded our clients’ most demanding expectations. Architecture and planning projects currently in development include Balzac Coffee, a national coffee shop chain in Germany, and a sustainable office/lab campus for the Zeijang Energy Company, which is part of a larger master plan for a technological park just outside of the city of Hangzhou and which won first prize last year. KABC designed this complex as two iconic volumes that communicate across a central landscape. Surrounding the two buildings, the landscape scheme is based on the region’s local wetlands and includes natural reeds, wildflowers, seasonal plants, and a series of ponds. Here, people can experience a sense of the important heritage of this region within a green campus.n did Klingmann first set up business?

Since its formation in 2001, KABC has pursued an integrated approach to branding and environmental design—always with a strong focus on the local heritage.  Our design approach is grounded in a deep understanding of different cultures and local environments to create competitive experiences that are sustainable, enjoyable, and therefore also profitable. The key to our success is the creation of masterplans from the inside-out, by combining an econo­mically sound marketing plan with a cutting-edge brand vision, and a sustainable approach to urban design. A detail-oriented and integrated approach to landscaping, architecture and placemaking optimally expresses each site’s unique potential in the effort to create unique experiences for the people who inhabit it.

In the past decade, the office has completed several urban design schemes for large-scale mixed-use communities, most notably in the Middle East, as mentioned earlier, and, more recently, also China. All our projects are driven by the objective to create integrated neighborhoods that evoke a sense of place and belonging. By incorporating site-specific and ecological design principles throughout the schemes and by integrating multiple scales and disciplines into a holistic approach, the goal of our work is to design stimulating and enjoyable environments that lift the human spirit. KABC’s strategists and planners work globally on a broad range of projects, from new urban districts and retail to corporate campuses, resorts, public parks and residential communities.

What are the main challenges of doing business in the current GCC market post recession?

The availability of financing has changed dramatically since 2008. Undoubtedly in what is a very insecure global economy, architects and developers need to develop new concepts and strategies. Industry leaders need to think out-of-the-box on how to create innovative and meaningful projects with limited resources.  Now, many firms are increasingly forced to work closely with partners and the community. Low risk projects, which also now require collaboration, have the highest potential to achieve lasting benefits. Designs that cater to the global investor are waning in favor of projects, which address concerns of the local community. In this new environment, there is an opportunity for designers to maximize limited resources and spur creativity. When the economy contracts, it forces architects and developers to do more with less, and that by definition is also a more sustainable approach. It is our recommendation that architects and landscape designers should embrace this challenge to come up with new, creative concepts while carving out interesting niche markets.

What has been your experienced working in this field in the Middle East? Please differentiate Middle East to the other countries have you been worked before?

I love the Middle East because of its subtle yet sublime landscapes, characterized by a stark beauty, strength, and vastness, which is also reflected in the culture of the people. On the other hand, of course, each country and region is so unique. Oman is very different from Dubai and also very different from Egypt. Each country has very singular features, which makes the Middle East such an exciting place to work in. I strongly believe, that this cultural and natural exceptionalityshould be enhanced through a more responsive approach, which highlights the distinctive characteristics of each region and culture.  This approach of course, in the end, applies to all countries around the world, as each culture and country has its own particular features and preferences. Germany is very different from England and different again from the US – and even within the US, Arizona is very different from Michigan. It is the differences in all these places, which makes them so exciting to visit. So rather than duplicating and exporting a particular style, we should strive to enhance the uniqueness of different places through a customized design approach. This becomes even more crucial in a globalized world where differences are rapidly disappearing.

Finally, please conclude by evaluating Klingmann’s position in the market and share any relevant information about current projects?

KABC has emerged as a niche expert in a variety of project types that encompass a regional flavor, sustainability, and sensitivity to the local landscape. We value projects that contribute to the well-being of society and in our work we consider all aspects of the project, client, and community. Essentially, we are a boutique firm and our unique position in the market results from innovative yet cost-effective work that has consistently met or exceeded our clients’ most demanding expectations. Architecture and planning projects currently in development include Balzac Coffee, a national coffee shop chain in Germany, and a sustainable office/lab campus for the Zeijang Energy Company, which is part of a larger master plan for a technological park just outside of the city of Hangzhou and which won first prize last year. KABC designed this complex as two iconic volumes that communicate across a central landscape. Surrounding the two buildings, the landscape scheme is based on the region’s local wetlands and includes natural reeds, wildflowers, seasonal plants, and a series of ponds. Here, people can experience a sense of the important heritage of this region within a green campus.

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