OSMOS Transition Planning is a spin-off with origins at the Institute of Landscape Planning and Ecology, a department of the University of Stuttgart. We maintain close links with researchers and practitioners in Stuttgart and bring them into projects whenever we feel that this adds value to the process.
The Institute of Landscape Planning and Ecology fosters and develops strategies for the design of landscapes as living environments. It investigates the structures and manifestations of landscape, its functions, aesthetics and meaning.
Researchers at the Institute are also interested in the challenges presented by developing urban landscapes and expanding megacities as we are in the development of conservation and management strategies for natural or agriculturally used landscapes. A central aspect in all their work is the role and impact of people as an important part of the social-ecological system. Through this approach to landscape planning, they aim to contribute to the productive interplay of natural ecosystems, technical infrastructure and human living environments.