Rare events should serve to release energy to drive positive developments in towns and regions: Olympic Games, football world cups, world expos or - as in Hamburg in 2013 - the International Garden Show and the International Building Exhibition.
However, the trend towards festivalization is not just limited to major events, but applies to all scales and sizes. Despite all the preparation the event entails, it would seem that by far the greater challenge is to link the capital expenditure and changes in the landscape space with long-term visions for its legacy use. Because, unlike the exceptional event, these legacy plans will sustainably determine the character of the sites that still need to be utilized and maintained after the spotlight has been turned off.
The festivalization of spaces means a deliberate staging of exceptional situations. How can the experiments and innovative potential the events bring be sustainably integrated into everyday life?
What is the relationship between event and subsequent use? Is the initiating event actually in the background and its legacy use the true focus of attention, or the other way round? Which priorities have which consequences?
How do planners treat what is left behind? What planning methods are also suitable for long-term processes?
How are the understanding of long term planning processes and process related designs implemented in the curriculum of landscape architecture education?