Dr Marieluise Jonas is a Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture. She is a landscape architect and urban researcher and has practiced in Germany, Japan and Australia.
Marieluise holds a PhD from Tokyo University where she researched the practice and tradition of informal use of space in dense urban conditions. She is affiliated with the University of Tokyo through urban research and post disaster reconstruction projects in Tohoku. In 2013 the Australia Japan Foundation funded a research symposium that Marieluise led in Kesennuma.
A key focus of Marieluise’s practice is the engagement with materiality and a notion of immediacy. In teaching, her approach focuses on on-site experimentation, site interventions and making where she can draw on a background in landscape construction.
The 2014 book publication Tokyo Void Possibilities in Absence co-authored with Dr Heike Rahmann is a reflection on the ongoing investigation of urban vacant spaces in Tokyo. The research focus on urban vacant spaces has extended from Tokyo to other Asian metropolises, Europe, USA and Australia and has been published in Journals and book chapters.
The enquiry of design research practice in Landscape Architecture is another key focus. The 2012 book publication Exposure 00 co-edited with Rosalea Monacella is a first in a series of mappings of contemporary practice approaches in Landscape Architecture.
Visiting research fellow 2010–13, The University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science (IIS) Komaba
Experimental Design for Urban Regeneration Laboratory Prof. Hiroshi Ota
2009 – ongoing
Dr Juliane Pegels, RWTH University Aachen, Germany
Dr Chistian Dimmer, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Hiroshi Ota, the University of Tokyo, Japan
Dr. Wimonrart Issarathumnoon, Chulangkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Current research focus: Design research in Asian urban context and contemporary Asian landscape architecture; complexity and emergence in landscape architecture design; appropriation, informality and alienation in design for urban contexts; cross-cultural design research practice
Current teaching focus: postgraduate design research supervision, coordination of environments stream, design research studios in lower and upper pool
Dipl. Ing. (Engineering) Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, University of Applied Sciences Lippe and Hoexter, Germany
PhD Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Japan
- Jonas, M. (2015). Re-building - or building back better? Observations of three years of working in Shibitachi, Miyagi, Tohoku, Japan In: Defining Landscape Democracy, Oslo, Norway, 3-5 June 2015
- Rahmann, H.,Jonas, M. (2014). Void potential: spatial dynamics and cultural manifestations of residual spaces In: Terrain Vague. Interstices at the Edge of the Pale, Routledge, New York, United States
- Jonas, M.,Rahmann, H. (2014). Tokyo void: Possibilities in absence, Jovis, Berlin, Germany
- Jonas, M.,Rahmann, H. (2013). Void. Interstitial practices of doubt and reward In: Craft + Design Enquiry: A World in Making: Cities Craft Design, , 87 - 104
- Jonas, M. (2012). Small urban ecologies:the secret lives of Toyko's urban weeds In: Small Toyko, Flick Studio, Toyoko, Japan
- Jonas, M. (2012). Void In: Exposure/00: Design Research Practice in Landscape Architecture, Melbourne Books, Melbourne, Australia
- Rahmann, H.,Jonas, M. (2011). Urban Voids: the hidden dimension of temporary vacant spaces in rapidly growing cities In: Proceedings of the State of Australian Cities National Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 29 Nov - 2 Dec, 2011
- Jonas, M. (2011). Oku: the notion of interior in Tokyo's urban landscape In: Urban Interior: Informal Explorations, Interventions and Occupations, Spurbuchverlag, Baunach, Germany
- Jonas, M. (2011). Urban Transplant - Curated by Rosalea Monacella and Craig Douglas (OUTr) In: Urban Realities: landscape urbanism 3 day design challenge Melbourne, Australia
- Rahmann, H.,Jonas, M. (2011). Transient Gardens In: MoreArt: Moreland City Council Public Art Show Melbourne, Australia
- Future Proofing Kesennuma. Funded by: Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) 2016 from (2016 to 2017)
- Kesennuma - living with the sea. Funded by: Australia-Japan Foundation Grant Program for 2015-16 from (2015 to 2015)
- Shibitachi Minato Machizukiri Hyakunenkai - where to from now? Building resilient communities through landscape architecture. Funded by: Australia Japan Foundation from (2013 to 2013)
1 PhD Completions3 PhD Current Supervisions