1999 professor Karl Ganser (1937) held the Mondrian Lecture ‘Identitäten in der Industrielandschaft’.
Professor Karl Ganser studied chemistry, biology, geography and geology at the University of Munich and the Institute of Technical Education there. After his studies he worked in the fields of urban planning and urban sociology. In 1964 Ganser received his doctorate in the natural sciences at the Technical University of Munich with regard to the social-spatial analysis of the city of Munich, calculated on the basis of the results of political elections. In 1967 Ganser became responsible for the urban development of the city. For a few years he was a member of the management of the Federal Research Institute for Provincial Art and Town and Country Planning in Bonn, a scientific institute with approximately 150 employees, which organizes applied research for the federal minister for town and country planning, architecture and urban planning. From 1980, Ganser was appointed as the head of the department of urban planning of the federal state of North RhineWestphalia, competent for urban innovation, historical monuments, municipal road construction and architectural coordination.
Since May 1989, Karl Ganser has been head of the Internationale Bauaustelling Emscher Park GmbH and was commissioned to prepare an international building exhibition with regard to the ecological and social renovation of a former industrial area. He spoke on this subject during the Mondrian Lecture.