Benz Kotzen

Dr Benz Kotzen BAFA. MAFA, DipLA, PhD

Dr Benz Kotzen
BAFA. MAFA, DipLA, PhD

Landscape Postgraduate Coordinator

Department of Architecture & Landscape

Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities

Dr Benz Kotzen is a chartered landscape architect with over 25 years’ experience in consultancy. Projects include large and smaller private and public projects including hospitals, airports, mixed-use developments and transport corridors in the UK, the EU, the USA and Middle East. Benz has a particular expertise in desert landscapes, landscapes and noise and environmental impact assessment. He has taught at the University of Greenwich for over 15 years.

Research/scholarly interests

  • Sustainable landscape design
  • Environmental noise
  • Arid and desert landscapes
  • Water and restoration

Selected publications

Kotzen, B., and Güler, G. (2011) Olympic legacy London 2012: forgotten journey, forgotten past. Urban Design, 118 (Spring), pp. 9–11. ISSN 1750 712X.

Kotzen, B. 2011. Sustainable planting in the Negev Desert: formulating a new paradigm for planting in desert areas. In: The Third International Conference on Drylands, Deserts & Desertification: The Route to Restoration. Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, 8–11 November 2010.

Kotzen, B. 2010. An investigation of aquaponics using brackish water resources in the Negev Desert. Drylands, Deserts and Desertification: The Route to Restoration, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, November 2010.

Kotzen, B. 2010. Enhancing planting and plant establishment through micro-landscape manipulation and micro-climate enhancement: Desert restoration – the need for a global research enterprise. Drylands, Deserts and Desertification: The Route to Restoration. Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, November 2010.

Kotzen, B., and Appelbaum, S. (2010) An investigation of aquaponics using brackish water resources in the Negev Desert. Journal of Applied Aquaculture, 22(4), pp. 297–320. ISSN 1545-0805 (electronic); 1045-4438 (paper).

Kotzen, B., and English, C. (2009) Environmental Noise Barriers: A Guide to Their Acoustic and Visual Design. London: Spon Press / Taylor & Francis. ISBN 0-415-43708-3 (hbk); 0-203-93138-6 (ebook).

Kotzen, B. (2003) An investigation of shade under six different tree species of the Negev Desert towards their potential use for enhancing micro-climatic conditions in landscape architectural development. Journal of Arid Environments, 55(2), pp. 231–74. ISSN 0140-1963.

Kotzen, B. (2004) Plant use in desert climates – looking forward to sustainable planting in the Negev and other world deserts. Acta Horticulturae, (643), pp. 39–49. ISSN 0567-7572.

Kotzen, B. 2004. Plants and environmental noise barriers. Paper delivered to International Conference on Urban Horticulture. Wädenswil, Switzerland, September 2002. (Published Acta Horticulturae, 643, January 2004, pp. 265–76.)

Kotzen, B. (2002) Changing attitudes towards urban design and the creation of urban shade in the Negev Desert. Urban Design Studies, 8. School of Architecture & Landscape, University of Greenwich.

Kotzen, B. 2001. Looks good sounds good – the visual aesthetics of environmental noise barriers. Paper published and delivered to A Barrier To Noise conference, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, 23 January 2001.

Kotzen, B. Environmental noise barriers. Future Build, Magazine of the Dept. of Construction, Economics & Management, p. 35. University of the Witwatersrand.

Turner, T., and Kotzen, B. (1999–2000) Territorial design: urban design at the University of Greenwich (1998–2000). Urban Design Studies, 5-6, pp. 85–92. School of Architecture & Landscape, University of Greenwich.

Kotzen, B., and English, C. (1999) Environmental Noise Barriers: A Guide to Their Acoustic and Visual Design. London, New York: E&FN Spon / Routledge. ISBN 0-419-23180-3 (print); 0-203-01733-1 (ebook).