Munich, 20.02.2018 – “The city needs planners” says Florian Beck, head of the ATP Design and Research Studio in Munich. The architect was added to the list of urban planners of the Bavarian Chamber of Architects in February 2018 and can now add the title of urban planner to that of architect in line with Art.1 § 3 of the Law of the Chamber of Building.
This means that ATP Munich now “officially” has the urban planning expertise which it has already demonstrated in the shape of several successes in urban design competitions. In 2016 and 2017 ATP Munich won two urban planning competitions in Nuremberg, 1st prize for the remodeling of the heart of the district of Thon and 1st prize for a residential park in the district of Gebersdorf. The redesign of the center of the Bavarian municipality of Weßling was another competition-winning concept by the Munich team. And the soon-to-be completed IN-Tower, a 50-meter-high residential and commercial high-rise building with 80 apartments which is currently Ingolstadt’s highest building was also a competition winning project.
Urban planning is a social role which controls the conditions in which living, working, and the provision of services as well as cultural and leisure activities can take place as a way of defining the parameters for much of our communal life. Florian Beck has been deeply involved for years in the development of the “smart city” and in addressing the design challenges of the future.
According to the Head of Design of ATP’s Munich office, “I think that it’s important today that we’re able to take an interdisciplinary approach to addressing urban design research projects. In the same way that the invention of artificial lighting and the car during the nineteenth century transformed the city, the public realm, and urban life, digitalization will once again bring radical change to the built city in terms of both design and social requirements.”
Since a recent change in the regulations the professional title of “Urban Planner” as set out in BauKaG Art.1 § 3 is only granted following a comprehensive formal process designed to establish the professional qualifications of the candidate. Both a completed course of study and practical experience of formal and informal planning procedures are amongst the requirements for the aesthetic, technical, commercial, environmentally-friendly and social role of urban and space planning.
Our heartfelt congratulations!