Munich: Expert Assessment of Spatial Architectural Model
While Munich thrives as a city it faces a steady decrease in areas suitable for residential development. Because of this, the Munich municipal government has instituted a Project on Long-term Resettlement Development Planning.
In 2009, Munich town hall commissioned three expert assessments to develop strategies of resettlement, renovation and development of city suburbs to assess growth potentials within the city limits and prospects of safe development beyond these.
The objective is to identify and review with more precision characteristic structural components of the city in the scope of the overarching idea of What defines Munich and to elaborate recommendations on future development as may be necessary. It is necessary to identify what characterizes city scapes and what scapes and motives are of importance for the future.
Following components have been assessed
• Natural and cultural requirements • History of city development • Functional segmentation • Density and heights • Structure typology • Open space typology• Public space • Transport
The cityscape of Munich is specifically characterised by the following features
• natural spatial and landscape / open-space structures, e. g., the Isar River valley, water body landscapes, English gardens and a system of various green and park areas
• urban components like the compact downtown structure with its landmarks, ensembles and the system of public streets and squares.
The above components were researched and the following were identified:
• topographic work • improvements to free area proposals and location quality (e. g., by developing/ improving accessibility of water bodies) • shaping addresses and improving accessibility of park areas; broadening free space proposals through networking • architectural differentiation and profiling of public spaces • architectural specialisation of radial main streets and specific axial lines of the city • improving connections and nodes for slower traffic in the downtown area • reducing perception of big monolithic structures and dominant transport infrastructures as barriers; improving networks • preservation, restoration and emphasising expression of permanent urban structures through improving their architectural appearance.
Munich, the Lander administrative centre (publ. ed.): Long-term Resettlement Development Planning – Congress Information – Munich, 2011. 40 p. Contains: Expert Assessment of Spatial Architectural Model, p. 26-35
Expert assessment of spatial architectural model
Machleidt + Partner, Urban Planning Design Bureau, Berlin, Juliane Schonauer, Berlin
Spatial planners, partners Susanne Burger and Peter Kuhn, Munich
Munich, the Lander administrative centre
Munich, the administrative center of the federal state
Department of Urban Planning and Building Regulations
Blumenstraße 31, 80331 München
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