Second digital public participation from August 31, 2021
What will become of the property on Blanckertzstrasse in Düsseldorf Ludenberg? To recap: At the beginning of the project, all interested citizens were able to submit their proposals in categories such as residential concepts, green and open space, or social infrastructure in the two-stage cooperative competition with public participation organized by BPD Immobilienentwicklung GmbH, together with the state capital Düsseldorf and Städtische Wohnungsbau-GmbH Düsseldorf (SWD).
Since August 31, 2021, the second digital citizen participation is being held. After the jury meeting at the end of August, five designs made it to the 2nd stage, which now have to face the ideas and comments of the public again.
A diverse first session of the jury
On 20.08.2021, the first jury meeting took place in the Alte Schiedehalle at the Böhler site in Düsseldorf. The 22 judges from different fields such as architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, politics and real estate development met to evaluate the 12 submissions of the planning offices. They paid particular attention to:
- The preservation of the tree population
- The creation of open and green spaces
- The traffic development concept
- The social infrastructure with careful integration into the existing neighborhoods.
The social infrastructure with careful integration into the existing neighborhoods.
After our office had summarized the report of the preliminary examination as procedure supervisor in this competition, a pair consisting of one specialist judge and one procedural judge each examined one of the 12 designs for its quality.
In the end, after a final, joint vote, these five planning teams and their designs made it through to the next round:
- ASTOC Architects and Planners, Cologne
- Mronz und Schaefer, Cologne
- konrath und wennemar architekten ingenieure, Düsseldorf
- Thomas Schüler Architekten und Stadtplaner, Düsseldorf
- LOWEG ARCHITEKTEN, Aachen
Second public participation starts
From August 31, 2021, to September 20, 2021, all interested citizens can once again submit suggestions and ideas and provide them to the planning offices. After all, the planning offices have until the next meeting of the jury in December to incorporate the jury’s recommendations for action and the public’s comments.
Those who would now like to contribute to the second participation phase can do so digitally, but also analogously.
The website https://www.dialog-park-ludenberg.de/ features all the designs along with a brief design explanation, and feedback can be left easily and directly.
The final designs can also be found at the construction fence on the competition site on Blanckertzstraße. There they can be viewed and evaluated. If one would like to leave written feedback, one can simply drop it in the mailbox on site, or send it by mail to our address:
The awards ceremony in real time streaming
Special circumstances, special measures. Fortunately, the Cologne Architecture Prize was not prevented by Corona. But it did have to be adjusted and postponed a little. We talked to someone from the kap board about the special circumstances this year and how the award ceremony was received:
Rolf Vollmer, board member and treasurer of the “Kölner Architekturpreis e.V.”. In our interview, he tells us what it was like this year.
The Cologne Architecture Prize (kap) was awarded for the 14th time in 2021. Actually, the prize winners should have been honored earlier. Normally, the award ceremony takes place every three to five years with an on-site event. In 2017, at the 13th kap, it was impossible to foresee what would be in store for everyone in 2020 and then in 2021.
The Cologne Architecture Prize, which is already 51 years old, is one of the oldest German architecture prizes. What was different this year?
Vollmer: Until the very end, all those involved and also the four organizing institutions – the BDA Cologne, the Kölnischer Kunstverein, the Deutscher Werkbund NW and the Architektur Forum Rheinland – had hoped that an exhibition of all the works would be able to take place at the latest after the expected withdrawal of the Corona restrictions. The date was thus postponed to March 2021 for the time being. Arrangements and contracts for the award ceremony and the exhibition with the Catholic University Community/the Archbishop’s Vocational College as well as the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum were therefore cancelled. However, since no one could estimate where, and above all, in what setting such an event may take place again, it was decided in October 2020 to hold the award ceremony in March exclusively online via live stream. In this way, all interested parties could follow the events on screen at home.
Surely this meant that the preparations were different? Can you tell us something about the jury meeting or other challenges?
Vollmer: The jury consisted of five members: from the “Architecture” category with Donatella Fioretti from Berlin, Anne Kaestle from Zurich and Thomas Kröger from Berlin, from the “Journalists” category with Laura Weißmüller from Munich and from the “Public figure” category with the artist Marcel Odenbach from Cologne. Fortunately, all five jury members were able to coordinate the postponement with their calendars and come to Cologne in person, except for Laura Weißmüller from Munich, who was connected to the jury meeting via Zoom due to illness.
The meeting took place in the event hall of the Kölnischer Kunstverein, with daily Corona self-testing and a large distance between the seats of the jury and board members. Laura Weißmüller was then digitally connected from Munich with a laptop monitor. In addition, there were two screens for beamer presentation of the submitted projects. The project boards could thus be discussed, also in comparison with each other, just as thoroughly and conscientiously as in a real exhibition. The final selection of awards and recognitions was made on the second day of the meeting on the basis of a bus tour of the jury to the shortlisted projects. The size of the bus was also determined by the required “Corona non-harmful” seating distance. So all jury procedures new, unfamiliar and exciting – but everything worked well, the mood within the jury and board members was excellent.
So the best was made of given possibilities. And you relied on digital support. What was it like to follow the Cologne Architecture Prize ceremony online as a live stream?
Vollmer: That, too, was of course unusual and exciting, both for us and for the more than 200 interested visitors and listeners, clients and colleagues at the screens. It was interesting to see that digital solutions now make almost anything possible. With the support of an external service provider, we did quite well as organizers to ensure that the audience experienced a good piece of Cologne’s urban development – completely digitally. But it was also a great pity, of course – especially for the award winners. The atmosphere is different, and of course it’s not quite as dignified if you can watch it from your sofa at home – possibly still in sweatpants.
Were all the submissions presented live?
Vollmer: No, of course not all of them. 66 entries from 52 architectural firms would be a bit much. Out of all the entries, there were 10 winners at this year’s Cologne Architecture Prize. Five awards and five recognitions. The award-winning projects were presented in detail. Through photos and the comments and statements of the architects and their clients, as well as the reading of the jury’s verdicts, the audience was able to see successful examples of fruitful collaboration between designers and clients. By the way: On the website www.koelnerarchitekturpreis.de everyone can now view the awards including jury verdicts as well as all submissions.
Why is it necessary to have such formats, despite some obstacles and unpredictable circumstances?
Vollmer: In the earliest Cologne Architecture Prize awards, only individual outstanding buildings were honored. Today, the kap is also awarded for urban planning installations, open spaces and interventions in public spaces in Cologne and the surrounding area. This is exactly the right way to go about it, because it makes Cologne’s building culture known to a broad public and is not just reserved for interested experts. The exhibitions, which are usually held every three years in inner-city locations, have shown that a large number of interested visitors are not specialists, but simply attend the presentation out of interest in the cityscape and good architecture.
One of the sponsors of the Cologne Architecture Prize is the Architekturforum Rheinland, which you represent as a member of the board of the Kölner Architekturpreis e.V. (“Cologne Architecture Prize”) association. There, the focus is on “Knowing the past, understanding the present, shaping the future. How do you influence the process? Can the kap provide even more inspiration in this direction?
Vollmer: To clarify: the kap board organizes the procedure, appoints and accompanies the jury, acquires and looks after the sponsors and is responsible for the content and financial management of the entire measure. The influence on design and architectural developments in the architectural discourse is thus limited. However, by selecting and justifying the projects worthy of an award, the jury members can very well influence the discussion, consideration and assessment of the entries, also with regard to ecological and social aspects. At this year’s jury meeting, for example, the discussion on the subject of renovation, expansion and conversion of existing buildings and facilities took up a great deal of space. In my opinion, this shows that a sustainable approach to existing buildings can also provide an impetus for the future. That was not so much in the spotlight in the past architecture awards.
What did you take away from this 14th kap? What did you like about it?
Vollmer: Despite all the uncertainty and unpredictability of breaking new ground for such an event, what excited me the most was the adventure of holding the awards ceremony via live stream. I was very pleased to see the consistently high quality of this year’s submissions. And I am particularly grateful to our sponsors who, despite Corona and the economic impact it often entails, have again supported us financially, in some cases repeatedly. As you know, our association is non-profit, without a budget of its own and relies on the help of supporters and sponsors to carry out the measure and all related costs. Therefore, I would like to especially thank the office Angeler Architektur & Projektmanagement as one of our main sponsors this year for their first and hopefully not last commitment.
What would you like to see from the next Cologne Architecture Prize?
Vollmer: Despite the good experiences with holding the award ceremony via livestream and the digital exhibition on our website, I hope that Corona will no longer be an issue – at least for the analog execution of the Cologne Architecture Prize – and that people will be able to celebrate the award ceremony together with colleagues, clients, sponsors and friends over a glass of wine and then stroll through the exhibition of all the submitted works at their leisure. If necessary, digital support could be helpful in the context of the jury meeting and project assessment and perhaps even at the award ceremony through parallel livestream. However, that is for the board of the next Cologne Architecture Prize to decide.
Thank you very much for the interview, Mr. Vollmer!
The first public participation phase has started
In Düsseldorf Ludenberg, a new, integrative residential quarter is to be built on the former site of the German Red Cross retirement home on Blanckertzstraße. From now on, all interested citizens will have the opportunity to take part in the process. Thus, a high quality of living is to be achieved with a simultaneous integration into the existing environment.
Such an exciting project can only succeed if everyone is pulling in the same direction, i.e. creating new planning law, and interests of investors but also of citizens are taken into account in a balanced way. BPD Immobilienentwicklung GmbH, in cooperation with the state capital Düsseldorf and Städtische Wohnungsbau-GmbH Düsseldorf (SWD), has therefore launched an urban planning competition in a two-phase process with public participation. Our office takes over the supervision of the entire procedure, from the preparation of the invitation to tender to the organization of the exhibition of the results after completion.
At www.dialog-park-ludenberg.de, interested citizens can now submit their proposals for the “Park-Ludenberg” in these categories until April 12, 2021:
- Residential concepts
- Green and outdoor space
- Mobility of the future
- Social infrastructure
- Love of the local area
All ideas are forwarded to the competition participants, initially 15 planning offices. The latter can then supplement their concepts with the opinions and wishes submitted.
What happens next?
After the initial public participation, the first jury session will follow from August 2021, in which the concepts of the 15 planning offices will be evaluated by the jury, consisting of representatives of politics, the property owners, the administration and external specialist planners. A maximum of five offices will be selected for the next round.
This round provides for a second public participation. Citizens will again have the opportunity to comment on the remaining designs. With a third public participation, the final designs will be presented in December 2021.
Special measures in the corona pandemic
Due to the pandemic, public participation will primarily be carried out online and digitally. The participation platform set up for this purpose, www.dialog-park-ludenberg.de, will be available until December 2021 and serves not only for participation but also for information.
However, in order to give everyone the opportunity to participate, interested parties can also get involved in an analog way instead of using the digital platform – either by using the feedback box in the entrance hall of the residential building at Blanckertzstraße 26, or simply by mailing to our address:
Successful project management
Our first and so far largest project with CBT was successfully finalized in February 2021. The 4th construction phase has been completed and the tenants were able to move in again.
When a project is not well managed, costs quickly escalate and deadlines are pushed well behind. In this situation, CBT (Caritas-Betriebsführungs- und Trägergesellschaft mbH) found itself with the fire protection upgrade including WTG (law on housing and participation) upgrade of WH 17 in Leverkusen, Upladin. It was time to make a clean break and to look for a new team for the project management. Thus, CBT came to Angeler APM (formerly Vollmer|Angeler Architekten, Projektmanagement).
In a total of four construction phases, the entire residential building underwent fire protection upgrades and modernization. We took over the project management, i.e. the project control and also the project management, for this project, which had a total gross floor area of approx. 16,000 m².
The first phase of construction started in 2018, after we had already dealt extensively with planning and cost optimization. After the first two construction phases, which included the area of “living with care”, “living with service” also followed in the further phases.
Happy clients and tenants
Thanks to savings and uncovered optimization potential, the project was completed under the agreed budget – despite exploding costs at the time the project management was taken over at the end of 2016.
It was also possible to stay below the schedule target. The 1st construction phase provided important insights, so that we were able to reduce the execution time in the following construction phases through proactive control measures. This made not only our office and our client CBT happy, but also the tenants: Because in all four construction phases, the residents in the respective section were relocated and housed in other areas. After completion, all tenants were now able to move back in.
“With (Vollmer and) Angeler, we noticed right away: they don’t mess around with the project. The office had all relevant aspects in mind and took a lot of work and worry off our shoulders as the building owner. They thought of everything and even showed us potential savings.”
Here’s to a good partnership
For us, WH 17 was the first and largest project with CBT to date. We were able to demonstrate our expertise in project management, our foresight and our partnership-based approach. Mutual trust has grown steadily. Thus, new projects have resulted from the good cooperation. Currently, Angeler APM is in charge of five more CBT residential buildings:
Our two colleagues Sonia Kubel and Annika Hermes have successfully completed the course “DVP-ZERT® project controller in the construction and real estate industry”.
We can proudly announce that we have two newly graduated DVP-ZERT® project controllers (DVP = German Association for Project Management) in our team. As graduates of the course, our colleagues Sonia Kubel and Annika Hermes can now contribute to and manage projects even more competently. They have comprehensively dealt with the contents of the AHO booklet No. 9, the HOAI, the DIN 276 and the VOB, as well as all important focal points in the various roles in construction and project management. In addition, they had to work thoroughly on communication and negotiation strategies and ultimately demonstrate the training content they had acquired in an examination.
For our team, this means much more than just two new certificates. Because at Angeler APM we are actively investing in the future. On the one hand, we want to offer development and career prospects. Each team member has an influence on the direction this can take: Where do their interests lie? What are individual wishes?
And secondly, we want to position our team broadly and successfully for the future. Through continuing education we want to meet our own quality standards and sense of responsibility and thus achieve successful projects and satisfied customers. With not one but two DVP-ZERT® project controllers, we ensure this especially in construction and project management.
Sonia and Annika say:
“We are very happy about the support and encouragement by our office. The course was really exciting and helpful. In small groups, the content taught could be directly applied and discussed using real case studies and even further deepened in the additional project work in the office.”
More than just a logo
Out of the partnership Vollmer | Angeler arises our today’s office Angeler Architektur & Projektmanagement. With the new company name there is also a new look. Why have we decided to take this step?
Even though we build on a common and successful foundation with 30 years of experience, we are always evolving. And that’s a good thing. Because nothing is more dangerous than simply remaining the same – including architecture. Only through growth and constant development can we recognize tomorrow’s challenges at an early stage.
With Angeler Architektur & Projektmanagement GmbH, we can face future changes in the best possible way: Our team is already planning for future developments today. That is why we confidently position ourselves as all-rounders, believing in architects as generalists. By bundling services and acting with foresight, we lead projects to sustainable success.
As we look to the future, our values have of course not changed. We work in a cooperative, family-like manner on an equal footing, we are professional and results-oriented in our approach and, above all, our love for architecture remains unchanged.
What does not remain the same, however, is our appearance. Because here, too, we need to evolve. With our new logo and website we want to show: As a holistically oriented planning and project management office, we focus on stability and balance. We present ourselves clearly, transparently and goal-oriented, because this is what our office stands for as well as our way of thinking.
"I am proud of our development and our team. With Angeler APM, we are prepared for new challenges and can react flexibly. Here, we are not resting on 30 years of experience, but are constantly growing in our tasks – both professionally and personally. We are highly motivated to the task and give our best with our knowledge, experience and personal commitment." – Christofer Angeler, Managing Director Angeler APM