28 December 2020 – The Mayor of Potsdam appointed me as a member of the city’s so-called Gestaltungsrat (Design Panel). The panel’s task is to assess the projects submitted to the council in terms of their urban, architectural and design qualities and to advise the parties involved. If necessary, it makes recommendations and sets criteria for achieving a high architectural standard and integration into the characteristic qualities of Potsdam’s urban landscape.

The aim of the Gestaltungsrat is to contribute to the improvement of the urban landscape, to ensure a high standard of architectural quality and to prevent undesirable urban and architectural developments. At the same time, positive effects are expected on more intensive and better architectural awareness among all those involved in urban design. The Gestaltungsrat evaluates projects of great significance for the urban landscape and the urban design of the state capital and contributes to the development of quality standards for important urban development projects.

A funny detail is that a Holländisches Viertel (Dutch Quarter) was built in Potsdam in the 18th century. It stands out because of its bright orange brickwork and baroque facades, which frankly strike me as Prussian rather than Dutch.