About Philipp Gleiche
Philipp Gleiche is an architect working in the Urban Design-Team of Leipzig’s Office for Urban Planning. He is specialized in the design of public space (e.g. streets, squares, pedestrian zones) and the infrastructure for public transport (tram-stops, tram-tracks, etc.). He has already been to Lviv in the framework of the “Street for All” Project in summer 2016.
Purpose of visit
The visit takes place as part of the "Street for all - participatory planning street in Lviv" Project. The purpose of the visit is to exchange experience in the design of pedestrian zones on the Bandera Street and public space around the Mary Magdalene Church / Organ Hall (including Profesorska Street).
Leipzig's example of having an urban design-team as a unit in the City Council is very interesting for Lviv. It helps to improve the quality of the public space in the city for example by making sure that street design is not only seen as a technical thing, but also a design-task. It is very good to have somebody in the City Council who is able to write good task-descriptions as a basis for contracting private architects.
The 3-hours-expert-seminar from Philipp Gleiche, an architect from the Leipzig City Council, was a good platform for discussions on creating a unified vision for arrangement of pedestrian zones and public spaces in Lviv. The expert shared his experience of the general strategy for improvement of public spaces in Leipzig: there are universal catalogs with all the design decisions that are relevant, available and agreed by the local authorities.
Philipp Gleiche told about specifics of such catalogs elaboration and their basic functional meaning – teamwork, and homogeneous city equipped with universal elements that are easily served by all municipal services.
The target audience of this training were experts of LCC Architecture Office, Office of Ecology and Landscape Design, specialists from "Institute for Spatial Development" LCE and "Lvivavtodor" LCE.
«Leipzig's urban-design-catalogs are very interesting: The city like this reduced the number of, for example, more than 20 different types of benches to only 5. Like this the city looks more homogeneous. And it saves money, as maintenance is more easy. I like that Leipzig tries to find a design that is specific for this city», said Stefan Gabi, the German expert in local planning, member of the City Institute’s team and the "Street for all" project manager.
The main thesis of the meeting:
- Unified catalogs for public spaces design (document that describes all items that can be used in urban public spaces)
- Street design concept - document which shows changes and operational capabilities of the street in a period of 10...15-20 years
- Creation of a street design "business card" as a method of planning/ reconstruction improving
- Relationship of all interested/ relevant institutions/ teams as a basis for the efficient work