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Otto flag

Otto Flag (born January 5, 1938 in Hildesheim ) is a German city planner.


Flag attended the humanistic high school Andreanum in Hildesheim and began studying architecture in 1957 after graduating from the Technical University of Darmstadt . In 1964 he graduated with a diploma. After his first job as a project manager in the Lenz office in Mainz, where he mainly worked on competitions, he received a foreign scholarship to study urban planning in England. In 1966 he began post-graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh with Percy Johnson-Marshall in the Department of Regional Planning and Urban Design. He worked on the urban center of Edinburgh and the urban expansion of Broxburn - Uphall and graduated in 1966 with a Civic Design diploma, the prerequisite for the subsequent Master of Science thesis.

Afterwards, Otto Flagge worked for the Greater London Council at the Department of Architecture and Civic Design until 1969 . The GLC was the local government of London at the time and processed all important local projects. Flag was primarily concerned with the reorganization of the area around Waterloo station , the design of the banks of the Thames at Greenwich Pier and the urban spatial consequences of the planned London South Cross Route . While working at GLC, he wrote his M.Sc. thesis on "Factors influencing the Location and Design of Urban Motorways with Particular Reference to the London South Cross Route" (Eng. Factors influencing the location and design of urban highways with a special focus) the London South Cross Route ), which he submitted to the University of Edinburgh in 1969.

In 1967 he married the archaeologist Ingeborg Flagge in London . After returning to Germany, he set up the Guther / Stracke planning office as a branch office in Bonn and was its head until 1974. The main focus of work was the development of a new Bonn district (Bonn- Tannenbusch ), advising the city on the preparation of a zoning plan after the municipal reorganization in 1969 and advising the city of Bonn, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the federal government on the formulation and Implementation of a capital city concept.

While working in Bonn, he was made a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1971 and wrote a dissertation from 1971 to 1973 on the subject of "The importance of contracts in planning and realizing new cities and districts". In 1974 he became a Dr.-Ing. PhD at the TH Darmstadt.

Until 1987, Otto Flagge was the head of the planning office for the city of Leverkusen. Here he was primarily occupied with communal tasks such as drawing up a new land use plan after the communal reorganization and drawing up a landscape plan and overall transport plan.

On April 1, 1987 he was elected to the City Planning Council (member of the Magistrate) of the state capital Kiel. On March 31, 1999, he resigned from the service after two terms. The SPD parliamentary group leader Jürgen Fenske said in the farewell speech that "Otto has given the city urbanity and vitality". Kiel experienced a “fresh cell treatment” through him.

His main projects included the redevelopment of the fallow land at the southern tip of the port, several new residential areas, the renovation of the train station and its surroundings, the redevelopment of the Friedrichsort district and the controversial introduction of Tempo 30 in almost all residential areas. Overall, Otto Flagge had a strong creative influence on numerous important private building projects.

For decades, Otto Flagge has drawn on all trips since his studies - always directly with an ink pen, so that no line could be corrected and the watercolors applied while sitting at the next opportunity - afterwards no additions or changes. For the whole of his life, drawing meant confronting architecture in urban and rural areas. Sketching requires a sharp eye that is both analysis and interpretation.

In mid-1999, Otto Flagge founded a private office for municipal planning advice, which he operated until 2012.

Flag is an extraordinary member of the Association of German Architects and has been a member of the German Academy for Urban Development and Regional Planning DASL since 1989 .

Publications (selection)

  • Almost 1000 apartments, an investor competition , in: DAB 11/1973
  • Bundesbauten Bonn, notes on the result of a competition , in: Der Architekt 5/1973
  • Edinburgh's old New Town , in: Baumeister 5/1976
  • Stop road building in London? , in: Bauwelt 16/1975
  • New land reform in Great Britain , in: Stadtbauwelt 54/1977
  • London Docklands, opportunities and problems on Europe's largest construction site , in: Bauwelt 10/1978
  • Federal capital Bonn, federal buildings and planning , in: Architektur in Bonn, Verlag Röhrscheid, Bonn 1984
  • What does city quality mean in the future? , in: The Architect 7–8 / 1986

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