Open Scale. Young & Local ideas

The magazine for the interdisciplinary ideas competition for the city of Munich 2009



“Wanted: New thoughts and approaches for Munich’s urban development. Sought after: young players from architecture, planning and other disciplines” – this was the beginning of the call for forward-looking ideas for Munich issued by the Bavarian state capital as part of OPEN SCALE. In the run-up, the Munich Department of Urban Planning and Building Regulations had commissioned Sally Below and her office sbca with the conception, communication and coordination of this pilot project of the National Urban Development Policy as part of the application process.

OPEN SCALE was an experiment – a competition of ideas without specifications in terms of theme or scale. Everyone was curious about the response – and surprised by the great popularity as well as the quality and diversity of the ideas. Fifty young, interdisciplinary teams – a total of 219 participants – from the Munich Metropolitan Region applied. Seven entries were selected by a prominent jury and continued to work on their ideas with representatives of the city administration and external experts.

The magazine on the ideas competition presented the concepts, ideas and the Munich residents behind them and shed light on the context in which these proposals were submitted and presented.