Meet Peter Petz, one of the “Your World, Reimagined: A Global Design Competition” judges

2013/07/10

The “Your World, Reimagined” global design competition encourages participants from various design backgrounds to submit their ideas for a redesign of an old, dilapidated, or run-down locale of their choice. By selecting such an open, and perhaps widely diverse theme, the creators of the competition, Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., along with its sponsors MAXON Computer, DOSCH DESIGN, Arroway Textures® and AMD FireProTM graphics, had no choice but to carefully select a panel of judges whose backgrounds vary as much as the potential entries.

Peter Petz

Peter Petz, Architect, German-Architects.com

Competition judge, Peter Petz, Architect, is hopeful that applicants will be encouraged to think “out-of-the-box,” believing that by having an assortment of submissions from a range of design disciplines, it will result in a multitude of visionary concepts.

Born in the south of Germany, Petz studied geography and empirical cultural sciences before graduating with a degree in architecture from the Institute for Presentation and Design at the University of Stuttgart in 1993. For 15 years, he worked as a freelance architect, focusing on urbanism and competitions. Since 2003, he has been working from Stuttgart as the project manager of German-Architects.com.

Petz describes his design philosophy as mathematical and draws inspiration from philosophers, historians, futurologists, and more. Some of his favorite real-world revitalization projects include Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, which served as the theme of a German pavilion at the Architecture Biennale in Venice, the upgrade of the 1960s C10 Highrise at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, and the renewal of Kleiner Tiergarten / Ottopark in Berlin, a public park from the 1950s with great historical significance.

Although Petz is eager to evaluate the submissions, in his opinion there is ultimately a correct and incorrect way for contestants to participate. “The wrong way is to subject monuments to a disrespectful process of appropriation and transformation – to reimagine something as a consumer product that is customized to reflect individual tastes, interests, and experiences,” said Petz. “The proper way is to design a visionary claim expressed by experiment, confusion, or provocation, leaving traces and the consciousness to generate beauty.”

Petz’s past work has provided him with significant experience in revitalization, which is the central theme of the competition. A few examples of projects he’s worked on include revitalization of a riverside and urban waste site in Stuttgart, Germany, an urban design competition in Basel, Switzerland in collaboration with AG Eckert Manthos Tagwerker and Glück Landschaftsarchitektur, and a transformation of an ancient sty in the city of Öhringen, Germany, in which a friend asked him to turn a pig sty into an office and apartment.

His advice to those planning to submit designs to the “Your World, Reimagined” competition is to design with freedom. “Feel free to develop experimental, radical, pioneering concepts,” said Petz. “A brilliant idea is more important than high gloss renderings.”

Learn more about “Your World Reimagined: A Global Design Competition” and how to participate here.

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