At the Isartor and in the Tal, in the city of Munich, which is visibly overburdened by car traffic, a sign is to be set that stands for the fundamental orientation in urban planning philosophy: The urban body is being further developed as a breathing system in a strategically comprehensive overall context.
It is time to give the urban spaces their identity back and thus counteract the monotonization of urban development.
The revitalisation of the Tal will give rise to future-oriented discussions,
which include social, economic and cultural aspects as well as changing climatic conditions.
The enlivenment of the Tal, as a breathing system that lives through the people who spend time there.
Objectives of the redesign
– a place to stay
– a humane valley tal
– better air
– historical reference
Today this strong symbol of Munich identity has disappeared from our perception.
The gates are still there, the connection is not.
So the story is missing.
Water and greenery will also help improve the microclimate.
Like umbrellas, flat-cut trees do not obscure the city skyline, and you can see both gates from the benches on the hump-back bridge.
A small recreational area is being created and what has been taken away from the people by the car-friendly city is given back to them again.
The Tal should become a lively valley.
Of the three still existing Munich city gates, only the Isartor is completely preserved.
At first the taxes were raised at the Talburgtor (now the reconstructed old town hall tower), and later at its counterpart in Ludwigstadt: the Isartor.
The Isartor often acted as a stage for magnificent events such as the wedding of Wilhelm V in 1568.
It's not about cosmetic repairs, but about a fundamental change, about the experiment of a utopia. Jochen Boberg