narrative Curriculum Vitae Stefan Frischauf - CEO and founder of Any Architects and Engineers: Stefan Frischauf worked from February 2009 till July 2010 as architect and project leader/ manager within a regeneration project for part of the Old Town of Kabul/ Afghanistan. Design, urban planning, infrastructure, planning and project management of community projects belonged as much to his tasks as training young Afghan architects and engineers. Most important project became planning and realization of a sustainable urban water management system for the 3,8 hectares massively destroyed Old Town, he had to coordinate with an Engineering office from Berlin. His employer was a British NGO - Turquoise Mountain -belonging to the trust of the Prince of Wales.
Before that he has travelled a lot – through China and the Soviet Union in decay in 1989 as much as especially to Muslim countries and within his studies and beyond that he did a lot of research on Islamic urban structures – and comparable phenomena of “oriental” and “occidental” ways of living and building. Furthermore he has as well gained a lot of experience on other fields – as engineer and architect – on planning and developing within different systems of building and civil law and - he is also a trained nurse.
He was born in 1964 in Düsseldorf / Germany.
When he returned to Germany in summer 2010 – actually to his home town Düsseldorf at the Lower Rhine he developed the idea of founding an office for project development, where he could put in all the experience he has gained on the fields of architecture, urban planning, engineering and urban history and all other fields related to that.
Soon he recognized, that ANY Architects and Engineers needed to be reorganized as an NGO for finding ways how to develop projects in so treated “first and third world countries”.
He is currently (July 2011) also applying for University teaching jobs and is working on a dissertation subject on crossover territory – urban and regional planning, (urban) sociology, economy, (urban) history, ecology – and justice –
“ (Urban-) Socio-economical field research Germany-Afghanistan” –
Urban development in the „Legal vacuum of a Post-war-country“ -
Locational advantages and disadvantages of places in the sense of a typology and –
an immanent logic of cities – comparative studies Kabul – Herat – Kandahar
and - conurbation Düsseldorf – Cologne – Ruhr Area to Berlin and Munich –
and other conurbations in Germany -
centre and periphery – core – formed mat – region –
Analogies and temporal / spatial shifts and drifts.
He is convinced, that “the West” as that global region, that caused global warming within its long industrialization process nowadays also has to take the responsibility for developing
sustainable concepts for any other place being exposed to the threats of accelerated global pressure of decentralized industrial production. And – that by developing projects with local communities here and there on eye level win-win situations for all participants involved into an efficient process for “healing places” – suffering from many side effects of so called “globalization” can be created.
Thus – the ideal of the “social - and the global city in times of global warming” should be a target to be prosecuted in a pragmatic way – both for “shrinking cities” in “the North” and for exploding “Megacities” in “the South”. That target can only be reached by the multiple ways of flexible diplomacy. Cause – we’re actually sharing the same world – the same environment – and – we’re suffering from the same diseases, caused by that – wherever we are and – wherever we want to be.
Areas of Expertise
Architecture, Project Development, Project & Team Management, Urban Planning, Urban History, Engineering - fire protection, Engineering - sanitation - sustainable urban water management
An idea worth spreading
Any Architects and Engineers intends to act as a Non Governmental Organisation - it does develop projects, where they are urgently needed.
look for improvement of local skills and techniques.
adapt vernacular engineering and building methods.
assessment of essential local functional demands.
protect cultural heritage sites where they are least protected.
builds up teams and capacities – on the ground – from the ground.
work programs on eye level with local communities.
supportive legal proposals for protecting communities.
help for locals for enabling them to help themselves.
assisting programs for small-scale business development
aims at improving basic local living conditions.
Increasing local identity – creating functionally rooted places.
installing low-tech sustainable solutions.
building up teams for maintenance within implementation.
developing the “social city” in times of global warming.
I'm passionate about
Sustainability as key part of any building program – of any
esthetic and functional layout is the biggest challenge -
to anybody, who potentially is an architect and engineer him or herself.
My TED story
Saw first Kevin Slavins Talk on math algorithms. Martin Börjesson - futureamb-Blogger from Sweden blogged that on tumblr. Nice forum - saw also some other amazing talks - Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations, Robert Hammond - building a park in the sky about NYC's amazing High Line Park.