Dr.-Ing. Thorsten Erl

Dr.-Ing. Thorsten Erl

Dr.-Ing. Thorsten Erl

Senior Researcher, Project REALLABOR STADT RAUM BILDUNG, Architect

Telephone +49 (0)711 685 83365

Interim Chair of International Urbanism, University of Stuttgart

Doctorate Degree, Universität Stuttgart, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, supervisor: Prof. Dr. Helmut Bott. Dissertation title: O Porto- City and Port.

Auditor for Certification System ‚New urban districts’, Sustainable Urban Planning, DGNB, German Sustainable Building Council

Academic staff member, University of Stuttgart, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Institute of Urban Planning and Design, Prof. Dr.­Ing. Helmut Bott/ Prof. Dr.­Ing. Astrid Ley

Diploma (Dipl.-Ing. ) at TU Darmstadt, Diploma Thesis: ‘New Waterfront Hamburg‘, supervisor Prof. Thomas Sieverts

CV Summary

Dr.-Ing. Thorsten Erl, architect, urban planner and urban researcher, has been working at the Institute of Urban Planning and Design since 2002. He studied architecture and urban planning at the Technical Universities of Berlin and Darmstadt and at the Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Porto in Portugal. Thorsten Erl is a board member of the Europan Deutschland e.V. and a member of the Bund deutscher Architekten (BDA)

Since graduating from TU Darmstadt in 1999, he has been running the office „metris architekten + stadtplaner“ in Heidelberg and Darmstadt jointly with Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Bartels.

In 2011, Thorsten Erl has successfully completed his doctoral thesison the urban development of the Portuguese city port of  Oporto and his significant interrelationship between the city and the port. The focal point was the question of identity of the city and the metropolitan region by the same name. Linked to this was the rehabilitation of the urban development process from a clerical nucleus in the Middle Ages to an open urban landscape today.

His main interest and his work focuses on the transformation of the city in general and in strategic and integral urban planning in particular. In addition he is preoccupied with contextual design and co-design in architecture and urban planning.

Thorsten Erl is working in two transdisciplinary research teams on questions of sustainable transformation. These so-called „Ba-Wü-Labs“ are each being funded for a period of three years by the Ministry of Science, Research and Art in Baden-Württemberg with a particular focus on sustainable science and cooperation between science and society.

To generate cross-sectional knowledge, scientists and municipal players collaborate in the real-world laboratoryon trans-and interdisciplinary topics. His special interest as participant of the Realworldlab STADT-RAUM-BILDUNG is the urban integration of schools and educational landscapes within the urban quarters and the informal learning spaces in cities and municipalities. The main question is to what extent a school or a school center can be an important building block for social sustainability within the city district.

As an external partner in the real-world laboratory “Urban Office” of the University of Heidelberg, Thorsten Erl researched the genesis of the ‘House of Learning B3‘ in Heidelberg. The name Bcontains three terms education, care, encounter. The combination of a civic center, a primary school and a nursery school all in one space, shapes and activates the district-center of the new urban quarter „Bahnstadt“ in Heidelberg.


ERL, T. (2018): Leitfragen für die Gestaltung von Partizipationsprozessen in Reallaboren, in: Hrsg.: Rico Defila, Antonietta Di Giulio: Transdisziplinär und transformativ forschen, Eine Methodensammlung, Wiesbaden, Springer VS, ISBN: 978-3-658-21529-3,Seiten 105-135

ERL, T. (2016): Heidelberger Schlossgespräche, Reden über Architektur, Band 1, Mannheim, Edition Panorama, ISBN: 978-3-89823-559-4

ERL, T. (2016): Objekt oder Projekt? Die Suche nach einem neuen „Common Sense“ hat gerade erst begonnen, in:Hrsg. Europan Deutschland Europan 13 – The Adaptable City 2: Ergebnisse /Results, Berlin, Europan, ISBN-13: 978-3000533488, Seiten 13-21

ERL, T. (2013): Kommunale Umsetzungsstrategien, in: Hrsg.: Helmut Bott, Gregor Grassl, Nachhaltige Stadtplanung – Konzepte für nachhaltige Quartiere, München, Edition Detail, ISBN:978-3-955531-93-5, Seiten 206-210

ERL, T. (2012): Porto. Stadt und Hafen. Vom klerikalen Nukleus zur offenen Stadtlandschaft. Detmold: Rohn Verlag, ISBN: 978-3-939486-65-7