Julian Richter (Germany)
Julian Richter graduated as a wood engineer in 1971 and already during his studies he started to manufacture playground equipment from 1967 on. The initial ideas and designs were created by his mother, who was a social worker at this time in Hamburg. From the 70‘s on he was involved in actually every development of playground safety standards, first in Germany,then in Europe. The Commitment for the children was always his mantra when being part of or leading the committees for developing the standards (first DIN 7926, then the European wide harmonized EN1176 and 1177). “As much play value as possible – as much safety as needed” is one of his favorites say Dipl. – Ing. Julian Richter. As chair of the CEN committee TC136 SC1 he achieved an acceptance for the consideration of “safety in a different way’” which means: Not just regarding technical rules literally from written standards but having a deeper look into the risks and the real existing hazards and making a risk assessment for a structure which may other-wise not be compliant with the standard and therefore not be seen as “safe”.
This encouraged manufacturers and designers to realize new ideas which revolutionized the playground culture in Europe in close cooperation with certifying institutions like TÜV Süd – Germany and the insurance ompanies and lawyers.