Historic Architects
> Herman Sörgel

Herman Sörgel was born 2 April 1885 in Regensburg, Germany. Just after the turn of the century, Sörgel began studying architecture in Munich. He submitted his doctoral thesis in 1908, but it was rejected. Five years later he turned in a fantastically similar paper. This time it was accepted, and so well received that Sörgel successfully expanded it into a book. He was working as an architect and journalist in 1914 when World War I broke out across Europe. His country engaged in hostilities, but Sörgel professed himself a pacifist and did not participate. In 1927 Sörgel first published the plan he called Panropa. Two years later a more detailed version was unveiled was called Atlantropa.