Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main
– 5 June 2019
Until the beginning of June, the Deutsches Architekturmuseumin Frankfurt/Main will offer a monthly discussion forum on topics concerning the city, especially Frankfurt. A short lecture and a subsequent guided tour through the current exhibition will form the basis for discussion. Visitors can stroll through the exhibition independently afterwards.
The first event on 6 March 2019: “Was Frankfurt zum Atmen braucht” (What Frankfurt needs to breathe), will be devoted to the thorny subject of the city and air. Torsten Becker, city planner and chairman of the urban development advisory board, will look at issues relating to urban air quality on the basis of the history of urban development from Vitruv to Archigram, and will conclude by looking at a current project in Frankfurt: the Günthersburghöfe. It will illustrate how building structures, green spaces, and mobility concepts can influence a city’s climate and presents solutions for the city of Frankfurt in a number of aspects.
On 3 April, the architectural historian Wolfgang Voigt, curator of the exhibition “Neuer Mensch, neue Wohnung” (New Man, New Apartment), will talk about the city and the new man, tracing Frankfurt’s path to modernity. Like Bauhaus designers, the designers and builders of the new housing estates of New Frankfurt saw themselves as legitimate educators forging good models for living.
On 15 May, city guide and author Christian Setzepfandt will give an overview of Frankfurt’s historical and current trade fair activities. Located at the crossroads of important trade routes, the first trade fairs developed in Frankfurt in the early Middle Ages, making the Frankfurt trade fair one of the oldest in the world. Architecturally, the historical significance of the fair in the new old town was taken up by the reconstruction of four fair sites. The current model of the fair ground is shaped by the designs of architects such as Oswald Mathias Ungers, Helmut Jahn and Nicholas Grimshaw.
The forum on 5 June, takes a look at the city from a literary critic’s perspective: Beate Tröger will talk about the role of authors in the historiography of the city. What images do they evoke in their novels and poems? What narratives do they reproduce? What difference do fiction and documentation make?
The events start at 7 pm and the museum is open until 9 pm as part of this programme.