Mobility and residential living are the main challenges facing the Frankfurt Rhine-Main metropolitan region. The prices on the housing market are rising faster than building land becomes available. The transport infrastructure is already stretched to its limits. LIVING THE REGION – RHINE-MAIN interrelates mobility and residential living – after all, the region lives of its localities being easy to reach, and the wide range of housing available. It is defined by the way places are linked with one another. The region is highly dynamic and differs fundamentally from the ideal of an idyllic landscape.
“Living the region Rhine\Main”
June 9 – October 14, 2018
Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM)
Schaumainkai 43, Frankfurt am Main
Curators of the exhibition are Christian Holl, Felix Nowak und Kai Vöckler. Mobility and housing are central challenges that the Frankfurt-Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region faces. Prices are rising faster in the housing market than land for building can be found. The transportation infrastructure is fast coming up against its limits. As the region thrives on the fact that the locations within it are well connected and accessible as well as on the diversity of different types of housing on offer, LIVING THE REGION – RHINE-MAIN relates mobility and housing to each other. The region’s landscape is defined by how these locations are interlinked. In addition, the region is also experienced by moving through it.
The region is highly dynamic and differs fundamentally from the ideal notion of idyllic countryside. The changes that are possible and the changes that are still to come must be grasped as changes that can be defined and designed. Designing the region’s future therefore also means construing it as a matter of design – in the sense of: Thinking the new, creating the new.
LIVING THE REGION – RHINE-MAIN puts forward future images of a region that grasps its challenges as an opportunity to engage and deploy new technologies, to pursue an integrated, holistic approach to urban development, to take its cue from exemplary projects from inside and outside Germany.
International studios developed scenarios that open a window on the future and whet our appetite to actively design that future. The exhibition encourages everyone to leave behind them the well-trodden paths and established routines that define our environment and are reflected in constantly growing settlements and the steady rise in the amount of surface area sealed by concrete or tarmac.
To actively design the ‘new’ means to focus on experience not ownership, on additional use options and development angles, and a form of residential life that is appropriate to conditions today and tomorrow. By creating added value in the sense of a better quality of life and freedom, personal use can be limited and shared uses. This applies to both housing and mobility in equal part. The interaction of residential and transportation spaces adds to quality of life and freedom if this new form of living together is duly designed.
Design is the key to change – being the intermediary between infrastructure, technology and the users, promoting acceptance, and invariably including careful design of the processes. Design enhances quality of life and makes people yearn for the new while also feeling at home with it.