“Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town: Building between Dom and Römer since 1900” at DAM

At the same time as the official opening of the new old town Frankfurt the exhibition “”Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town: Building between Dom and Römer” illuminates by a walk through history the scope of the debate about (old town) reconstruction.

 

Superstudio / Adolfo Natalini mit Roy Barris, Martine Bedin, Giovanni de Carolis, Demetz & Ploner, Chris Stephens, Römerberg Projekt, 1979 © DAM, Superstudio / Adolfo Natalini

Superstudio / Adolfo Natalini mit Roy Barris, Martine Bedin, Giovanni de Carolis, Demetz & Ploner, Chris Stephens, Römerberg Projekt, 1979 © DAM, Superstudio / Adolfo Natalini

 

There is no other place in Frankfurt that boasts such a rich history in terms of architecture and its instrumentalization for identity and tradition as its old town. The exhibition Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town explores the events of the past 120 years. (more…)

“Märklin Modernism – From Architecture To Assembly Kit And Back Again” at DAM

Germans are surprisingly modern when it comes to their basement workshops – in the model railway sets of the “Miracle on the Rhine” era, architecture was more than merely a backdrop. Here the flying roof, glass dome and grid-like facade were part and parcel of the urban landscape. The exhibition will be the first to show just how enthusiastic about architecture the supposedly philistine model railway builders really were.

 

Megacity at Haus-im-Haus Photo: Moritz Bernoully

Megacity at Haus-im-Haus Photo: Moritz Bernoully

 

Everyone could afford a “Villa in the Ticino” back then – for 4.75 Deutschmarks, you could get a 1:87 scale model. This was modeled on an actual residential house on the St Gotthard Pass, which doubly inspired the Faller brothers in 1961. They had a similar villa built at the company headquarters in Gütenbach and in parallel developed an injection-molded kit of the building. Curious stories also surround the glass tower restaurant, an embattled town church and a postmodern high-rise. (more…)

“Ride a bike! Reclaim the city” exhibition at DAM

The exhibition shows what an urban development needs to look like if it is to help persuade yet more people to get on their bike in the future. Projects from all across the world make the case for gently Reclaiming the City. The focus is on selected cities such as Copenhagen, New York or Oslo – these show how the path towards a more sustainable and social city can lead via planning a bicycle-friendly one.

 

NEXT architects and rudy uytenhaak + partners: Dafne Schippers Brücke, Utrecht/Niederlande, 2017 Source: NEXT architects / Photo: Jeroen Musch

NEXT architects and rudy uytenhaak + partners: Dafne Schippers Brücke, Utrecht/Niederlande, 2017 Source: NEXT architects / Photo: Jeroen Musch

 

Designing public spaces well is a central task for urban planners and landscape architects. And they are joined on their already cramped stage by yet another agent: traffic planning. Bicycle traffic plays a central, connective role in the work done by all three and can provide the key to success. In order to maintain and improve the quality of life in the cities, where densities are increasingly rising and space used all the more intensively, more space is required on streets and squares, more green and more open spaces. (more…)

“All The World’s A Stage? Comparing European Theatres, Operas and Concert Halls” at DAM

Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in cooperation with the Department of Cultural Affairs is introducing european theatres, operas and concert halls. taking into account the discussion about the building ensemble comprising the frankfurt theatre and opera, examples of successful renovations as well as spectacular new constructions, which in some cases constitute catalysts for urban development, are being presented in order to support defining a sustainable vision for the future of the Städtische Bühnen Frankfurt.

 

Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Oslo/NO – Außenansicht Photo: Jens Passoth

Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Oslo/NO – Außenansicht Photo: Jens Passoth

 

What will the theatre houses of tomorrow look like? What shape will these central collective cultural meeting places take? It is not just the technical requirements and opportunities that are changing — the way performances are staged and what the public wants to see are also in flux. The unique ensemble that forms the Schauspiel theatre and the Opera in Frankfurt shall soon be undergoing comprehensive refurbishment — 50 years after the emblematic structure with its glass foyer first opened to the public. Courses of action currently being discussed are whether to renovate or start afresh, stay in the same spot or relocate. (more…)

SOS BRUTALISM Save the Concrete Monsters! at DAM Frankfurt

With “SOS BRUTALISM – Save the Concrete Monsters!” the DAM is presenting in collaboration with the Wüstenrot Foundation the first-ever global survey of the Brutalist architecture of the 1950s to 1970s. At the DAM, Brutalism is reexamined with unusually large-scale models and cast concrete miniatures.

 

London Borough of Camden Architect’s Department (Neave Brown): Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate, London, Great Britain, 1967–1979 Photo: Gili Merin 2017

London Borough of Camden Architect’s Department (Neave Brown): Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate, London, Great Britain, 1967–1979 Photo: Gili Merin 2017

 

For the first time Brutalist architecture of the 1950s–1970s is presented in a global survey. The term Brutalism does not come from the word “brutal”, but to “béton brut”, the French term for exposed concrete.  The exhibition features buildings from Japan, Brazil, the former Yugoslavia and Israel, as well as Great Britain, where Alison and Peter Smithson invented New Brutalism. (more…)

“Frau Architekt” Over 100 Years of Women in Architecture exhibition at DAM

The “Frau architekt” exhibition retells architectural history – from the perspective of women who for over a hundred years have been defining and designing architecture. The exhibition elucidates the topic in 22 portraits, project examples and very personal stories of women in Germany who have significantly influenced architecture or are currently shaping it.

 

Deutsche Schule Madrid, 2015 Source: Celia de Coca/Grüntuch Ernst Architekten

Deutsche Schule Madrid, 2015 Source: Celia de Coca/Grüntuch Ernst Architekten

 

Emancipation movements and in particular gender politics were driving forces in the 20th century. Women entered Modernism by conquering professions from which they had hitherto been excluded, by becoming politically active, in part taking extreme positions, and by trying out new gender relationships. The exhibition shows how 22 women encountered the massive upheaval by questioning the conventional standards of what was feminine and establishing themselves in the architectural profession. (more…)

“Grenzen / Borders” European Architectural Photography Prize 2017 at DAM

The European Architectural Photography Prize architekturbild is awarded every two years, and 2017 marks the 12th time since 1995. As always, photographers from all over the world were invited to submit in a series of four photographs their very personal interpretation of a specific topic.

 

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 1 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 1 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

 

With “Grenzen / Borders” we all immediately recall images from the summer of 2015 of the flow of refugees in front of hastily erected barbed-wire borders. And in Germany we inevitably think of the lethal border that until 1989 cut through the country. As the 2017 competition brief states, borders are physically present and clearly legible or subtly noticeable, are perceived as protection or deterrent. The works submitted take this up and in extremely different ways tell of enclosure and exclusion.


 

Practical information

“Grenzen / Borders” European Architectural Photography Prize 2017
May 6 – August 6, 2017
Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM)
Schaumainkai 43, Frankfurt am Main
Germany

 


With its specific provisions, the competition aimed from the outset to promote an artistic, photographic exploration of the built environment. A series of four images enables stories to be told; the specific topic gives direction, but also always allows great leeway. What started out as an initiative of db deutsche bauzeitung has since 2003 been continued, with a great deal of voluntary work, by architekturbild e.v., which back then had recently been founded.

 

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 3 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 3 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 4 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 4 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

 

The association is responsible for the competition, the touring exhibition, and the catalog. 2008 saw the beginning of the partnership with Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), which subsequently took over the initial presentation of the prize-winning competition entries and became the venue for the award ceremony. The cooperation agreement with Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) also included the handing over of the competition archive, which is now part of the Frankfurt institute’s collection. In 2016 the Bundesstiftung Baukultur became the third partner.

 

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 2 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 2 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

 

To date the vast majority of entries come from German-speaking countries, where the competition originated. Photographers from ten countries including Japan, Canada, and the USA took part in the 2017 competition. 133 series of images were submitted. This was less than in previous years, but the quality was consistently high.

 

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 1 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 1 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 2 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 2 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

 

Ultimately, 28 series were honored. In 2017 the jury, as always made up of members from a wide range of professions and nations, was chaired by Celina Lunsford, Artistic Director of Fotografie Forum Frankfurt. Alongside the photographic quality it particularly took into consideration the serial link between the images submitted as well as creativity with regard to the handling of the topic, whether it was interpreted in an experimental, narrative, documentary, strict, or surprising manner.

 

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 3 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 3 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 4 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 4 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

 

1st prize went to the Berlin photographer Andreas Gehrke. His series entitled “Arrival” won the jury over with its unusual visualization of one of the major problems of our time. By taking a close look at the accommodation allocated to refugees, he succeeds in revealing the alienation of the people and the impact of exclusion and homelessness.

 

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 1 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 1 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 2 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 2 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

 

Three 2nd prizes were awarded in 2017. The series “Revier” by Matthias Jung shows us boarded-up façades, which to the viewer look almost surreal. Exclusion, here too; there is no way back for the former inhabitants. The deserted ghost town will soon succumb to surface mining. In his work entitled “Stone Record”, Daniel Poller documents conversion, demolition, and new builds in a totally different way.

 

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 3 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 3 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 4 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 4 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

 

Contemporary structures are encroaching on historical architecture such that only façades remain. What is old becomes a decorative backdrop for a city that can do little to counter the laws of the real-estate market. Die im Dunklen is the title Wilhelm Schünemann gave his entry.

 

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild

 

Reflective windows and curtains prevent a view inside the offices of corporations that have opened close to the Bundestag, the German parliament, where they quietly go about their lobbying. Alexander Beck, Martin Dziuba, Philippe Grollier, Wolfram Janzer, and Sally-AnnNorman were also honored.

 

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild


 

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“Stages, banks, hangars” Frankfurt Projects by Otto Apel\ABB at DAM

Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt am Main (DAM) is devoting an exhibition to the architectural office ABB, founded in 1961 by Otto Apel, Hansgeorg Beckert and Gilbert Becker: “Stages, Banks, Aircraft Games – Frankfurter Projekte by Otto Apel / ABB Architects”.

 

ABB, Lufthansa-Wartungshalle V, Frankfurt am Main \ 1972 Foto: Ulfert Beckert

ABB, Lufthansa-Wartungshalle V, Frankfurt am Main \ 1972 Foto: Ulfert Beckert

 

Frankfurt’s buildings from the 1950s to the 1970s are shown in more than 500 historical photographs of the photographer Ulfert Beckert, brother of the architect Hannsgeorg Beckert, supplemented by new photographs by the artist Eike Laeuen. (more…)

“Making Heimat. Germany, Arrival Country” at DAM Frankfurt

The exhibition, which DAM created and curated for the German Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition 2016 – La Biennale di Venezia, will be presented on two floors at DAM, and feature updated and expanded subject matter, as well as documentation and a review of the German Pavilion in Venice.

 

Sri-Kamadchi-Ampal Temple, Hamm in Nordrhein-Westfalen Photo: © Judith Raum, 2010

Sri-Kamadchi-Ampal Temple, Hamm in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Photo: © Judith Raum, 2010

 

The exhibition responds to the fact that in 2015 the German borders were left open for around 900 000 refugees, and prompts reflection about Germany as an open immigration country. (more…)

“Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG): Hot to cold. An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation ” at DAM

The exhibition takes the visitor on a journey from the hottest to the coldest parts of our planet and explores how the designs by in Copenhagen, New York City and London based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) are shaped by their cultural and climatic contexts.

 

The Mountain; Copenhagen, Denmark \ architects: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group Photo: Iwan Baan

The Mountain; Copenhagen, Denmark \ architects: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group Photo: Iwan Baan

 

Under harsh demands of climatic extremes architecture serves primarily shading from the heat or sheltering from the cold. The milder or more temperate environments often leave more room for other factors, such as culture, program, politics and legislation to shape the buildings.  “Hot to cold” takes the visitor on a journey round the globe, exploring the elements; that finally shape our cities and buildings. (more…)