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Architects’ Workshop – Living the Region. FrankfurtRheinMain

Five scenarios for the region. Five international architectural firms address the new forms of personal transport and homes and the way in which they integrate into real-life scenarios on a regional level.

Exhibition in the DAM, Summer 2018
The exhibition in the German Museum of Architecture in Summer 2018, ventures to look into the future of our region, in ways that reinterpret afresh the prospects for temporal and spatial development. A presentation of the current starting position leads to possible perspectives and images of the future of the region. The exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive programme of events, which pick up on aspects of the content and examine them in greater depth.

Hypermotion Frankfurt 2017 – Workshop
DAM – German Museum of Architecture, Frankfurt – Summer exhibition 2018

Architekten Workshop – Living the Region. FrankfurtRheinMain

Transport and homes – these are the two central challenges facing the Frankfurt metropolis and its surrounding Rhine-Main region. The exhibition, entitled ‘Living the Region’ relates these two topics to one another and provides possible scenarios and development perspectives.

A central feature of the exhibition is the creation of five scenarios for future development, which devise new and forward-looking perspectives on the design and planning of transport infrastructure, of natural and residential spaces and of procedures and processes for their utilisation, based on the concrete example of a specific area.

Transport is central to the notion of networked regions. The scenarios of changed behaviour patterns in personal travel and possible new facilities demonstrate how new qualities of both urban spaces and countryside can emerge. Digital availability makes environmentally friendly forms of personal transport increasingly attractive (intermodal and multimodal travel). It is a question of grasping the opportunities offered by new transport concepts (shared transport, electric vehicles) and to promote their realisation and implementation. Travel is not reduced simply to the functional aim of getting from A to B, but becomes, instead, an experience that can awaken and enhance perceptions of a region and its qualities.

In an international context, the linking of transport and housing at regional level is already part of the strategies and discussions that are involved in the planning process. The architectural firms selected to devise ideas for the future of the metropolitan Rhine-Main region around Frankfurt will already have experience of providing solutions to comparable challenges. The intention is to have five firms participating in the workshop.

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The partners of the project include, amongst others: Offenbach University of Art and Design (HfG), Darmstadt Technical University, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (UAS), Rhein-Main University, Darmstadt Institute for Housing and the Environment (IWU), Federation of German Architects in the State of Hesse (BDA Hessen), Chamber of Architects and Town Planners for the State of Hesse, FrankfurtRheinMain Regional Association, FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH.
Curators: Christian Holl, Felix Nowak, Kai Vöckler

Building Culture Workshop: ‘Infrastructure.Innovation.Building Culture’
20 / 21 November 2017 in Frankfurt am Main

Layout: Heimann + Schwantes for the Bundesstiftung Baukultur
Layout: Heimann + Schwantes for the Bundesstiftung Baukultur

An efficient transport infrastructure provides the basis for travel, production and logistics. Its design and functionality impact on the quality of life in both town and countryside. To maintain, restructure and extend the transport networks will require billions to be spent. Large infrastructure projects are the subject of broad socio-political discussions and, against the background of impending changes to personal transport, there is ever greater focus on the quality of their design and processes.

Roads, bridges and rail tracks will remain the essential structural elements and will continue to dominate in both countryside and residential areas. In terms of the major player – the railways – the implications for planning and design range from maintenance, extension of the rail network and technical works to stations, which are becoming ever more complex constructions for travel, trade and rendezvous. The design and realisation of stations can provide a stimulus for urban expansion zones and thus make a crucial contribution to a city’s long-term sustainability. What role, therefore, can and should building culture play in the planning and realisation of infrastructure projects?

Photo:  Till Budde for the Bundesstiftung Baukultur
Photo: Till Budde for the Bundesstiftung Baukultur

It is with this question in mind that the German Building Culture Foundation, together with German Railways (DB Netz AG) and in cooperation with the Federal German Foundation for the Environment, invited people to the Building Culture Workshop in Frankfurt am Main, which was to be held as part of the new trade fair for transport and logistics, ‘Hypermotion’.  

The speakers presented examples of successful projects and discussed, directly with the participants, the processes and approaches involved in the various solutions. Workshops on building culture are the main event format used by the German Building Culture Foundation. The ideas and perspectives that come from them flow into the Building Culture Report, which acts as a formal statement of the current state of play and, above all, formulates recommendations for action for political decision makers. The Building Culture Report for 2018/19  is devoted to the topic “Heritage.Status-Quo.Future“.

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