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In the 1920s, FrankfurtMain became the center of an unprecedented program of architectural and cultural renewal that would enter the history books under the name of “New Frankfurt”. Under Lord Mayor Ludwig Landmann and his Municipal Building Councilor Ernst May, Modernism as a way of life took shape. The heart of the project was a model housing and urban development program of international significance. Architects engaged by Frankfurt City Building Department both from Germany and abroad performed pioneering work in numerous fields. The exhibition brings together the residential estates and selected buildings of Neues Frankfurt that underpin the city’s reputation as a Modernist stronghold. The exhibition is part of a joint initiative by three museums in Frankfurt — Museum Angewandte Kunst, Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), and Historisches Museum Frankfurt — as well as Forum Neues Frankfurt to mark the Bauhaus anniversary in 2019.
Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
Curator of the exhibition is Wolfgang Voigt, co-curator is Dorothea Deschermeier.
The European Architectural Photography Prize architekturbild has been awarded every two years since 1995. Since 2003, the award has been bestowed by architekturbild e.v., since 2008 in cooperation with DAM, and since 2016 with a third partner, the Bundesstiftung Baukultur. The competition focuses on the built environment and its photographic and artistic exploration, and always has a predefined motto. The theme for 2019 is “Joyful Architecture”. Normally, architecture is characterized by terms such as utility, urban contextualization, economic feasibility, sustainability, and aesthetics. But we rarely think of architecture as playful amd fun. This year’s prize invited photographers to show their views of joyful architecture — open to many interpretations.
Bangladesh’s architectural world is masala (Bengali মাসালা) — an intoxicating mixture of contrasts. In the delta region, it is not only the boundaries between land and water that are blurred. Past and present merge anew. An enduring witness to this is the architecture, as the exhibition of 60 projects by established and young Bengali architects shows. Bamboo structures from the past meet monumental walls of béton brut, while Bengali latticework ornaments (jali) originally made from brick transform into semitransparent fabric. This oscillation between local and international influences was already apparent in the modern movement in the Ganges Delta. Hence, there are significant traces of Louis I. Kahn to be detected in the oeuvre of local protagonist Muzharul Islam, which can be seen in original drawings.
An exhibition by the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum, in cooperation with the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements, Dhaka.
Photo: Iwan Baan
An exhibition of Städelschule Architecture Foundation. The Städelschule Architecture Foundation was established in 2001 by Günter Bock and supports education, arts and culture.
In the hope that Frankfurt would become the new German capital, the Paulskirche was rebuild as a potential seat for the parliament in 194748, having been severely damaged by bombing raids. Under the leadership of Rudolf Schwarz, a consciously plain space was developed to represent the admission of guilt and the democratic new beginning. In the meantime, the Paulskirche has become a ceremonial hall where nationwide debates have their origin. However, its architectural quality is seldom acknowledged.
The exhibition outlines the history of its construction and rebuilding from 1786 to today in parallel with the relevant political and s ocial trends. Numerous historical and current photos are displayed, along with design drawings from the DAM’s collection. Particular attention is paid to the renovations in the 1960s and 1980s, which were accompanied by calls for reconstruction of the church to a pre-war state. These are resurfacing today in light of the approach-ing restoration work.
A tradition in Norwegian architecture emphasizes tactile and spatial experiences and reflects the relationship between buildings and landscape.
Sensitivity to place, experimental tectonics and profound attention to detail characterize the tradition. Norwegian architecture is challenged by new dense urban development in major cities. Contemporary projects situated in different geographical parts of Norway comprise the exhibition, ranging from small infrastructure projects to a hydro power station in the mountains, individual buildings in rural and urban landscapes, and works by old masters. The selection of works has been based on the asBUILT book series. An exhibition by Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in cooperation with Guest of Honour Frankfurt Bookfair 2019 Norway, Norwegian Literature Abroad (NORLA), The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), Pax Forlag, and Buchmesse Frankfurt.
The curator is Nina Berre, B+E Curating Architecture and Urbanism.
On September 25 the winners of this year’s competition Houses of the Year will be honored; Callwey Verlag has awarded the prize together with the DAM, Informationszentrum Beton and the media partners Baumeister, AtriuIdeales Heim, n-tv and Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Prize money of EUR 10,000 is attached to the first prize, while other winners receive an award only. The results will be published in the book “Houses of the Year” and presented in the exhibition in DAM. Criteria in making a selection were a creative approach to the rural or urban environment, the spatial design of a private living space and the intelligent interplay between aesthetics, material and construction.
Between 1950 and 1980 the playground was a creative laboratory. In the cities of the Global North, innovative, insane and exciting projects emerged: Landscape architects, artists, activists and citizens wanted to provide children with the best place for play and try out a new approach to community and city at the same time. Starting with the pioneers of new playground concepts in the first half of the 20th century, The Playground Project brings the wealth of this period to life — with images, models, plans, books and numerous films, but also with playground sculptures for climbing, sliding and hiding. Everybody, be they children, parents, playground planners, teachers, architects or students, is welcome to discover the playground of yesterday and to consider those
of tomorrow. The Playground Project was curated by Gabriela Burkhalter for the Kunsthalle Zurich and updated and complemented for the DAM.