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The Role of Female Architects in Modernism & Today

6. May 2021 – 19:0021:00

© Profi Aesthetics

Thursday, 6 May2021, 7 pm

Only a century ago women entered architecture schools and offices. They remained a minority in the profession for a long time. Today, the percentage of female to male architecture students reached parity.

The next online discussion event of the series „Context, Contrast, Continuity” focuses on the role of the female architect in Modernism as well as today. How was a woman as architect perceived in the 1920s and 1930s? How is her role perceived today?  What triggered changes in self conception and recognition of a “woman as architect”? Which factors remain today? How did the job profile change? What is the situation of a female architect today?

Another relevant aspect for discussion is the question if female or feminine architecture exists? Should it exist? Is it in any way relevant who designs? Is the question of who decides what is being built of relevance?

Female architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky was one of the pioneers of European architects during Modernism. She is most famous for her design of the “Frankfurter Küche” even though she designed not only furniture but also houses and entire housing estates. Is it just coincidence that a woman designed the prototype for a modern, functional kitchen? Was the public perception reducing architect Schütte-Lihotzky’s achievements to only her famous kitchen? How did Schütte-Lihotzky become part of those architects around Ernst May designing the Neues Frankfurt? How did other women during that time became successful architects, not only in Frankfurt but also in Tel Aviv and worldwide? How is the situation today?

These questions will be discussed with female architects, cultural scientists, authors and curators as well as with the interested audience:

Mary Pepchinski, Co-Curator „Frau Architekt“ & Professor for Architecture (ret.)
Sigal Davidi, Architect & Architecture Historian
Marvi Mazhar, Architect
Mona Horncastle, Cultural Scientist & Author
Karin Hartmann, Architect & Author

Moderator: Sharon Golan Yaron, Programme Director Max Liebling Haus

The discussion event will be conducted in English.

Thursday, 6 May2021 – Livestream – 7 pm CET/8 pm IDT

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Following the registration via zoom you will receive a confirmation e-mail with the detailed link.

Context, Contrast, Continuity – Heritage Conservation and Urban Development

The international online debate event series “Context, Contrast, Continuity – Heritage Conservation and Urban Development” focuses on how the needs of conservation as well as development requirements can be managed in the urban context. How can historically developed urban fabrics/structures or singular buildings withstand the pressure for change from e.g. the real estate industry or housing demands? What can be done by the City’s administration, politicians and society to protect its cultural heritage? How can existing buildings be integrated into the ongoing development and possibly be adapted to the new standards of living of our era?  Researchers and professionals from Israel as well as Germany will address and discuss these and similar questions.

The international online debate event series “Context, Contrast, Continuity – Heritage Conservation and Urban Development” is a cooperation of the Liebling Haus- White City Center (Tel Aviv Yafo), the Deutsches Architekturmuseum and the ernst-may-gesellschaft (Frankfurt am Main), as well as of ICOMOS and Do.Co.Mo.Mo of Germany and Israel. It forms part of the 40th anniversary of the City Partnership Frankfurt Tel Aviv-Yafo and has been made possible by the federal sponsoring program “Nationale Projekte des Städtebaus – Aufwertung der Siedlungen des Neuen Frankfurt”


6. May 2021
19:00 – 21:00
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