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How do the people live?
Touring the Ernst May Housing Estates with the CityLab

CityLab Exhibition
15 May - 13 October 2019

Some 15,000 new housing units were built in Frankfurt between 1925 and 1930. This major urban planning programme was part of “New Frankfurt”, which assembled specialists in the fields of art, culture, politics, architecture and urban planning to design a modern metropolis on an interdisciplinary basis. Their plans took many areas of life into account.

This CityLab exhibition concentrates on the urban planning programme and asks what life in the New Frankfurt housing estates
is like today. It gives residents a voice and provides insights into their everyday lives. Its themes range from the structural alteration of flats and houses and the renaming of streets to current housing supply issues. The show is the result of a participatory process that began in the spring of 2018. Objects from the collection of the Historisches Museum supplement the participants’ contributions.

The exhibition architecture takes its orientation from several standard New Frankfurt floor plans: flat types EFATE, ZWOFADOLEI, MEFAGANG and MEFA as well as a garden hut accommodate four thematic sections devoted to the question:
How do the people live?

The exhibition is part of a collaborative exhibition project together with the Museum Angewandte Kunst and the Deutsches Architekturmuseum – also with the newly founded Forum Neues Frankfurt on the occasion of  the Bauhaus jubilee 2019.

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