Dr. Mareike Hennig
Cities are facing challenges: the number of residents is growing, there is a lack of housing and pressure to exploit the land. Not only world views, but cityscapes are likewise changing at a rapid pace. Under these circumstances, is aesthetics in the public space a luxury we cannot afford? How do architecture and urban planning respond to rapid growth and the quest for efficiency? What makes a city beautiful and liveable today? What does romanticism mean in today's city? Is it a matter of "beautiful and old" versus "modern and ugly"?
Or picturesque cityscapes versus avant-garde architecture? What is behind the widespread longing for the "old" city - is it a matter of nostalgic visions or a collective longing for identity? How do the places of longing look to a young generation? Are analogue encounters the new luxury in smart cities and is sustainability the new romanticism?
Overview of all events of the theme day on 14.03.20: Digital Romantic
Michael Guntersdorf is an architect. For more than four decades he has been developing and realizing major projects in Frankfurt, such as the Merton district, the Westhafen and, most recently, the new Old Town. In addition to the requirement for economic efficiency, the focus is always on matters of architecture and urban development. As Head of the Staff Unit Future of the City Stages, Michael Guntersdorf is currently entrusted with creating the foundations for securing the future of the Opera and the Schauspiel (municipal theatre company).
Dr. Mareike Hennig is Director of the Goethe House and the art collection of the Freie Deutschen Hochstift (Goethe-Museum), one of the oldest cultural institutes in Germany and a non-profit research institution. She is currently planning the German Romantik-Museum, which will open in 2021.
Nikolaus Hirsch is the architect of award-winning buildings such as the synagogue in Dresden (Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch), curator (including housing issues at the HKW, House of World Cultures, in Berlin and the Gwangju Biennale in Korea), as well as founder and editor of e-flux architecture. Nikolaus Hirsch is currently working with Arno Brandlhuber, Olaf Grawert and Christopher Roth as "Team 2038" on the German pavillion for the 17th Architecture Biennale 2020 in Venice.