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Name Frankfurt am Main River Area
Location Frankfurt am Main
Country Germany
Authors S. Pio Brown Staikidis
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Short Introduction to the Area of Study

Frankfurt is an international, dynamic and financial city with the highest towering skyscrapers silhouette of Germany, in whose streets the plurality of languages is something natural, famous for the Main River, which is the heart of the city.

The case study area extends from the historical bridge, called Eiserner Steg, to the surroundings of the old Großmarkthalle, place where the new Frankfurt Hafen park, proposed by Sinai Faust Schroll Schwarz Landscape Architects, and landscape areas of the Skytower house of the new European Central Bank, proposed by Vogt Landscape architects are being developed.

The banks of the river are the meeting place of the city, serving as a green space surrounded by museums, historical buildings and parks. It is characterized by its system of circulation, with interconnecting walkways, recreational facilities and open spaces full of contrasts, binding the modern with the traditional, the urban and the rustic associated with the life of the city, becoming an international oasis of culture, history, and landscape development.

Exercise 1: Sketching the Landscape

Time frame: October 25 - November 15, 2011

Student activities:

  • Creation of analytical drawings and sketches
  • Presentation of results

Please upload a selection of your drawings/sketches/mental maps and add them to the image gallery

Sketches and Drawings

Exercise 2: Landscape Layers


Frankfurt History

• 794 is the first time the royal estate of "Franconovurd" was mention.

• 1152 Frederick I. is elected German king.

• 1478 Frankfurt Fair (messe). The city is developing in the following decades to one of the most important commercial centers in Germany.

• 1585 -At the end of the Middle Ages, Frankfurt was one of the richest and most powerful commercial centers in central Germany.

• 1866 Frankfurt was annexed by the Prussians. In 1880, the Old Opera House was inaugurated.

• 1884 the first electric tram in the world was put into operation. This was in service between the Old Bridge in Frankfurt and Offenbach am Main.

• Four years later, in 1888, the main railway station, Europe's largest railway station was opened

• 1891-1912 Under Mayor Franz Adickes, Frankfurt developed into a modern industrial and commercial city.

• 1910 is the incorporation of the entire district of Frankfurt.

• 1925-1930 at the instigation of the Mayor Ludwig Landmann to Frankfurt appointed Ernst May as city architect 1925-1930 many new settlements and thus creates the "New Frankfurt".

• In 1926, the Frankfurt airport was open.

• In 1930, the station district, the union hall built as the first skyscraper in the city.

• 1933 After the local elections in March 1933, the Nazis era started

• 1943/44 downtown and old town of Frankfurt by air attacks destroyed almost completely. March 1945 U.S. troops occupy the city.

• On 18 May 1948 find in the rebuilt St. Paul's Church to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the German National Assembly.

• 1949 Frankfurt is Germany's capital almost came within a few votes.

• 1963 John F. Kennedy visited Germany and speaking on 25 June in St. Paul's Church.

• 1968 begins with the opening of the first subway line, the realization of a new transportation concept.

• 1984 begins the expansion of the museum embankment, which blossomed in subsequent years to the arts and cultural district of the city.

• 1988 Messeturm with Hammering person as a new symbol of the economic power of the metropolis since 1988 characterizes the 256 meter high tower, the fair city of Frankfurt.

• 1995In Euro Tower, the former BfG Tower, 1995 provided by the European Monetary Institute, forerunner of today's European Central Bank,

• 1997, the Commerzbank Tower, completed with 258m Europe's tallest office tower. Other "Skycraper" (Main Tower, Trianon, Main Plaza, Gallileo) follow.

• 1998 the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) given to Frankfurt.

• 2000 "Urbanity" is the buzzword of the new millennium.



Study Area Biography


• 19th Century was a sloping area and storage yard for lumber.

• 1859 a railway line was opened there.

• 1908, were used as shipyard for bulk materials.

• 1940With the decline of the industrial use of the gray harbor landscape transformed into a habitat of rare plants.

• 1986 decided the city council, the industrial wasteland into a public green area between the Main and the new residential area in Ostend remodel



Historic plans showing the evolution of Frankfurt City




Images Frankfurt City between 796 - 2011



Landscape Layers





Please publish your findings here

Exercise 3: Behaviour Patterns

Time frame: December 6 - 20, 2011

  • How do people behave in this area? How do they use the space? What is important for them?
  • Observation of study area, interviews with local people and mapping of use patterns.
  • Preparation of short presentation

Please publish your findings here

Exercise 4: Communication Concepts

Time frame: December 19, 2011 - January 17, 2012

  • Based on the different landscape assessment approaches students will develop a communication concept for their area of study
  • Which measures would be necessary for enhancing the awareness for the area?
  • Students are free to choose their method.


Frankfurt am Man "Green Battle"


'What better than a party to communicate our study area?'


'What better than a party to celebrate the vegetation in the cities!?'


In the battle participants throw green balls of green clay to each other to end completely covered with this mixture together with the field of battle. This green clay is actually a mixture of seeds and substrate after the battle the seeds accumulated in the ground of the battlefield to bring out a garden, this garden will evolve new types of plant species more resistant and less water needs.



Using the media to communicate the activity.


The person will have to register for free in the activity web page to be part of the Green Battle, this website provide information of the importance of the activity, and general information of the area where the battle is going to be handle, furthermore the web provide information about the history of the area.


The green battle would have a Facebook page, where the people could write their opinions of how to improve the activity, make new friends, groups, teams, and much more.


The field of battle.

In the area are located a target number of trees that serve as barriers for protection against the release of green mud balls on which participants can practice their aim.


The rules

The battle consist to launched green clay in the field of battle for a future garden. However, in order to make sense of the party, some rules are implemented to make the battle more complex:

-Participants should be grouped into teams.

-Each team can choose a type of plant to be representative of the group (team) in the garden.

-Each team can build an object (idol) that will lead into battle. This idol will be objective of bombardment by other teams. . The idol could have the characteristics of a giant, person or, puppet made of a porous material to retain the balls accumulated on it. These objet will become part of the garden

The result.

The green Battle generates a future garden. The garden plants grow with the teams chosen plants.

The party may be changing every year creating green spaces in lots and wasteland, can also be repeated in the same place if annual plants are used. The green battle can become a festival with international repercussions.

'So who would not like a battle like this?



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References

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* Please add internet links to other resources if necessary.

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Landschaften im Osten Frankfurt

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