Urban Dialogues Frankfurt, September 14, 2021

"Understanding Public Space in the City"

Discussion event accompanying the sound installation "This too shall pass" by Emeka Ogboh in Frankfurt

Event recording (German)

"This too shall pass":  The three-part sound installation by Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh can be experienced in downtown Frankfurt starting 9 July. At the center of the installation is a newly composed anthem of the same name, dedicated to the city and the year 2020. As part of the accompanying program "TTSP Walks, Talks & Dark " we invite you to a two-part interdisciplinary discussions on 14 September.

The importance of public space was made particularly clear to city dwellers last year. During the lockdown, citizens responded to calls to avoid public places and crowds with physically distanced conversations and walks in the fresh air. Based on Emeka Ogboh's artistic interventions, the two-part discussion event "Understanding Public Space in the City" is dedicated to the design, use and effect of urban public space.

How, by whom and by what are public spaces defined and what changes are public spaces undergoing after the pandemic, in the wake of climate change and digitalisation? What will be the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on public space? The depth and extent of the transformation are unclear, particularly with respect to the future design, use, and perception of public space. It is possible that the COVID-19 crisis will fundamentally change our relationship to public space. Against this backdrop, we will reflect on the changing meaning of public space in two 60-minute discussion panels.

The first session, “Understanding public space”, takes a theoretical approach that reflects on the meaning and impact of public space in cities in Africa and in Germany. The second panel turns the focus to Frankfurt itself:  Urban planners and architects discuss the revitalization of a post-Corona city, especially in public space.

„Understanding Public Space in the City” 
14 September 2021, 6-8 p.m. | Römerberg 9, 60311 Frankfurt am Main 

„Understanding Public Space in the City” (German)

  • Maren Harnack, Professor and lecturer, Urban Development and Planning, Frankfurt University of Applied Science
  • Juliane von Herz, Art historian and founder of Euphoria, an organization committed to art in urban spaces
  • Martina Baum, Professor and Head of Urban Development and Planning Institute, University of Stuttgart

Moderated by Elisabeth Mansfeld, Head of the Cities programme, Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft

“Public Space - (Re)Use and Design in the Post-Corona City of Frankfurt" (German)

  • Andrea Schwappach, Architect and responsible for inner city projects, Stadtplanungsamt Frankfurt a. M. (town planning office) 
  • Stefan Forster, Architect, Stefan Forster Architekten
  • Peter Cachola Schmal, Director Deutsches Architekturmuseum

Moderated by Anna Scheuermann, architect, curator and author, Architectural Communication

More information on "this too shall pass" including the programme is available on this website.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Alexandra Hunger.