Urban Green. European Landscape Architecture for the 21st Century

Deutsches Architekturmuseum
Frankfurt am Main
20 May - 22 August 2010

For several years now people everywhere have been rediscovering inner-city living. Not that this in any way means they are repressing their longing for nature: Urban solutions that satisfy the need for inner-city greenery are increasingly in demand. This, though, must comply with a complex set of aesthetic, ecological, social and economic criteria.

The exhibition in the Palmengarten showcases a 27 current examples of open space that was designed by internationally renowned landscape architects. They include works by Atelier Le Balto (Germany), Patrick Blanc (France), Breimann & Bruun (Germany), Gustafson Porter (UK), GTL Gnüchtel Triebswetter (Germany), Karres en Brands (Netherlands), Kienast Vogt Partner (Switzerland), Latz + Partner (Germany), Paolo Pejrone (Italy), Rehwaldt Landschaftsarchitekten (Germany) and Wirtz International (Belgium). What all the projects have in common is that their design involves inner-city spaces primarily being planted with greenery. The scale ranges from urban private garden to major projects such as the revitalization od river banks and green master plans for entire big cities.

The aim is to give visitors a well-founded overview of leading approaches to landscape architecture in Europe – to its positions, the materials used, and the technologies employed. The exhibition also sees itself as a committed plea for an appreciation and the conscious planning and design of green and open spaces.

Deutsches Architekturmuseum is staging the exhibition in collaboration with the Palmengarten, Frankfurt/Main.

The exhibition is under the patronage of the Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs Dr. Peter Ramsauer and the President of the German Association of Cities and Mayoress of the City of Frankfurt/Main Dr. h.c. Petra Roth.

To accompany the exhibition a catalog is published by Birkhäuser Verlag, Basle.

Images, from above:
1. Vertical Garden Caixa Forum, Madrid Patrick Blanc, 2008 © Roland Halbe / ARTUR IMAGES
2. Former airfield Bonames, Frankfurt am Main Gnüchtel Triebswetter Landschaftsarchitekten, 2002-2004. Photo © Stephan Cop, Frankfurt am Main
3. Main river walk, Frankfurt am Main Magistrat der Stadt Frankfurt Grünflächenamt in co-operation with Stadtplanungsamt, 2006. Photo Stephan Cop, Frankfurt am Main © Grünflächenamt Frankfurt am Main
4. Le Jardin Sauvage, Palais de Tokyo, Paris Atelier Le Balto, 2002. Photo © Yann Monel
5. Cultural garden Berlin, Atelier Le Balto, 2008 © Atelier Le Balto
6. Promenade Plantée and Viaduc des Arts, Paris, Philippe Mathieu, Jacques Vergely, Patrick Berger, 1996 © Apur
7. Boulevard Albert II, Brussels, Jacques Wirtz, 1992 © Wirtz International
8. Die Ausstellung im Palmengarten © Uwe Dettmar

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