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Das Foto zeigt das Modell der
Modell der "Ewigen Baustelle". CC-BY-SA: HMF, Foto: Thijs Wolzak
Das Foto zeigt Abrissbagger, die den Museumsbau von 1971 abtragen.
Abriss des Historischen Museums ("Betonbau") im Jahr 2011. CC-BY-SA 4.0: Foto: Susanne Gesser
Das Foto zeigt das Modell der Das Foto zeigt Abrissbagger, die den Museumsbau von 1971 abtragen.

Frankfurt = the eternal construction site?!

In no other German city is there construction activity comparable to that in Frankfurt since the destruction of the Second World War. Daniel Verkerk’s model shows a city stuck in eternal restoration.

The cityscape of Frankfurt is characterised by constant reconstruction: There are always several concurrent large-scale construction sites with towering cranes, both in the heart of the city and on the periphery. The cityscape is primarily characterised by cranes. Older buildings stand as islands in the urban space – only fragments have survived from earlier centuries. There are continually large new-build projects to reconstruct historical buildings in Frankfurt, such as the “new Old Town, which is currently being built around the cathedral.

The city offers extreme contrasts: large and small, old and new, decayed and polished. A cosy neighbourhood and tough global city are right next to each other. An immense daily flux of commuters counteracts the impression of “cosiness”, and so the feeling of “uncosiness” increases. In Frankfurt, daily life takes place in a small area. In 1965, psychologist Alexander Mitscherlich described the “inhospitality of our cities”, which was directed at Frankfurt.