On the occasion of his 70th birthday, Christoph Mäckler answers questions from Dr. Matthias Alexander (Editor Feuilleton F.A.Z.).

Interview from: April 29, 2021

The well-known Frankfurt architect and urban planner Prof. Christoph Mäckler (OpernTurm, Tower 185, Terminal 3, …) answers our readers’ questions in around 2 minutes. The full text interview:… The architect Christoph Mäckler and his architectural office MÄCKLERARCHITEKTEN have shaped the cityscape of Frankfurt am Main like hardly any other architect. His designs in the Main metropolis include the German Romantic Museum, the Goethestrasse 34 commercial building on Opernplatz, the inner-city densification of living at the cathedral and the redesign of the Old Bridge with the Portikus art gallery. Christoph Mäckler has also made numerous designs for high-rise buildings, such as the OpernTurm and Tower 185. His office is currently also implementing the design for Terminal 3 at Frankfurt Airport. As director of the German Institute for Urban Architecture, he is an advisor to numerous cities. As chairman of the DomRömer design advisory board, Mr. Mäckler also played a key role in shaping the New Frankfurt Old Town. Reason enough to talk to the architect about his love for Frankfurt and new districts, but especially with regard to the constantly rising real estate prices and the effects of the corona crisis. 

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The 15th BDA Conference in Halle (Saale) called upon architects to take part in the discussion. The BDA position paper on rural and urban architecture that considers its effect on the climate specifies the various approaches and standpoints presented during the conference.

Published on 7 June 2019

By rebuilding the town hall’s tower, Frankfurt will regain a piece of its historic skyline. The non-profit organisation Neue Brückenbauverein e.V. initiated and continues to support this project.

“Under its motto of ‘We need a hat on top’, this organisation presents fundraising activities for rebuilding the top of the tower known as ‘Lange Franz’. Appropriately, the accompanying informative leaflets and the website of this organisation feature a hat – and show that many citizens of Frankfurt have already supported this unique project.

Published on 4 June 2019

Aufbruch Stuttgart e.V. – the independent citizens’ initiative for the city of the future – is hoping to achieve a city that, at the moment, we can only dream of. Initiated by this non-profit body, five internationally renowned teams of architects came together for an ideas workshop in Stuttgart’s “Haus der Architekten” on 2–4 November 2018. Their task was to develop ideas for a forward-looking redesign of the so-called cultural district around the B14 trunk road.

Published on 26 February 2019

The annual Aachen conference on the identity of architecture invited participants to discuss the subject “Function” on 24/25 January 2019. Representatives from the international architectural scene travelled to RWTH Aachen University to discuss the term “Function” with its multifaceted interpretations in the sense of architecture and the city.

Published on 9 May 2019

14 June 2017: Thick plumes of smoke in the sky above London. Grenfell Tower in flames. More than 70 people lost their lives on that fateful night. How could this catastrophe happen?

Published on 7 June 2018

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The annual Aachen conference on the identity of architecture invited participants to discuss the subject “Place” on 26/27 January 2017. Representatives from the international architectural scene travelled to RWTH Aachen University to discuss this topic, which is one of the fundamental factors influencing the design and construction of architecture and the city.

Published on 16 March 2018

The 11th “North Rhine-Westphalia Architecture Quartet” discussed the topic “Places of Encounter” in Cologne’s Balloni Halls on 29 November. An audience of 350 listened to an intensive, often controversial, debate between Prof. Christl Drey (architect/urban planner, Chair of “Haus der Architektur”, Cologne), Prof. Christoph Mäckler (architect, Frankfurt am Main), Max Moor (actor, presenter of TV arts show “titel, thesen, temperamente”) and Dr. Christine Vogt (Director of Ludwig Gallery, Oberhausen Palace). The four participants looked at the following “places of encounter” in more detail: the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr concert hall in Bochum by Bez + Kock Architekten (Stuttgart), the new Düsseldorf University campus by Nickl & Partner Architekten (Munich) and the DITIB central mosque in Cologne by Paul Böhm Architekten (Cologne).

Published on 19 December 2017