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Aktion Deinufer: Your ideas for the car-free northern bank of the Main

26.06.2020 | 16:50 Clock | City whispering
Aktion Deinufer: Your ideas for the car-free northern bank of the Main

For some it's a pleasure, for others it's an absolute nuisance, especially from a traffic point of view: the closure of the northern bank of the Main. The trial phase will end this summer, something that commuters and local residents in particular, who are affected by the traffic situation on the Sachsenhausen side, which has been aggravated by the closure, have been longing for for months. On the other hand, there are also clear demands to close the Mainkai permanently to traffic. Certainly, a car-free Mainkai has its advantages. However, these have hardly been used in the course of the past few months - and not only because of the corona effect.

The question still arises, of course, as to what potential the northern bank of the Main would have if it were to be permanently closed. And this is exactly where your ideas come into play: because in order to enrich the ongoing political debate on how to proceed with usage and design ideas from Frankfurt's citizens, the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) is leading the project with the initiators Crossboundaries and Yuciyu as well as the Heussenstamm.Foundation and supported by the planning department, the "Deinufer" campaign is being carried out by the DAM.

planning department head Mike Josef explains the campaign: "For me, a redesigned bank of the Main is the logical further development of the old town. If we take out the car traffic, we can create a new public space on the Mainkai that will enrich the entire city centre. The action ‚Deinufer' is a concrete platform to talk about how the Mainufer could look like in the future. Many major European cities are following a similar path as we are. Those who talk about car-free or car-poor inner cities must also show what they mean by this. The call for overall transport plans does not take away from the decision to formulate concrete objectives and to implement them. We need impulse projects that can be experienced in concrete terms and show what is possible. The northern bank of the Main demonstrates this."

Andrea Jürges, Deputy Director of the DAM, adds: "We at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum are delighted to be able to carry out the 'Ampersand' campaign together with the initiators Crossboundaries and Yuciyu, the Heussenstamm.Stiftung and the planning department. We hope that the handicraft sheet will inspire many to take part, so that we can show and award a great variety of ideas, first at the Heussenstamm.Stiftung in Braubachstraße - with a view of the banks of the Main - and later in autumn at our place.

Antje Voigt from Crossboundaries and Petra Schröder from Yuciyu say: "The bank of the Main has the value that Frankfurters give it as an urban space. ‚Deinufer' should help to sound out this appreciation against the background of changing functional demands. The development of a concrete concept for use and design is a demanding process, which is characterized by different interests. In this context, the project ‚Deinufer' opens up a space for ideas and enables a wide range of contributions to the discussion.

A handicraft sheet for a model of the Main riverbank and a local action serve as a starting point for citizens' own ideas. The craft sheet in A2 format can be folded into a model with the simplest of means; but it can also serve as a flat basis for sketches of ideas.

The craft sheet is used on site at workshops, in the DAM, in the Heussenstamm.Foundation and in the Historical Museum as well as online as a download available. It can be designed by anyone interested - independent of workshops - and submitted to the DAM by 1 September.

On Saturday, 27 June, the campaign will start on site on the northern bank of the Main: several large-format "Deinufer" (Your Banks) invite you to design on the Mainkai next to the Eiserner Steg. With chalk (provided on site), everyone is welcome to paint their ideas on site (from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.). The results will be documented on site and will be part of the exhibitions at the Heussenstamm.foundation from 28 June to 13 July and in autumn at the DAM.

A competition will be held among the submitted contributions, the first prize will be the newly developed DAM bird house. The DAM Bird House will be produced for the upcoming exhibition "Einfach Grün" (Simply Green), which opens at the DAM in November.

On further dates, citizens can contribute their ideas at workshops in the Heussenstamm (28 June, 5 July, 12 July, each from 2 to 6 pm). First ideas will also be exhibited there until 13 July. The painting action at Mainkai as well as all workshops in the Heussenstamm.foundation are free of charge. A selection of the submitted ideas will be on display in autumn in the Deutsches Architekturmuseum.

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