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Wishes, Warnings, and Forecasts:
What Will Happen to Frankfurt?

Interview with Architect and Urban Planner Prof. Christoph Mäckler

The architect Christoph Mäckler and his architectural office MÄCKLERARCHITEKTEN have shaped the cityscape of Frankfurt like hardly any other architect. His more recent designs in the German metropolis include the German Romantic Museum, the commercial building Goethestrasse 34 at Opernplatz, inner-city densification 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 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 (Deutsches Institut für Stadtbaukunst), he is an advisor to numerous cities. As chairman of the DomRömer design advisory board (in German Gestaltungsbeirat), 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 deeply needed new districts, especially in regards to the constantly rising real estate prices and the effects of the corona crisis.

Christoph Mäckler - architect from Frankfurt - photographed by Thorsten Jansen

Prof. Christoph Mäckler – photographed by Thorsten Jansen

Your Proposed Questions:

The readers of SKYLINE ATLAS could propose interview questions until October 12, 2020.

The deadline for submitting questions has passed. Thank you for your participation. The interview with Prof. Mäckler took place at the end of October 2020. The publication is planned for November 2020.

Christoph Mäckler - photographed by Rainer Taepper

Prof. Christoph Mäckler – photographed by Rainer Taepper

Christoph H. Mäckler is an architect and urban planner in Frankfurt. His office MÄCKLERARCHITEKTEN is implementing architectural designs in several cities throughout Germany. Christoph Mäckler often takes part in discussions on the architectural and planning design of cities. In addition, since 1998 he has been teaching as a professor at the Technical University of Dortmund at the chair for urban planning.

Christoph Mäckler studied architecture in Darmstadt and Aachen between 1972 and 1980. In addition, from 1976 to 1978 he worked in the offices of Gottfried Böhm and O. M. Ungers. After completing his studies, he opened his own office in Frankfurt in 1981. Here he developed urban planning concepts and designed administrative and residential buildings. In addition to his practical work, he taught as a guest lecturer in Kassel and Braunschweig.

In January 2006, together with other citizens, he founded Neuer Brückenbauverein Frankfurt am Main e. V. in order to support historical reconstructions of the city’s building history in the future through private fundraising. Furthermore, in 2008 he founded the German Institute for Urban Architecture (DIS), which critically examines the cityscapes of the (especially German) post-war period and modernist architecture.