More than any other German city, Frankfurt am Main – also known as Mainhattan in reference to New York’s most famous borough – is defined by its skyline. The origins of this development go back to 1945, since it was after the Second World War that Germany’s major banks shifted their headquarters from occupied Berlin to Frankfurt. Today the buildings serve, among other things, for representation in the public sphere; each new building has to be higher, more impressive, and more record-breaking than the last, so it’s not unusual for the structures to be torn down again after just a few decades. Art historian and architect Dr. Hauke Horn is studying this thematic complex, and, with the help of the Frankfurt skyline, attempting to understand the role of architecture as a visual medium.
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Gisela Graichen and Peter Prestel
Dr. Dr. -Ing. Hauke Horn