City and People

Panel with Angela Freiberg, Barbara Steffan und Oliver Elser

A global phenomenon: Urbanization is increasing worldwide.
More and more people are moving from the countryside into
the city and from smaller to larger towns. For one thing, this
»big city renaissance« enhances the popularity of the urban space – families and the elderly are once again eager to live mid-town. Then again, it leads to gentrification – rising rents, ousting of the established population. Increasingly growing cities and such over-crowded centers as Frankfurt and Offenbach are facing major challenges: How can they create social balance and ensure that all partake in growth and education? What role do »arrival districts« play for the integration of migrants? How can a peaceful, tolerant coexistence be achieved and different cultures assimilated? How do the residents of the various districts actually feel about their own living environment, and what opportunities do they need in order to play an active part in shaping it?

Discussion in german language.



Angela Freiberg is a filmmaker (graduate of HfG OF) and was awarded the Sophie von La Roche Prize in 2014. Since 2013, neighborhood manager (M.A. in social management) for the Frankfurt district of Preungesheim.

»In the residential environment, the concepts of "home" and "home" are enjoyed in their national, cultural and mental facets as everyday reality. In districts with particular civic problems, however, these urban spaces are stigmatized. Nevertheless, the people living here with their individual needs, shape their own personal experiences and relationships to their immediate surroundings.«

Barbara Steffan is a social worker and has been working for the Caritasverband Frankfurt e.V. for "Social Work in the Parish" since 2016. She is the initiator of the Luminale BETTER CITY contribution »Lights on! The Bügel - brighter than you think!«

»The Ben-Gurion-Ring has a reputation as a problem district. In the "social hotspot", however, I encountered people with a strong sense of community, who coexist peacefully and tolerantly. For me, St. Lioba is a symbol for the resources and good will of the residents to actively shape their environment.«

Oliver Elser is curator at the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt. His current exhibition is SOS Brutalismus. In 2016, he was curator of the German Pavilion at the Architecture Biennial in Venice.

»Making Heimat (Homeland) was the German Architecture Museum's contribution to the 2016 Architectural Biennial, which dealt with a new homeland for more than a million refugees and the heavy demands on "Arrival Cities". Since then, homeland has become an even fiercer term for political conflict. Right-wing radicals demonstrate under the slogan "Zukunft Heimat" (Future Homeland). The Ministry of the Interior is now called the Home Office. It is high time to bring more objectivity into the debate.«



hr-iNFO is pleased to be a partner of the Luminale 2018. The theme evenings on city and architecture, city and people and city and environment at the Instituto Cervantes will be moderated by the hr-iNFO editors Christoph Scheffer and Petra Boberg. Christoph Scheffer is an editor in the hr-iNFO cultural editorial office.



Panel Discussion

City and People

19. März 2018, 20:00 – 22:00 Uhr


Instituto Cervantes, Staufenstraße 1, 60323 Frankfurt am Main

Das Projekt wird unterstützt von

Polytechnische Gesellschaft