One street

On the future of city centers based on the example of Graf-Adolf-Strasse in Düsseldorf.

Despite traffic congestion, vacancies and social problem zones, Graf-Adolf-Strasse in Düsseldorf continues to be both a living history and a future for many of the city's residents. Due to currently intensified problems, the question of its future and its social function as a living space arises here as well, exemplary for all inner cities. How will such spaces develop if not only individual business formats, but also cultural providers and institutions, social and religious institutions, and residents disappear from inner city locations? Will the segregation of urban life be forced by the pandemic and what alternatives can we offer to counter this development? Does the current situation offer the possibility to rethink the inner cities as a heterogeneous space of a complex urban society that is ecologically, economically and socially in balance?
At the same time, questions arise about urban practice: what role can civic engagement and self-responsibility, cultural participation and local knowledge play in solving the current problems? Can an obligatory ISG, as demanded by some residents of the street, promote and support such engagement? We will discuss these questions with politicians, citizens and experts at Graf-Adolf-Platz 15, high above the city, in order to develop down-to-earth concepts for the present and future of the street.

A discussion with
Clara Gerlach, mayor of the state capital Düsseldorf
Miriam Koch, Head of the Office for Migration and Integration, Düsseldorf
Mischa Kuball, artist and professor for public art, KHM Cologne
Hans-Günther Oepen, Chairman of the Board ISG Graf-Adolf-Strasse, Düsseldorf
Mario Reale, greeen! architects, Düsseldorf
Moderation: Markus Ambach, MAP, Düsseldorf

Thursday, 21.10.2021, 7.00 p.m.
Participation by registration only.
The meeting point will be announced after registration.
Registration is possible until 1 week before the event.

Click here for the event and registration.


architect Mario Reale