German Werkbund Hessen

German Werkbund Hessen

The German Werkbund (Work Alliance) was founded in 1907 by 12 artists - including Peter Behrens, Josef Hoffmann, Josef Olbrich, Richard Riemerschmied - and 12 companies - two of which were Deutsche Werkstätten and Klingspor Type Foundry. Similar organizations were set up at the same time in Austria and Switzerland. Personalities who have worked with and stamped the image of the Werkbund are Hermann Muthesius, Henry van der Velde, Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Bruno Taut, Wilhelm Wagenfeld, Theodor Heuss, Egon Eiermann, Max Taut, Gerhard Marcks, Hans Scharouns and many others.

The Werkbund is committed to the responsible use of our environment. This covers the interlinked assignments of regional and city planning, architecture, design, media structure, landscape architecture, art and monument protection. Today's vehemently demanded sustainability, meaning environment-responsible action, incorporates fundamentals to which the Werkbund has always been committed. The Werkbund regards sustainability as a category extending beyond ecological understanding: social, political and cultural considerations have no less importance in planning and design concepts.

High aesthetic quality combined with high utility value and social compatibility are only feasible with these disciplines when planners and designers find the support of partners with similar convictions in business, science, administration, politics and the media.

The Werkbund is not a professional but a programmatic alliance of persons from these disciplines, who were nominated as members due to their involvement with environment planning and design. The principle of critical plurality applies.

Furnished with such many-sided viewpoints the Werkbund promotes its ideas, criticism and proposals by forums, lectures and exhibitions, excursions and city tours, opinion-forming and intervention in politics, administration and the public.

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Deutscher Werkbund Hessen e.V.
Weckmarkt 5
60311 Frankfurt am Main
Phone +49 (0) 69 28 55 80