Roman city and northwest city

Ideal cities for the ideal man - 'model settlements' in comparison
Foto: (c) Philipp Meuser

A tour for Frankfurt and visitors who are interested in the complexity of historical city planning.

Affordable comfortable apartments in the countryside near the city - it sounds like egg wool woolly milk. The ambitious goal of the "New Frankfurt" in the twenties was to grow a new (better) generation of humans. In the sixties, the ideal living environment was to be created through the separation of function and traffic routes with living in the countryside. The expectations attached to the plans, the disappointments that have arisen, can be studied today - together? 511

The tour moves in the urban triangle - Nida, Römerstadt and Nordweststadt. Nida is the name of the real "Roman city", like all cities of this period, a planned city. Information boards inform about Nida today. It never seems to have been there today, as the archaeological traces were removed in favor of low-cost housing in the modern "Roman city". It was built in the twenties under the direction of the Frankfurt City Councilor Ernst May. A house was reconstructed by the Ernst-May-Gesellschaft eV as a model house and can be visited.

In the neighborhood is the planned after the ideals of the 1960s »Northwest city«, with way (pedestrians and cars) and separation of functions (living, working, leisure). In the middle is the compressed northwest center with shopping, offices, parking garage, and a central bus station at a subway station. Radial paths lead into the surrounding, in a parkland residential areas, near the northwest center mostly skyscrapers, more distant blocks of flats and terraced houses.

project selection

Roman town

  • Residential development (Ernst May)
  • Geschwister Scholl School (Martin Elsässer, extension: Behnisch & Partner)


  • Overall concept Schwagenscheidt, Sittmann and Apel, Beckert, Becker
  • Renovation JSK Architects