The 1929 conference of the Congrès International d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM) focused international attention on Frankfurt’s ambitious housing program and on international attempts to define the minimum habitable dwelling. This poster advertised an exhibition of plans that addressed the conference theme, submitted by modernist delegates from many different countries, all drawn to the same scale. Ernst May’s minimalist floor plan for houses on Frankfurt’s Praunheim estate, which included the standardized, built–in features of a tiny kitchen designed by Grete Schütte–Lihotzky, was selected as an outstanding example.
Gallery label from How Should We Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior, October 1, 2016–April 23, 2017.