Festival architecture: RAUMLABOR

Festival Architecture by raumlaborberlin

The space station, as an extreme example for the utopian city and efficient habitable structures, is an integral part of the past century's vision of the future. This future has arrived, and the dream of the inhabited cities in outer space will remain unfulfilled for a long time to come.

The space station, as an extreme example of the utopian city and efficient habitable structures, is an integral part of the past century’s vision of the future. This future has arrived, and the dream of inhabited cities in outer space will re-main unfulfilled for a long time to come. For transmediale.10, raumlaborberlin occupies the foyer of the House of World Cultures with a research-station called the Futures Exchange. Special modules serve as workshops and communication areas designed for the occupancy of artists and visitors. As primary building materials, the doors of East German panel flats which had to yield to wrecking balls have been salvaged and re-appropriated for use. Originating from Halle-Neustadt they are a symbol for the shrinking and deconstruction of this town, which was conceived in the early 1960’s as part of a utopian vision for the post-war modernist city. The doors, representing waste and the failure of the 20th Century’s ideological struggles, now find new life as transmediale.10’s temporary space station for process-based artistic practice.

raumlaborberlin exists as working and action community for architecture and urbanism since 1999. Apart from more conventional tasks in architecture, the nine members of the collective also deal with town planning, action, design of public spaces and artistic installations.

raumlaborberlin understands the city and urban transformation as a process. An interest with the temporary dimension of construction and urban structures characterise many of their works. In their temporary projects the interest to work experimentally and process-orientated is combined with an aim to think across familiar borders using interdisciplinary teams. Understanding space, not under the aspect of separation, but of combination, is for raumlaborberlin a key element within urbanism. It opens its citizens to experimental spaces within which to manoeuvre, and allows them to react both temporally and locally in more flexible and conceptual ways. They see their own role in this process as activators and connectors. At the same time, raumlaborberlin is a process on its own and elusive to any firm definitions, reasons which feed their creative dynamism.

raumlaborberlin transmediale.10 team
Francesco Apuzzo, Andrea Hofmann, Christof Mayer, Axel Timm

raumlabor-berlin.de

Supported at transmediale.10 by Zapf Umzüge Berlin