Raumlabor is based in Berlin and works at the intersection of architecture, city planning, art and urban intervention, using the term urban practice for it’s hybrid way of working. Raumlabor are Francesco Apuzzo, Markus Bader, Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius, Frauke Gerstenberg, Andrea Hofmann, Jan Liesegang, Axel Timm, Christof Mayer, Florian Stirnemann, Matthias Rick († 2012), coming from an architectural background.
Raumlabor address in their work the city and urban renewal as a process. They are attracted to difficult urban situations, torn between different systems, time periods or planning ideologies and/or struggling to adapt. These are Raumlabor's laboratories. Such sites offer potentials which they try to reframe and activate. This opens new perspectives for alternative usage patterns, collective ideals, urban diversity and difference. Raumlaborberlin also works in the field of urban interventions. It transforms urban spaces into something completely different, far from all expectations and visions.
Raumlabor moves programmatic narratives into urban spaces, install new atmospheres and create a sense of new potentials. Through the participation of local actors, in cooperation with experts from all creative disciplines, new fields of action are discovered, tested, and projected into the future. Examples of these works are: the dynamic masterplan for Temeplhof Airfield, based on civic engagement and cooperative city-making (2007-08), the “Fountain House”, a utopian prototype for urban infrastructures realised in Montréal in 2014, Canada as well as “Happy Plurality” (2018), which is part of the exhibition.
The raumlabor team for Hacking Urban Furniture / Happy Plurality: Markus Bader, Andrea Hofmann with Jonas Klaassen, Timo Luitz and Alexa Szekeres
Andrea Hofmann, Axel Timm, Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius, Christof Mayer, Florian Stirnemann, Francesco Apuzzo, Frauke Gerstenberg, Jan Liesegang, Markus Bader, Matthias Rick († 28.04.2012)