Raumlaborberlin was founded in the late nineties by architects Markus Bader, Jan Liesegang, Christof Mayer and Andrea Hofmann, from the shared ideal to make public spaces not only more user-friendly, but also more humane. With an interest in the utopian vision of the sixties and seventies, they focus on projects that can benefit society and improve the quality of life.
Today, the Berlin collective has eight partners and a series of freelance collaborators working at the intersection of architecture and spatial planning. All interventions are based on an analysis of the environment and the needs of its users. How can an urban space add value to the community? How can existing 'forgotten' spaces be made interesting again? To formulate an answer to this question, raumlabor consults the local community. Together with the users and a team of interdisciplinary designers, they form a collective that analyzes the site and actively experiments with it. This participative approach leads to a dynamic that makes the most of each project. Some examples are Allmänna Badet, a sauna located in the middle of a former industrial port in Gothenburg or the mobile inflatable structure Das Küchenmonument (Berlin), which in no time creates a new public space in the city.
Since September, the office has also been working in our country. For Triënnale Brugge 2018 | Liquid City — Vloeibare Stad, they are working on a project in the historic center of the city: House of Time; a site that is reprogrammed and activated to form a meeting and production site by and for young people. Raumlabor wants to break with individualism and let local youth find a solution to their social and societal problems, through art and architecture.
On 17 April, A + Architecture in Belgium, BOZAR and Triënnale Brugge invite raumlabor for a lecture at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. Jan Liesegang will speak about their vision on architecture; architecture as a means of searching for a city full of possibilities, the city of the future.
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— Lecture – Jan Liesegang (raumlabor)
Centre for Fine Arts – Hall M, Brussels
Ticket €8 | €5 (-26 | 60+)
Coproduction: BOZAR, A+ Architecture in Belgium
Structural partner: FEBELCEM
Structural main sponsor: ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems
Support: Vlaamse overheid, Région Bruxelles-Capitale — Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles/Officiel