In this lecture, Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius and Jan Liesegang, present raumlaborberlin’s ethos and way of working of through four projects:
-Floating University Berlin, an experiment in collective learning housed in a temporary structure floating in a Berlin rainwater basin
-[Working on] Common Ground, a 100-day learning laboratory in a former brick factory in Kosovo’s capital city
-Allmänna Badet / Bathing Culture, a public sauna built above the harbor of a deindustrializing Swedish port city.
-Haus der Statistik, the development of the GDR’s national statistics office abandoned headquarters, through which raumlabor is exploring the possibilities of cooperative city making.
The presentation is followed by a conversation with Mark Wigley, dean emeritus of Columbia University GSAPP. The conversation touches on the power of “non-threatening”, temporary structures in making lasting changes to the urban fabric, the central role education plays in the practice’s projects, and raumlaborberlin’s impact on global architectural discourse.