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How Berlin's Floating University Charts the Course for Future Architectural Education

07:00 - 9 October, 2018
How Berlin's Floating University Charts the Course for Future Architectural Education, © Victoria Tomaschko
© Victoria Tomaschko

This article was originally published on Metropolis Magazine as "How a DIY Floating Universiity in Berlin Could Be An Unorthodox Prototype for Design Education."

On the north side of Tempelhofer Feld, an airport-turned-park in southern Berlin, lays a large ditch. Surrounded by lots and bungalows and noticeable only to those in the know, this 19th century basin holds rainwater drained from the airport’s defunct runways before it is fed into Berlin’s canal network.

© Victoria Tomaschko © Victoria Tomaschko © Victoria Tomaschko © Daniel Seiffert + 16

Göteborg Bathing Culture / raumlabor

02:00 - 25 October, 2015
Göteborg Bathing Culture / raumlabor, Courtesy of raumlaborberlin
Courtesy of raumlaborberlin

Courtesy of raumlaborberlin Courtesy of raumlaborberlin Courtesy of raumlaborberlin Courtesy of raumlaborberlin + 33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Architects in Charge

    Francesco Apuzzo, Jan Liesegang
  • Project Year

    2014

Spacebuster in New York

21:00 - 6 April, 2009

Storefront for Art and Architecture, in collaboration with Goethe Institute New York, present Spacebuster, a project by Raumlabor. Spacebuster is a mobile inflatable structure that serves as an entirely portable, expandable pavilion. A new iteration of a past Raumlabor project, the Küchenmonument (presented in Europe in 2006-8), Storefront will bring Spacebuster to the US for the first time this April, when it will travel throughout New York for 10 consecutive evenings hosting various community events.

The pavilion is comprised of an inflatable bubble-like dome that emerges from its self-contained compressor housing. The dome expands and organically adjusts to its surroundings, be it in a field, a wooded park, or below a highway overpass. The material is a sturdy, specially-designed translucent plastic, allowing the varying events taking place inside of the shelter – dance parties, lecture series, or dinner buffets – to be entirely visible from the outside and likewise the exterior environments become the events’ backdrops.

Each of these ten evenings will be organized in conjunction with a community group, nonprofit organization, university, or arts organization. Events will include artist talks, film screenings, communal dinners and many other events. For full information on the lineup of events please visit the official site.

More images after the break.