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Fountain House – Montreal



Reexamining the fountain

In contemporary urban as well as cultural discussions we see a renaissance of the idea of common space, in german either translated as „Allmende“ or „Gemeinschaft“ depending on a relationship towards (city) space or social structures. This is related to the dipole of the private vs. the public as the two dominant categories of the 20th century. Now in the 21st century we find many ways of being together as part of daily life, be it through social media or through community gardens or similar locally rooted projects.

On the other hand we tend to take for granted many achievements inherited from previous generations’ common efforts, without giving them a second thought. One of these heritages are public infrastructures.




An existing informal pedestrian route next to Durban’s busy N3 motorway gets a roof structure made from the gutted shells of old cars, acknowledging the everyday practices of local commuters.



The City as a Sphere of Action

24./25. July 2014: The Symposium at the end of the Osthang Project Summer School will place the recently completed Osthang campus into a larger context. The “functional change” of public space has evolved to become a key issue in architecture and urban planning discourse over the past 20 years. Therefore the citizens of Darmstadt – along with the participants of the Summer School and international experts – are invited to search for the potentials of open, social spaces and the alternative planning and building practice.


Osthang Project: Summer School

This summer the Osthang Project – International Summer School and Festival for Future Modes of Living Together is taking place on the underused plot of the Osthang, located amid the historically significant ensemble of the former artist colony Mathildenhöhe. As Summer School and festival it will bring together knowledge and experience from architecture, social and political science, economy, activism and art, as well as experimental building and experimental forms of living from around the world.





Junipark is part of the Wohnwut campaign conducted by Schlesische27, a youth, art and culturehouse. The campaign finds its roots in a peer-to-peer survey concerning housing circumstances for youngsters in Berlin. This resulted in a publication being the main principle of the whole campaign. Junipark is a month-long festival that aims to translate these survey results, Berlins problemacy with affordable housing for youngsters, into a manifest by organising a space for discussions, workshops, peformances and projects. At the end of the festival, these activities lead to the wohngut charta in which the young participants formulate their concerns, ideas and proposals to Berlin politics.


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JA! tempelhof

Berlin – Tempelhof 2014. Der Volksentscheid geht für das Feld, für das Gefühl von Freie und gegen Bebauung, gegen eine Planung, die Zuletzt das Vertrauen der Bürger verloren hat! Gratulation 100% Tempelhof, Gratulation Berlin! Es lebe das Feld! Es lebe die Vielfalt! Es lebe ein Stück entspanntes, ungetriebenes Berlin!




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HOTEL shabbyshabby

  Have you ever wondered why hotel rooms are rarely places you’d gladly fall asleep or wake up in? They often present you with ghastly carpets,antiseptic surfaces, perfidious artworks and dreadfully decorated walls, not to mention a disappointing view and a catastrophic hotel bar. Is it so difficult to design a room where someone would enjoy spending a night? A room that offers a unique view, a divine bed and is as snug a beaver’s den? more

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Lectures, Workshops

07.-27.07.2014, Summer School

Summer School for Experimental Building and New Public Spaces

Darmstadt, Osthang Project, Jan Liesegang


10.07.2014 – 18.00, Lecture

The Aesthetic of Recycling

The Design of Scarcity, The New Instituut (the former NAI archive), Rotterdam, Axel Timm


25.06.2014 – 20.00, Discussion

Braucht Chur Kunst im öffentlichen Raum?

Ortung. Kunst im öffentliche Raum Chur, Theater Chur, Peter Stohler (Kunstzeughaus Rapperswil-Jona), Michael Günzburger (Kunstschaffender), Luciano Fasciati (Künstlerische Leitung Ortung), Angela Wüst (Kunstschaffende), Andrea Hofmann (Architektin/raumlaborberlin)


04.06.2014 -18.00, Discussion

Design Build – Work in Progress

Bella Vista, Orangelab, Berlin, Eike Roswag (ZRS Architekten), Prof. Ralf Pasel (pasel.künzel architects), Tobias Armborst (Interboro Partners), Ursula Hartig (Mexiko Projekt TU Berlin), Prof. Ulf Blieske (FH Köln), Die Baupiloten BDA, Rising Education, Jan Liesegang (raumlaborberlin)


28.05.2014, Symposium


mice.lab des Netzwerks BodenseeMeeting, Forschungslabor für Kongresse der Zukunft, Andrea Hofmann


26.05.2014 – 18:00, Lecture

The Right to the City

Bratislava, What City? Conference, Christof Mayer


23.05.2014 – 18.00, Lecture

Die Ästhetik des Recyclings

SAKöln Fakultät für Architektur, Symposium zum 100jährigen Jubiläum der Werkbundausstellung Cöln 1914, K10, Axel Timm


21.05.2014 – 19.00, Lecture

Antrittsvorlesung: Situationen Konstruieren

Universität Kassel, K10, Henschelstraße 2, Raum 1140, Markus Bader





Re-cycling, up-cycling, pre-cycling – we like to use materials with a story. We se the material world as a world of flows and transfigurations and our intervention in it aas a moment of diversion of these flows. We like to borrow stuff from the system of resource cycles, we like to cut short the cycles of resource – product – trash to explore ways to focus more on imagination and less on consumption of  ressources. In many project we use discarded materials as old doors, windows, furniture, bottles, car door to create new spaces. For temporary projects we extract elements form the production cycle and return them at the end of the projects.



The urban transformation process in the cities of the former GDR was for a long time framed as a process of shrinkage. Underlying to this is a fundamental change from a socialist to a capitalist economy. Workplaces were lost, career paths disrupted, social contexts dissolved. At the same time, the peaceful end of the socialist regime was the beginning of a big utopian hope to a society which is more inclusive, democratic, fair and free.




The GREATED FUTURES is a vision of a space in a post-oil-shock-scenario, where today merges with the past, by referring to metaphoric narratives of past visions of the future. It is shown as part of the exhibition “regress / progress” at the The Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw. more


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Das Küchenmonument

The Kitchen Monument is a mobile sculpture which has two states of being. This zinc sheetclad sculpture can be extended into public space by a pneumatic spatial mantle that transforms it into a temporary collective space. more