Louise Schouwenberg ↓

Head of department

Louise Schouwenberg is a Dutch researcher and writer on art and design. She studied psychology (Radboud University Nijmegen), sculpture (Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam), and philosophy (University of Amsterdam). Since 2000 her focus has been on art and design theory, design education, and, incidentally, curating exhibitions on the cutting edge between art and design.

Schouwenberg has been teaching at various art schools and universities, including the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Royal Academy of Art and Design in The Hague (MA interior architecture, since 2012), and in 2018 she will be teaching at the Politecnico di Milano (department Architecture). Since 2010 Schouwenberg leads the Master programme Contextual Design at Design Academy Eindhoven.

For an overview of publications and other activities, see her linkedIn page.

Simone Farresin ↓


Italian designer Simone Farresin graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven, Contextual Design department, in 2009. Together with Andrea Trimarchi he founded design studio Formafantasma, located in Amsterdam.

In their work Farresin and Trimarchi bridge craft, industry, object, and user. For this reason they are interested in forging links between their research-based practice and a wider design industry. Works by Studio Formafantasma have been commissioned by a variety of partners including Fendi, Hermes, Droog, J&L Lobmeyr, Gallery Libby Sellers, Established and Sons and Lexus. Whether designing for a client or investigating alternative applications of materials, Studio Formafantasma apply the same rigorous attention to context, process and detail to every project they undertake. The added nuance for the duo is that they do so with an intense awareness of the historical, political and social forces that have shaped a specific context.

Their work is part of various collections, including those of the MoMA in New York, Victoria and Albert in London, the Metropolitan Museum New York, the Chicago Art Institute, the Textiel Museum in Tilburg, the Stedelijk Museum in ’s-Hertogenbosch, MUDAC Lausanne, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in North Carolina, the Mak Museum in Vienna, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

At the Contextual Design department Simone Farresin guides the second year students, focussing on the layers of meaning and references that hide in materials, techniques and forms.


Aurelie Hoegy ↓


Aurelie Hoegy is a French designer. After graduating in 2011 at the École Supérieure d’Art et de Design in Reims, she obtained her Master’s degree in Contextual Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2013. Through a hybrid approach of design, Hoegy’s work challenges and pushes the limits between contemporary design and art in today's culture, drawing us out of our known universe to show how the confines of consumer utility can be critiqued and surpassed. Hoegy maintains an active collaboration with artists from different disciplines, while working across a variety of mediums including drawing, film-making, object design, installation, scenography and performance; all of which declaring their respective relations to design and pushing constantly the boundaries of its normality. Her last work Dancers has received the 2015 Rado Jury Prize Paris Design Week and the first prize of the jury at the Pure Talent Contest 2016 at the IMM Cologne in Germany in January 2016.


Gijs Assmann ↓


Gijs Assmann is a Dutch artist, who studied at AKI in Enschede and the post-academic Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.

Narration is at the heart of his work. Assmann combines dramatic, figurative and stereotypical images with a flippant and experimental way of making. The resulting installations, sculptures and drawings touch upon all the senses and provoke an overall sense of melancholia and helplessness that arises from “the tension between true happiness and inevitable failing”.

Apart from his autonomous work, Assmann has also realised a large range of works commissioned for public space, including a sculpture for the headquarters of British Petrol and a monument to memorize Charley Toorop. In 2015 Museum Jan Cunen in Oss presented Desalniettemin, de Liefde (Nevertheless, love), an overview of Gijs Assmann’s oeuvre. From 1999 to 2006 Assmann headed the Ceramic Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and since 2012 he’s a tutor at the department of Fine Arts at ArtEZ Arnhem.

At the Contextual Design department Gijs Assmann is a regular tutor who guides the second years towards their graduation. Incidentally he’s also involved in the first year. In his lessons Assmann focuses mostly on discovering a student’s personal fascinations and methods of working.


Hewald Jongenelis ↓


Hewald Jongenelis is a Dutch artist, who has studied at the School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg and the postgraduate De Ateliers ’63. He works both on individual projects and on projects he realizes together with his partner Sylvie Zijlmans.

The duo is known for the large variety of media they employ, ranging from drawings, sculptures, installations, film and photography to large events they organize with people in specific urban contexts. Their works often question reality and trigger the mind to wander off to unknown, dreamlike and humorous territories. Their work is part of the collections of various museums, including Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. Apart from their autonomous works Jongenelis and Zijlmans have realized a range of public art projects, to be found in various places in the Netherlands. Jongenelis is a regular tutor at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.

At the Contextual Design department Hewald Jongenelis was previously involved in the guidance of second year students. Currently he guides the first year students in a project that is focused on ‘replication and appropriation’, by which students learn how to work with their inspirations.

www.zijlmansjongenelis.nl/category/e_hewald_jongenelis www.zijlmansjongenelis.nl/category/b_projecten

Maarten Baas ↓


Maarten Baas is a Dutch designer who obtained his bachelor degree from Design Academy Eindhoven in 1996. His works occupy a special place in the history of Dutch (conceptual) design, due to their rebellious, playful, theatrical and artistic appeal. His work varies from products, conceptual designs, limited editions, installations, public space designs, architecture, to theatre design and performance.

Baas has worked for brands such as Louis Vuitton, Swarovski, Dior, Gramercy Park Hotel, Dom Ruinart and Berluti. Many of his works are in the collections of major museums, including MoMA New York, Victoria & Albert Museum London, Les Arts Decoratifs Paris, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Die Neue Sammlung München, Stedelijk Museum and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Some works are part of private collections, including those of Brad Pitt, Kanye West, Ian Schrager and Adam Lindemann.

Each year Baas contributes to the Contextual Design department as tutor in the first year, where he focuses on freeing students from preconceptions on design and challenges to start working on execution from day one.


Jan Konings ↓


Jan Konings graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven, department Man and Living, in 1990. In the early years of his career he has collaborated with others, including Jurgen Bey, on design projects that became known as ‘conceptual design from the Netherlands’.

Today Konings works at the cutting edge of urban design, landscape, art, ecology and design, and investigates ways of improving and enlivening the social cohesion of public space with (minor) changes or additions, prompting more involvement of people with their surroundings. Works include a park created from a former refuse tip in Haarlem, a meeting place for youngsters in a new housing estate in The Hague and three public staircases for the Maasvlakte (Portscapes 2). He is the initiator and driving force behind Hotel Transvaal, a hotel spread throughout the refurbished Transvaal neighborhood in The Hague, which uses all kinds of interspaces that arise when a neighborhood changes. Apart from working on his projects he’s often involved as a (guest) tutor at various academies, including the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht.

Konings is a regular tutor in the Contextual Design department where he works both with first and second years, following his main interest: how design implicates the activities of users.

Yvonne Dröge Wendel ↓


Artist Yvonne Dröge Wendel studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, the postgraduate Rijksakademie in Amsterdam (1993-1994) and Delfina Studios in London (2002-2003).

In her work Dröge Wendel is focussed on the manifold relationships between people and objects. Dröge Wendel challenges new ways of relating to objects and for this reason she sets up experimental encounters, aiming to capture what it is that objects actually do with people, with their surrounding, with each other. The artist is currently working on a PhD artistic research project at the University of Twente, in which she dives deeper into the relationship of people and objects.

Dröge Wendel publishes art books, features frequently in solo and group exhibitions, and engages on a regular basis with the public in public spaces. In 1994 she won the second Prix de Rome award for her work, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art. She is head of the department of Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.

At the Contextual Design department Yvonne Dröge Wendel guides a design studio in the first year, in which she focuses on research and the development of concepts on the relationship of users and objects.


Vincent de Rijk ↓


Vincent de Rijk graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven, bachelor department Man and Living, in the 80s. He’s well-known for his extensive expertise in working with a range of different materials, especially in working with resins and plastics. He works both on self initiated projects and for a range of clients, including architectural firm OMA, for which he created many iconic models of buildings that became very famous. Apart from working for OMA his clients range from designers, artists, and architects, to companies, including Jongeriuslab/Galery Kreo, Ulf Moritz, Joris Laarman, Doepel Strijkers Architects, Richard Hutten, Van Bergen Kolpa architects, Studio Wieki Somers, and many others.

Vincent de Rijk contributes to the program of Contextual Design by way of material workshops, most of which are given at his well-equipped workplace in Rotterdam.


Marjan Van Aubel ↓


Marjan van Aubel is an inventor and solar designer whose innovative practice spans the fields of sustainability, design and technology. In collaboration with scientists, engineers and institutions such as Swarovski and the ECN, the Dutch Energy Centre, van Aubel works to promote extreme energy efficiency through intelligent design. From working with expandable materials, to integrating solar cells that mimic the process of photosynthesis in plants, she adds a double function to objects and puts them to work: A table is not just a table, but also a producer of electricity. Through her practice, she strives to redefine our current relationship with solar technology and accelerate its transition to ubiquity.

Graduating from the Royal College of Art (MA) in 2012, van Aubel has since exhibited at world-class institutions such as the V&A (London), the Design Museum (London), Boijmans van Beuningen Museum (Rotterdam), and the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam). Her work is also part of the permanent collection at the MoMA in New York, the Vitra Design Museum, Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, The Montreal Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia. In 2017, Swarovski named Marjan the Designer of the Future, and in 2016 she received WIRED’s Innovation Award, the Wallpaper Design Award and was chosen to be the Radicale Vernieuwer (Radical Pioneer) Netherlands by Neelie Kroes. She received the London Design festival Emerging Talent medal in 2015 and in 2012 she won the First Prize Dutch New Material Award.


Mikel van Gelderen ↓


Mikel van Gelderen studied painting at the Royal Academy of Art and Design in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and subsequently architecture at the Technical University Delft, where he obtained his (MSc) master degree in 1994.

Since 1990 Van Gelderen collaborates with architect Jurjen Zeinstra; since 1996 under the umbrella of the architectural firm Zeinstra van Gelderen Architects. The oeuvre of Zeinstra van Gelderen Architects includes various large buildings, such as the Collective House Amsterdam; Blok 5 IJburg Amsterdam; IJdock apartment building and office of the Waterpolice Amsterdam. Apart from these the architects have worked on experimental projects in which themes such as flexible use and changeability were researched, including the Tumble House, the Rubber House, and various urban projects across the Netherlands. Apart from his architectural work Van Gelderen has worked on various set designs for theatre and has contributed as editor to the architectural magazine Oase. Currently he and Zeinstra work on an artproject for public space in the municipality of Ede. In the Spring of 2017 a book on the oeuvre of Zeinstra van Gelderen Architects will be published by Architectura & Natura Amsterdam.

At the Contextual Design department Van Gelderen guides a design studio on the ‘future of dwelling’ in the first year.


Laurie Cluitmans ↓

Theory tutor

Curator and art critic Laurie Cluitmans studied Communication Science and Art History at the University of Amsterdam. As a curator she curated a.o. the following exhibitions: He Disappeared into Complete Silence; Rereading a Single Artwork by Louise Bourgeois, De Hallen Haarlem (2011, i.c.w. Arnisa Zeqo); Tribute to an Avenue, Sculpture International Rotterdam (2014); Nachthutje in de Komkommerhof, solo exhibition of Liesbeth Labeur, De Vleeshal in Middelburg (2015); Where the Side Walk Ends, GetLost Artroute (2015, i.c.w. Rieke Vos) and #+21.00, solo exhibition of Saskia Noor van Imhoff, De Appel arts centre (2016). Furthermore, Cluitmans is involved in the art space Rongwrong, Amsterdam and was part of the research team of the Autonomy Project at the Van Abbemuseum.

Until September 2016, Cluitmans worked as gallery director at Fons Welters Gallery, Amsterdam. In December 2016 she was awarded the Young Critics Award for her essay on Derek Jarman's garden Prospect Cottage.

Cluitmans contributes to the Contextual Design department as theory tutor.

Karel Martens ↓


Karel Martens is a Dutch graphic designer, whose work ranges from books to fabrics and typographic façades for buildings. His designs are often based on linking different worlds, such as using industrial artefacts turned into ‘stamps’, employing geometric paper constructions, including the flaws of layered prints, and printing on top of administration cards that he rescued from various waste bins.

Martens can be rightfully called one of the iconic figures in graphic design, who has influenced many generations of young designers. He can partly be placed in the tradition of Dutch Modernism, but his experimental approach has created most of all a distinct signature style. Martens won many awards for his works, including the H.N. Werkman Prize for the design of the architectural journal Oase, the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for the Arts, the gold medal at the Leipzig Book Fair (for Karel Martens: Printed Matter) and the Gerrit Noordzij Prize.

He was the co-founder of the renowned Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem and a mentor at the Jan van Eyck academy in Maastricht. Currently he works as a critic in graphic design at the School of Art, Yale University New Haven US.

At the Contextual Design department Martens works as a tutor in the first year on abstract topics such as ‘skin’, which aim at triggering the imagination foremost. In the final part of the second year he guides the students’ designs of the thesis books.


Tamar Shafrir ↓

Theory tutor

Tamar Shafrir was trained as an architect and designer; in 2012 she graduated at Design Academy Eindhoven, Contextual Design department, with a range of texts on design. Since then she has worked as a writer, curator and researcher.

In 2013, she founded design research studio Space Caviar with Joseph Grima. Their projects have been exhibited at various international events, including the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK), the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Design Miami\Basel, the Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein, DE). In 2014, the studio curated the cultural programme of Biennale Interieur Kortrijk, producing two exhibitions, a film, a discussion series, and the book SQM: The Quantified Home. Since 2015 she’s one of the researchers at the New Institute in Rotterdam.

Shafrir lectured at the master courses of Design Academy Eindhoven: Contextual Design, Social Design, and Design Curating and Writing. She was a tutor at Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Israel, the Iceland Academy of the Arts, the Architectural Association in London, the Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria Spain, Politecnico and Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, and the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona.

Shafrir contributes to the Contextual Design department as theory tutor.


Frans Bevers ↓

Design tutor

Frans Bevers currently works as an independent curator, designer, consultant and tutor. Until 2012 he was co-director of OPERA Amsterdam, a design firm working in the field of interior architecture and exhibition design founded in 1981. The studio produces major exhibition designs and large-scale museum interiors as well as retail, office and interior designs for the health sector. Through the years OPERA Amsterdam worked for clients such as: Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum, British Library, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace (London) National Museum of Korea (Seoul), National Museum of Denmark (Copenhagen), Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Museum of World Culures (Göteborg), Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), National Museum of Ethnology (Leiden), Hema (Amsterdam), Tempoteam (Amsterdam), AMC Emma Children’s Hospital (Amsterdam).

Next to a range of nominations, award-winning projects include: Inside Festival Barcelona, 2011 (Ceramic Study Galleries Victoria & Albert Museum), Dutch Design Award, 2004 (Hema pilot store), Lensvelt-De Architect Interior Prize, 2001 (National Museum of Ethnology).

He was tutor and head of the department of Architectural Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (1979-2007), and lectured at Parsons School of Design (NYC), Shanghai Normal University (Shanghai), East China Normal University (Shanghai), University of Illinois (Chicago). Recently he joined the teaching staff of the Royal Academy of Arts (The Hague). As a passionate cyclist he published Dagboek Amerika (2015). Pijn in het Peloton (together with Pieter Cramer) is due to be published in the summer of 2017.


Ernst van der Hoeven & Kirsten Algera ↓


Ernst van der Hoeven and Kirsten Algera initiated MacGuffin in 2014, an arts and crafts magazine focussed on the Life of Things. The magazine features fabulous stories about the life of ordinary, often anonymously designed things. Each biannual edition takes an object and explores the manifold stories it generates. Like the MacGuffins in Hitchcock films, these things are not the main characters, but the plot devices that set the story in motion.

Ernst van der Hoeven studied art history at the University of Groningen, and landscape architecture at the Politecnico in Milan. His studio, EVDH, is focussed on the design of the urban landscape. In 1994 he co-founded the Rotterdam based office Crimson, and in 2008 he co-founded Club Donny, a journal on the personal experience of nature in an urban environment (2008—2014). Kirsten Algera is a Dutch design historian and design critic. AShe has participated in various international projects and works currently on her PhD research at the University of Amsterdam. Theme: the relationships between graphic design and subcultures.

Van der Hoeven and Algera contribute to the Contextual Design department as lecturers. Apart from that they offer advice on the graduation projects of the second year students.


Sjoerd Ter Borg ↓


Sjoerd ter Borg is an artist and designer based in Amsterdam, whose research focuses on the transformations of cities. He has initiated several projects in which he connected artists and writers to abandoned spaces such as bomb shelters, bridge houses and military terrains. By using fiction, he reflects on the past, present and future of city developments. Sjoerd ter Borg has graduated in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam and from the Vacant NL master programme (interior architecture) at the Sandberg Instituut. In 2014, he was selected for the talent development program from the Creative Industries Fund (NL). In 2015 he spent a summer residency Documentary Art at Uniondocs New York. Places where his work has been shown include the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Dutch Design Week, Northside Festival (New York), Forms Festival (Toronto) and the Biennale of Urbanism 2013 (Shenzhen, China). In 2016 he was part of HOBRA, the Dutch Delegation for the cultural program of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.


Lucas Verweij ↓


Lucas Verweij is a versatile man who moves across design in all its facets with natural ease. Whether it be as a designer, moderator, writer or educator, Verweij engages in activities that breathe curiosity and innovation.

During the nineties Verweij co-founded studio Schie 2.0, an interdisciplinary practice investigating new approaches for the public realm. Between 2001 and 2005 he worked for Premsela, the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion, as project leader in the field of social development. He subsequently served as dean of the Academy for Architecture and Urban Design in Rotterdam. Since 2008 Verweij has lived in Berlin, where he was a teacher at Berlin’s two design schools, Kunsthochschule Weißensee and Universität der Kunste. He published a book in 2017 (‚the designfactor’) and serves as chairman of he designcommittee of the ‘Creative Industries Fund NL (Stimuleringsfonds voor de creatieve industrie). Recently he picked up his first love: Mapmaking. He has been designing Worldmaps that have been exhibited in various galleries and art-shows. He keeps us regularly updated on his observations on design through his blog and his opinion articles for websites such as Dezeen. Apart from this he acts as initiator and curator of public events in the fields of architecture, design and innovation both in Rotterdam and Berlin.

Dries Verbruggen ↓


In 2002 designer Dries Verbruggen obtained his bachelor degree at Design Academy Eindhoven, department Man and Living. Soon after he founded design studio Unfold, together with Claire Warnier.

Unfold has created a range of experimental projects in which craft, industrial production methods and digital communication networks are combined, leading to complex patterns and sophisticated forms that testify of today’s production possibilities. “What is the role of the designer and how is it changing in a time when design and manufacturing become increasingly more digitized?” This question is key to understanding the works of Verbruggen and Warnier, which have been presented at many international design events and were covered by various media on innovative design.

Verbruggen has been teaching at various schools, including Colorado State University USA; Luca School of Arts; the ICT & Media Design department of the Fontys University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands.

At the Contextual Design department Verbruggen guides a design studio in the first year that is focussed on linking old crafts to high tech production methods.


Ulrike Rehm ↓


German artist Ulrike Rehm studied art in Michelstadt and Berlin and finished her studies at Rietveld Academy and Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. In 2010 she founded design office RaR, together with Beate Reinheimer. The studio has thus far produced a range of imaginative ceramic objects, including Hain and Schwarm, a collection of wall mounted porcelain vases shaped like bugs and beetles. In 2012 Rehm was one of ten finalists in ‘De nieuwe Rembrandt’ (the new Rembrandt), an artist contest that was broadcasted on Dutch television.

Curiosity and an incentive for experimentation direct Rehm's artistic development. She uses all kinds of materials, some produced by herself: paper, ceramics, porcelain, copper, solid soap as sculpting material. The work is mostly based on traditional folkloric narration in which archetypes relate to one another and to the world in general, to contemporary art and to actual social reality. A typical aspect of the work is a mild look at life, “trying to reconcile us with all the shortcomings of our existence”.

At the Contextual Design department Ulrike Rehm guides a design studio in the first year, in which she challenges the students to experiment with various materials and media, by which to express their views on design.


David Hamers ↓


David Hamers (PhD) is a spatial researcher, who was trained as a cultural theorist and economist. In 2003, he obtained his doctorate at Maastricht University’s department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences with a research into representations of the American suburb. Since then, Hamers has been working as a researcher in the field of urbanisation. He is a senior researcher for Urban Areas at PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving) in The Hague. His publications mainly deal with the development, design, and use of space within and around the city. In addition to his work as a researcher, Hamers works with spatial designers and artists. Since 2009 he has been a reader (lector) for Places and Traces at Design Academy Eindhoven.

At the Contextual Design department David Hamers offers a lecture on the meaning and practice of ‘Design Research’: design through research; research by way of design. And he offers advice on the graduation projects of the second year students.

Nacho Carbonell ↓


Nacho Carbonell: “I like to see objects as living organisms, imagining them coming alive and being able to surprise you with their behaviour. I want to create objects with my hands, then I can give them my personality. I turn them into communicative objects that can arouse one’s sensations and imagination. In short, what I want to create are objects with a fictional or fantasy element, that allow you to escape everyday life.”

Nacho Carbonell graduated in 2003 at the Spanish university Cardenal Herrera C.E.U. and in 2007 at Design Academy Eindhoven. He won various awards for his striking designs, many of which have found their way into public space, as well as private and museum collections, including the Groningen Museum in The Netherlands, and the 2121 Museum in Japan. Carbonell’s studio is based in Eindhoven.


Noam Toran ↓

Guest tutor

Noam Toran’s work involves the creation of intricate narratives, developed as a means to reflect upon the interrelations of history, memory, cinema and literature. The work is exhibited, screened and published internationally, notably at the CNAC Pompidou (Paris), Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna), Venice Architecture Biennale, London Architecture Biennale, Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Israel Museum (Jerusalem), Witte de With (Rotterdam), MuHKA (Antwerp), Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Baltic Contemporary (Newcastle), London Design Festival, Arnolfini Gallery (Bristol), Center for Contemporary Art (Tel Aviv), Musée D’Art Moderne (Luxembourg), Miyake Studio Gallery (Tokyo), Kulturhuset (Stockholm) and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin). Toran is currently represented by Rawart Gallery in Tel Aviv, and is a research fellow at Het Nieuwe Institute in Rotterdam.


Alexandre Humbert ↓

Workshop tutor

Alexandre Humbert was trained as a product designer (Contextual Design, Design Academy Eindhoven) and gradually developed a fascination for, and expertise as filmmaker. He currently focusses on video as a design practice. "As designers we are storytellers, we are not designing chairs but ways of sitting.” Humbert has created a range of ‘object interviews’ in which designs converse with each other regarding their existence. The first interviews were shown at Palazzo Clerici in Milan, during the Salone del Mobile in 2017, where Design Academy Eindhoven presented ‘DAE #TVClerici’, curated by Jan Boelen. Humbert contributed with surprising narratives derived from talking objects – for some a scary premonition, for others a lively new take on the life of things.


Raumlabor ↓


“There was once a society that believed the future would bring better living conditions to everyone. There were people, utopian thinkers, who thought about the big questions of the city. Today only a feeling remains, half desire, half melancholy, reminiscing of those architects who wanted to live in a better society and who had dreamed of better places. Such an era is now over. Here begins my work.” Raumlaborberlin is a network, a collective of 8 trained architects who collaborate with experts from various other cultural fields, as well as residents of the locations in which they work. The collective operates at the intersection of architecture, city planning, art and urban intervention, and they call their approach ‘research-based design’. In their projects they address the city and urban renewal as a process, with a special fascination for places torn between different systems, time periods or planning ideologies, places that can not adapt. Places that are abandoned, left over or in transition, which contain much potential for experimentation. For an overview of their projects, visit their website.