raumlaborberlin was established in 1999 as a platform for architects. raumlabor stands for discurse orientated, experimental, joyful, participatory working methods with a high degree of publicity and strong design expression. The group consists of Francesco Apuzzo, Markus Bader, Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius, Andrea Hofmann, Jan Liesegang, Christof Mayer, Matthias Rick and Axel Timm. The collective playfully subverts the apparently indispensable values of architecture such as durability. They develop temporary interventions, ephemeral spatial concepts and investigate urban transformations in order to find new perspectives in architecture and urban planning. raumlaborberlin aim to challenge the conventional social meanings of urban space by investigating alternative potentials for architecture and urban space, which can be dynamically experienced and offer the opportunity for malleable social interconnections.
Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius was born in 1968 and grew up in Hamburg. Studied Architecture for 11 years in Berlin (TU Berlin/HDK) and Copenhagen (Royal Dänish Art Academy). In the meantime founded and directed the Theatre Companies ?Atta Coop? and “rent a friend”, squatted a house, renovated it and lived there in a commune, founded the Institute for applied Building Arts that ran the Testing Ground for Ephemeral Buildings and opened up an illegal Casino in Berlin. Finally gained the Max Taut Award for the best Diploma of the year at HDK Berlin in 1998. Decided not to become a traditional architect, build a house anyways and then entered raumlaborberlin in 1999. He built a city for children, directed theatre festivals, made a 2 years research project on kiosk architecture, made many architectural designs and is an expert on public funding and participatory processes. He also gained the Erich Schelling Award for innovative architecture in 2004 and is recently Professor at the Academy of applied Arts Prague.