De Wereld Van Witte De With — 5 Questions To Axel Timm (Raumlabor)

Limousine Service by Raumlabor

Axel Timm is one of the founders of the Berlin-based office Raumlabor. Raumlabor is currently working in Rotterdam to prepare their latest project for the ‘Wereld van Witte de With’ festival, which will take place between 14 and 16 September. The festival’s theme for this year is ‘The Street – Live!’, focusing on new ways to use and experience public spaces. We asked Timm five questions about Raumlabor, his views on enhancing public space, and ‘Limousine Service’, the office’s current intervention on the streets of Rotterdam.

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Musical Umbrella Turns The City Into A Symphony

Musical umbrella

It’s a rainy Summer here in Amsterdam, so let’s stay with the umbrella theme. Thanks to Make we found out about this rather cool umbrella that’s able to play music when it rains. For the occasion of Music Hackday 2012 in Amsterdam, Berlin-based hackers Alice Zappe and Julia Lager managed to create a musical umbrella that produces a random series of lo-fi 8-bit tones as soon as rain drops fall on it.

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What’s In A Bench?

Social benches by Jeppe Hein

The bench: a hyper-common piece of street furniture that has been made polymorphic, transformed into a live-tweeting machine, and designed to be more like a chesterfield. Benches are everywhere, and it makes sense to try to re-invent it. This recent re-invention of the ever-present public seat comes from Berlin-based artist Jeppe Hein. The benches are designed in unconventional ways, not offering an immediately obvious sitting strategy for the passer-by.

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From Trash To Treasure: Raumlabor’s Recycled Home

My mother always told me that recycling was a good thing to do for the environment (thanks, Mom!). Plenty of architects are catching onto the trend: we’ve written previously about a façade made from a thousand doors, recycled bus shelters in Uganda’s bustling capital city, and, of course, shipping container urbanism. There certainly isn’t a shortage of useable material on this planet that begs to be re-made into something new.

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City Of Bubbles

Cloud Cities is an exhibition that ran until 15 January at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof. The exhibition offered an unusual vision on architecture, ecology and the way we experience life in general. Cloud Cities consisted of giant bubbles and exotic plants suspended on a structure reassembling a giant spider web. According to the man behind the artwork, Tomás Saraceno,…

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Erik Johansson’s Impossible Urban Scenes

Hello people. I want to dedicate this post to the fantastic personal work of Sweden-born and Berlin-based photographer and retoucher Erik Johansson. Give yourself a few minutes to click through his series of realistic photos of impossible scenes. Much of his graphic work has a strong spatial focus, which makes it very interesting for architecture and urbanism enthusiasts….

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Trend 5: Modular Hospitality

The next hotel is modular. In 2012 people want to sleep in the middle of the woods, float in the sea or relax in a snowy landscape. Good ol’ hotels that consist of one solid piece of concrete with rooms in it connected by a central hall just don’t do it any more. Over the…

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