The Icon 20/20 Architects: Raumlabor 02.05.09

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Installation made of recycled doors at the Steirischer Herbst festival, 2008

Raumlabor is at the forefront of that indefinable genre of architects who are working as planners, artists, curators, builders and social workers. "We decline or reject the classical role of an architect," says Markus Bader, partner of the Berlin-based office. "I think it's quite important if you want to take on the responsibility of urban change not to limit your vision to a narrow idea of architecture."

In Templehof, central Berlin, it has proposed a 30-year strategy to redevelop a 400-acre abandoned airfield, testing the politically sensitive site with interventions and cultural programmes. In an exhibition on Warsaw they examine the more subtle, street-level rhythms of city life by proposing a series of informal spaces and market stalls. Its role is crucial in the development of a more sensitive and strategic approach to long-term building projects.

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Justin McGuirk, Johanna Agerman, William Wiles, Anna Bates, Beatrice Galilee, Oliver Wainwright, Alex Pasternack, Matthew Barac, Sean Dodson


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