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Formed in response to the rapid and unrestrained development of Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Raumlabor—whose name translates to “space laboratory”—sees the role of an architect as that of a negotiator who highlights social problems rather than solving them. This collective of nine practitioners works at the intersection of architecture, city planning, public art, and intervention, often proposing playful, temporary or speculative “urban prototypes” aimed at transforming the built landscape. Examples have included pneumatic structures, submarines made of waste materials, and a mountain built from the rubble produced by uncovering a buried canal. Members often respond to sites that are abandoned, leftover, or in transition; their approach is used to both critique and influence official city planning processes. The group’s recent honors include the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, the Curry Stone Design Prize, and the Core77 Design Award.

Established 1999, Berlin, Germany