Session 2 | 16:30-18:30


Architectures Experiments
Henrike Rabe, Friedrich Schmidall
Interdisciplinary Laboratory Image Knowledge Gestaltung
Experimental Design of Collaborative Spaces
How does the design of physical-virtual space influence practices of interaction, reading, writing, programming, sketching or prototyping? How do these practices materialize and unfold in space and what influence can be exerted on them? To investigate these questions, we developed a novel interdisciplinary approach to space research: With the so-called Experimentalzone, we have implemented an experimental and collaborative investigative arrangement with regular design interventions.
Andreas Rumpfhuber
The Incorporation of Dissent, Bürolandschaft and its Contemporary Legacy
When in 1960 the “Buch und Ton” open space office, set as a temporary test space for the Bertelsmann mail-order business, opened on the top floor of a warehouse on the Bertelsmann campus in Gütersloh (Germany), nobody would predict its unprecedented world-wide success. Its very design soon became a blueprint for post-war office design and administrative organizations, widely known as Bürolandschaft [office-landscape].
Currently we witness a revival of contemporary interpretations and variations of office-landscaping: Be it SANAA’s literal landscape for the Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne, be it Frank Gehry’s Facebook open plan office in Paolo Alto/ California, as well as OMA’s Springer Campus design in Berlin, or the forthcoming JOHNSTONMARKLEE Dropbox headquarters in San Francisco, to name just a few, most prominent examples.
This new wave of Bürolandschaft-like projects makes it worth revisiting the initial concept of Bürolandschaft: what was its aim and its ambition right after the Second World War?