Bochum city center. It is already dawning and we are walking towards one of the smaller roads. Something is different today. From a narrow gap between two houses there is a mysterious glow. While approaching we see a radiant object floating above the ground. People are looking up to it. What could it be? We are moving closer, curiously. A brightly lit, transparent balloon is squeezed between two buildings. Soft music seeps out from the inside. There are young people oddly bouncing and walking up and down.
18:00 Hugo-Schultz-Str 65, Bochum Ehrenfeld
"The app for data transmission is ready!" Sandro Engel
For the curious among you, here is a small foretaste of the Hildesheim APP.
A phone booth as a bathroom?
We’re daring the reconstruction.
The heart sends a signal!
To control the images in the BLOON, there is an own monitoring system.
First projector tests. Wow!
or the "How do we actually get an image on a slide?"
Uterus, artificial intelligence, bubble, balloon – so which is it? Whether a professor of sociology, a student of psychology, a freelancing artist or the guy next door – BLOON generates a lot of interest!
„Oh, and I thought you’re just doing handicrafts!“
“Drawers were closed”, prejudices were refuted, it had been a long time since the Bochum Museum of Art was so crowded, and there was also no more wine left – a full success.
Coffee, cake and chat, many questions and a lot of answers.
The questions were asked by reporters of the WAZ,
Radio Bochum and AkzoNobel Decorative Paints.
„You cannot find anything there; I am missing the menu.“ - Bruns
„Oh nonsense, this is what makes it generally interesting, at my place I also need to look for it. This is fun!“ - Becker Schmitz
Actually this meeting supposed to lead towards clarity, however, it turned out to be more difficult than we thought it would be. Becker Schmitz and Pascal were clearly not on the same page. One was looking in vain for clarity and structure and the other one found his game and lost himself in it. Inspired by the playful, they presented us their current project “Hold the Line” with a great portion of enthusiasm and joy of discovery.
„Little did I know what was to come.“ - Baum
Clueless and rather skeptically he listened to us talking about the project idea, yet with every explanation his enthusiasm grew, until he nearly jumped and hurried to the blackboard to outline his first ideas and then lost himself in the flood of words. Since then his enthusiasm was unstoppable, so he declared eagerly that we could start next week. He is on board!
„What if we need more than ten minutes?“ – „Then you’ll get the red card!“ We are very grateful for being invited to this unexpected event and we hope that the nice bar lady came home safe.
Thomas Herzig picks us up in Vienna with his old Mini Cooper. Alex and David are sitting in the back. The car is very small but freshly painted. We are driving to the Austrian countryside, where Tomas’s atelier is. An old barn with strangely looking shapes on a lawn. Arriving in Linz, we meet Stefan Wölwer from Hildesheim, who also happened to be there because of the opening of Ars Electronica. David and Alex explain the idea to transform BLOON into an urban communication platform and temporarily to override the borders between the inside and the outside. In the middle of the night, we are returning to Vienna. It is raining hard, so hard, that the wipers aren’t doing their job any more. All windows are fogged up, sometimes the Mini slides. Neither the blinking motorway display „Caution wrong-way drivers“, nor the aquaplaning or the fogged-up windows cause any anxiety. Alex and David are sleeping. In the early morning hours, we are arriving in Vienna. Too bad, that nobody wants to join me in the American bar.
Designs are hanging from the ceiling, students, who actually wanted to have coffee, are roaming around and forget about their lectures and refine our work with fat fingers and coffee stains. Thanks a lot – the test run succeeded.
A very likeable guy with a pretty atelier and a wonderful garden, which we could enjoy thanks to coming in favor of the 21st century. Oh, and what do students nowadays need for living? According to both Henni‘s world travel and our survey it is just a bed, a laptop and internet access.
Loaded with blue leather shoes, which are shining under the table, with a convincing hint of a smile and a lot of experience, energy and optimism we are leaving the house Rucker-Co freshly motivated in order to grasp the one or the other subtle idea and technical as well as official way of behaving inspired by Raumlabor. Together with Claus Wohlgemuth we look for a cozy bar and try to recall our personal impressions of the imploding weekend, which does not work out that well yet. Thanks for that – we will be back!
To commemorate the first 50 years of its existence,
the student union of Bochum offered a special prize for a competition within the university.
Students got the task to develop innovative shapes of student living.
The competition was processed within the compulsory optional module
„Interior space: making space“ at the faculty architecture of the Hochschule Bochum.
The task included the basic idea to create a new „city“ within the already existing urban structures.
The students should engage with the dead space of Bochum. Properties,
which seem to be unusable for the „normal“ real estate market,
should be presented in a new light through reinterpretation.
At first, they had to deal with the roof landscape of Bochum
and consider the question of how to combine student living
on the roofs of the city with the numerous vacancies on the ground floor.
Basically, student life should be taken to the city.
Of the numerous student dorms none is in the city center,
the dorms are attached to the campus and are located far away of the gates of the city.
The fact that out of 360 000 inhabitants, 40 000 are students,
which means that one in every nine is a student, creates a huge viral potential for the city,
which is about to reinvent itself.
On 14 January 2015 the jury met at the Hochschule Bochum to review and evaluate the student concepts.
As scoring judges came together: Mr Lüken (Manager Akafö), Prof. Katharina Feldhusen (University of Bochum),
Claudia Thümler (Lehmbruckmuseum Duisburg), Stephanie Ernst (scenographer), Agnes Giannone (University of Bochum).
1. Prize - Generation Garage: Alexander Rakow and Julius Frodermann
2. Prize – Aerial closing: David Keuer (Recommendation of the jury for realizing the design 1:1)
3. Prize – Close to home: Chantal Penzkofer and Johan de Buhr
3. Prize - Accordion City: Elisa Jakaytis and Kim Stolfik