Students Seminar - Conceptual Formulation 2010


The Students Seminar 2010, will be held in parallel to the main event Textile Roofs 2010 between June 1st - June 5th.



TU Berlin

Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25, TIB-Gelände

13355 Berlin


The topic is:    


„B o r d E R L I N e"

Tragwerksstegreif - impromptu design project

Haltestelle - public transport stop

„Jetzt wächst zusammen, was zusammengehört"


During more than 28 years the Berlin Wall represented the symbol of the German di-vision. The border around the west part of Berlin was around 166 kms long altogether. On a length of 43.7 kms the wall separated West Berlin and East Berlin of each other. The boundary line cut through in total 192 streets from which 97 led to East Berlin and 95 in GDR. All stations and underground stations in the area of East Berlin were closed for the traffic.


Where earlier each movement was stopped on both sides of the wall, today the public transport connections take over the role of links and the stops and stations represent the junctions for an unlimited fluctuation. The reunification and unity by cross-linking is the central subject of the impromptu design project. First, the identity and culture of the lo-cation will be explored in order to find characteristic content and substance for a new staging.


The main objective of the impromptu design project consists in the architectural design of a public transport stop as a culture oriented urban element open to visitors which makes the movement perceptible and at the same time establishes a connection to the topic of "breaking the wall", the "unity". Therefore, an additional feature of the public transport stop should be the capability to communicate in many different ways with passers-by during their waiting period, for example, as an info point, an exhibition, an art installation or a stage, just a kind of temporary platform.


Every public transport stop concept and layout should act as an interface demonstrating an objection to the formerly separating borderline and have an own motto and charac-terizing name. Installed at different locations throughout the city, the various stops could form a unique cross-town network and symbolize as a place of motion with a connecting function the reunification, the "unity".


In doing so, the stop - as a hybrid, multidimensional architectural module – will be the new model of the linkage of various aspects like function, form, material and construction.


The effect of the "unity" can be achieved by representing lightness as part of the con-ceptual design, for example, by the application of transparent materials, textile fabric or membrane materials, that reflect by their flexibility and transparency the dynamic motion.


Most important for the assessment of the workshop results are the development and re-alization of the draft of a public transport stop (e.g., sketch, model, texts) as well as the clear documentation of the design and the design process.



• conceptual design, sketches,

• construction drawings (dimensioned),

• model in suitable scale,

• presentation.

Please consider:

• explanation and justification of the chosen materials, the construction and the dimensioning,

• representation of architectural and constructive details and supporting elements relevant for the chosen construction concept,

• concept regarding production, transport and installation.

Teaching staff


Prof. R. Wagner, M. Sedighi