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Idea by

Floris van der Zee Rolf van der Leeuw David Bauer

BRUBERAMS

, Netherlands
BRUBERAMS is an architecture collective living and working in three European capitals: Amsterdam, Berlin and Brussels. A shared interest in an architectural perspective on border conditions frames our scope. We aim to explore the formal and material aspects of borders; instead of fixed and static expressions of division and separation, rather seen as possible connectors, spaces of hybridization and moments of the in-between. In that sense is our transnational collaboration a project in itself.

Limestigations


potential of the border OR a trans-european project

Limestigations


potential of the border OR a trans-european project
„A boundary is not that at which something stops, but the boundary is that from which something begins its presencing.“ (Heidegger)

Europe is currently confronted with unprecedented migration flows.
And its incapability to deal with it.
Individual countries started constructing physical borders again. 
Turning Fortress Europe from metaphor into mater-eality. 

In 200 AD the „Limes“ stretched over 5000 km from the North African desert to Britain.
This elaborate system of landmarks, camps, roads and barriers formed a strategic perimeter to divide the „Roman“ from the „Other” world. Hence its identity.

However strong it was - this topographycial, symiotic and architectonical system, once outlining the northern periphery of the civilized world - it must now be understood as backbone of the EU. 
Ancient roads are replaced by high speed rail tracks. Boarder stations have become fertile metropoles.

Instead of reviving this Limit along the current European borders, 
a reevaluation of the historical Limes could uncover the potential of the in between nature of boarders to form a Trans-European project.


What has been periphery is now the center. It is the “in between” that has the potential to give birth to overlapses, justapoxition, hybridization and to combine the strength of both sides.

Limestigations


potential of the border OR a trans-european project

Limestigations


potential of the border OR a trans-european project
„A boundary is not that at which something stops, but the boundary is that from which something begins its presencing.“ (Heidegger)

Europe is currently confronted with unprecedented migration flows.
And its incapability to deal with it.
Individual countries started constructing physical borders again. 
Turning Fortress Europe from metaphor into mater-eality. 

In 200 AD the „Limes“ stretched over 5000 km from the North African desert to Britain.
This elaborate system of landmarks, camps, roads and barriers formed a strategic perimeter to divide the „Roman“ from the „Other” world. Hence its identity.

However strong it was - this topographycial, symiotic and architectonical system, once outlining the northern periphery of the civilized world - it must now be understood as backbone of the EU. 
Ancient roads are replaced by high speed rail tracks. Boarder stations have become fertile metropoles.

Instead of reviving this Limit along the current European borders, 
a reevaluation of the historical Limes could uncover the potential of the in between nature of boarders to form a Trans-European project.


What has been periphery is now the center. It is the “in between” that has the potential to give birth to overlapses, justapoxition, hybridization and to combine the strength of both sides.


Idea by

Floris van der Zee Rolf van der Leeuw David Bauer
BRUBERAMS
Netherlands
BRUBERAMS is an architecture collective living and working in three European capitals: Amsterdam, Berlin and Brussels. A shared interest in an architectural perspective on border conditions frames our scope. We aim to explore the formal and material aspects of borders; instead of fixed and static expressions of division and separation, rather seen as possible connectors, spaces of hybridization and moments of the in-between. In that sense is our transnational collaboration a project in itself.