Making The Impossible Possible (with Gerlinde Schuller*)
Research and Publication, 2006
Publication of our year-long research into a prize-winning architectural structure and the two highly ambitious enterprises that were taking place within it.
In September 2006 we published the book 'Making the Impossible Possible' which documents a unique accumulation of superlatives.
Light is shed on two business strategies – CargoLifter and
Tropical Islands – attempting to realize mankind’s primordial
dreams, the dream of flying and the dream of paradise.
The scene takes place in the world’s largest self-supporting hall
in a small village close to Berlin. We compared these two visions on their paths to implementation, while
simultaneously putting them in the context of current
international events. The documentation is supplemented with text contributions by:
Sam Jacob (architect, writer and critic, FAT Ltd., London), Dingeman Kuilman (Premsela
Design Foundation, Amsterdam), Jochen Becker (critic and
curator, Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Bernd Kriegesmann (Institute for
Applied Innovation Research, Bochum).
Excerpt from a review in The Art Book Journal
, UK, November 2006, Volume 15, Issue 4: 'Using a non-traditional structure and relying on their visual arts and design backgrounds, the authors are able to present a fully realised portrait of this unique hall, the two functions it has served and the impact its presence has had on the local and national psyche in a way that is both informative and critical.'
The book can be ordered through Amazon
*Projects by co-author Gerlinde Schuller (Information Designer, Amsterdam) can be found at The World as Flatland