Making the Impossible Possible

by Gerlinde Schuller and Claudia Weber

The book documents a unique accumulation of superlatives. Light is shed on two business strategies – CargoLifter and Tropical Islands – attempting to realise mankind’s primordial dreams, the dream of flying and the dream of paradise. The scene is the world’s largest self-supporting hall in a small village close to Berlin, Germany.

The authors Gerlinde Schuller and Claudia Weber compare these two visions on their paths to implementation, while simultaneously putting them in the context of current international events.


“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.”

Andrew Finegold in The Art Book Journal,
November 2008, Volume 15, Issue 4


Making the Impossible Possible
The dream of flying – The dream of paradise

Gerlinde Schuller and Claudia Weber
Idea Books, 2006
16.5 x 23 cm, 136 pages, English
ISBN-13: 978-90-810927-1-5

The documentation is supplemented with text contributions by: Sam Jacob (FAT Ltd., London), Dingeman Kuilman (designer and author, Amsterdam), Jochen Becker (critic and curator, Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Bernd Kriegesmann (Institute for Applied Innovation Research, Bochum).