Promotor: Harold Fallon
Oversize addresses the unique opportunities and challenges represented by the transformation and reuse of spaces that are too large in regard of the current or planned needs.
These objects, like larger sports infrastructures, exhibitions halls, industrial facilities, stocks, etc. are very present in the territory since the XIXth century. Their conception is still open to speculation, and it becomes increasingly important to propose new ways of reusing these structures. In Brussels, it is echoed by several initiatives and reflections, such as “should I stay or should I go” (bMa). Internationally, we can also refer to field works such as ‘reuse, reduce, recycle” (M. Petzet). Design cases are emerging (for example, Friche La Belle de Mai in Marseille (ARM), Palais des expositions de Charleroi (advvt-AgwA), KANAL in the former Citroën workshops in Brussels (noa-sergison bates-em2n, Alte Mensa in Münche (Muck Petzet),…)
Oversize is also marked by the conscience of the political consistency of architecture. Not architecture as the instrument of a politic. Not the politics of architecture. But the political content of an architectural approach. The societal meaning of adapting and reducing structures, of maintaining oversized buildings, of valuing un-adaptation.