With our research and building practise, we aim to safeguard and reactivate ancestral knowledge and wisdom as a generator of meaning in a globalised, but superdiverse world. Creating physical spaces in remote rural area’s momentarily under stress is our core activity.
Deze ontwerpstudio wil aan de student een moment van heroriëntering of reset aanbieden, een stilte voor de storm, met een ontwerpoefening die een vormgegeven reflectie is over een kritiek punt (technisch, vormelijk, inhoudelijk, …) naar keuze. Het ontwerp start met het detecteren van een kritiek punt van versnelling, vertraging, evolutie of transformatie – net binnen of net buiten de architectuur – en streeft naar een publieke opstelling (tentoonstelling) van het ontwerpresultaat. De leiddraad daarbij is het concept van overgave-weerstand.
This design studio wants to present the student with a moment of reorientation or reset, a calm before the storm, in the form of an exercise consisting of a designed reflection on a critical point (technical, formal, content, …) of his/her choosing. It starts with the detection of this critical point of acceleration, deceleration, evolution or transformation – just inside or just outside the perimeter of architecture – and strives to finalise with a public presentation (exhibition) of the outcome. The red thread through this all is the concept of surrender-resistance.
Heal the City – Healing Buildings for the Circular City
RbD/ADO, limited resources, re-use and integration
PhD-r, modest heritage and suitability
Wherever the feet go, the eyes will follow soon
Wherever the feet go, the eyes will soon follow.
Free after: Wherever the eyes go, the feet will follow
An exercise in serendipity1
1 Serendipity means an unplanned, fortuitous discovery.
The term was coined by Horace Walpole in 1754. In a letter he wrote to his friend Horace Mann, Walpole explained an unexpected discovery he had made about a (lost) painting of Bianca Cappello by Giorgio Vasari by reference to a Persian fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip. The princes, he told his correspondent, were “always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of”. Serendip, is an old name for Sri Lanka (aka Ceylon), hence Sarandib by Arab traders. It is derived from the Sanskrit Siṃhaladvīpaḥ (Siṃhalaḥ, Sri Lanka + dvīpaḥ, island)
PD-r/ADO, Engendering Flanders Landscape – urban living
When in The Housing Question Engels was striving for a definitive solution to the housing question, he was explicitly referring to utopian models which proposed the dissolution of the antithesis between town and country. The housing question, which is even more pressing today, cannot be solved by palliative solutions. If we do not go beyond the understanding of the territory as divided between the city and the countryside, or of domestic space as divided between shelter and production, of proprietor logics versus commons, we can expect the housing question to continue presenting challenges of accessibility and affordability for the decades to come. The studio Homes for Flanders further develops a research path initiated during the current academic year (2017-18) and centered on the problem of housing and domestic space, with a specific focus on both Flanders and Brussels.
The research is part and the second step of a longer trajectory (ADO project) that will run for two more years and will culminate in a publication and exhibition. While the starting point of the research is the need for a large amount of new living units resulting from the changing demographic and socio-economic conditions of this part of Europe (it is foreseen that 300.000 housing units need to be built by 2030 in Flanders), the specific focus of this year’s studio is property and the idea that new forms of ownership should be based on the notion of the ‘common’, thus bypassing the traditional dialectic relationship between public and private.
While this notion has been extensively studied by different disciplines, acquiring new impetus in the recent years, its application to the field of architecture is mostly limited and confined to the study of the urban common, the organization and management of territorial resources and of their consequent spatial implications. Applications to the field of housing are mostly limited and concerned exclusively with the development of alternative models of urban dwellings such as ‘co-housing’ and ‘co-living’. The studio will explore the possibility of deploying the logics of alternative forms of ownership in urban, suburban and rural territories not simply to develop new forms of communality among inhabitants, but also as the step to trigger new forms of production, local subsistence and ultimately the architectural forms of a new domestic space.
RbD, limited resources, re-use and integration
Generous architecture encourages people to create new meaning, with a focus on remembering the past and embracing the future.
PhD-r, architectural concept, materiality and detail
Studio Khora and Turan: Unknown Cities II: The Urban Condition: A Bicameral Entanglement
PD-r, designing for cultural sustainability
Towards spatial strategies that provide handles to rethink hopeful and seemingly hopeless citified vacancies in and around the port of Amsterdam – SIXHAVEN & MARINE BASE case studies
PD-r, urban emergent processes, link NYHub
As part of radically changing geopolitical relationships at a global scale, tensions of a nationalistic and protectionist nature arise increasingly, often affecting the actual built environment we use and inhabit. As more nations, regions, cities or neighborhoods discuss how to close their borders and restrict access for the ones they might not know, changes occur at an immediate architectural level, where we see more and higher fences, more walls or multiple security-checks appear, while high resolution video surveillance and high-tech face recognition systems are in place 24/7, restricting access to the general public, and this way also eroding the public realm. The future of architecture is defined by its way of dealing with accessibility and permeability.
PD-r/ADO, found Space BXL
ENVISIONING THE ARCHITECTURE(S) OF THE URBAN COMMONS
In Collaboration with
Hanne van Reusel (Commons Josaphat) BRAL vzw
This dissertation studio is integrated with the PhD research project of Hülya Ertas “Building a Knowledge Commons of The Commons Architecture” at KU Leuven Department of Architecture, Campus Sint-Lucas Brussels, co-advised by Prof. Dr. Lieven de Cauter and advised by Prof. Dr. Burak Pak