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Publication date
09/10/18

Author(s)
Audrey Contesse

Combining process and procedure

"The Belgian scene boasts a form of quality, humanism and poetry”, states issue no. 425 of Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, focusing on Belgian architecture. It must be said that over the last fifteen years, a spatial quality has sprung from architecture originating from Wallonia-Brussels in particular. This stems from an alliance between a specific architectural approach based on process [...]
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Publication date
06/07/18

Author(s)
Emmanuelle Borne

website
www.larchitecturedaujourdhui.fr

Belgitopia

Should we rely on international expositions, the Venice Architecture Biennale in particular, to learn about the fundamental movements and challenges that shake the world of architecture? With Rem Koolhaas’s historic “Fundamentals” and, at the other end, Alejandro Aravena’s oh-socontemporary “Reporting from the Front”, we were tempted to answer yes. But Yvonne Farrell and Shelley [...]
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Publication date
01/03/18

Author(s)
Xavier Lelion & Anne Sophie Nottebaert

Architectures Wallonia-Brusses. Inventories, When comis meets architecture

Since it came out, the triple remit of the publication Inventaires is an opportunity to react to, evaluate and account for architecture and its creators in Wallonia and Brussels. The period 2013-2016 was marked by the presence of our architects in the media in Belgium and abroad. Publications, exhibitions, and participation welcomed in the biennials... The confidence in our project [...]
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Publication date
03/10/17

Author(s)
Pierre Chabard

Bibliographic reference
http://www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/V__Architecture._Documents_on_5_Projects/421/

V+ - "Stages of an Architectural Trajectory"

In October 2010, the architectural firm V+ won the design competition for the renovation and extension of the museum and garden of “cross-border life 1850–1950”', in Mouscron, formerly called the ‘Folklore Museum'. In June 2015, as the V+ exhibition opens in Bozar, construction is under way in Mouscron. The shell of the building has almost been completed, and the outline of the future [...]
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Publication date
08/08/17

Author(s)
Audrey Contesse

Link
www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/actualites/Architecte_emergent_PRIX_MIES_2017___Logements_Navez_par_MSA_V_/574/

Navez housing, Brussels by MSA & V+ - Emerging Prize – EU Mies Award

MSA (Benoit Moritz, Alain and Jean-Marc Simon) and V+ (Jörn Bihain and Thierry Decuypere) have shared the same conviction for the past fifteen years: “an architectural project is a form of action in relation to a situation and not the signature of an author”. The Navez project has come into being based on this conviction and something of a ‘blood pact’ between these two architectural [...]
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Publication date
07/03/17

Author(s)
Nathalie Cobbaut

Bibliographic reference
Architectures Wallonie-Bruxelles Inventaires # 2 Inventories 2013-2016

Link
www.wbarchitectures.be/en/publications/Architectures_Wallonie-Bruxelles_Inventaires___2_Inventories_2013-2016/516

Entrance of the city - A building acting as a watchtower

The architects firm MS-A (in partnership with V+ ) took on the bold challenge of attempting to turn a building into a city gate. Their architectural brief: rearrange an unlikely plot of land to erect a building on it and create five housing units for underprivileged families, while giving it enough strength to withstand a hostile environment and enough style to bring added value to the [...]
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Publication date
07/03/17

Author(s)
William Mann

Bibliographic reference
Architectures Wallonie-Bruxelles Inventaires # 2 Inventories 2013-2016

Link
www.wbarchitectures.be/en/publications/Architectures_Wallonie-Bruxelles_Inventaires___2_Inventories_2013-2016/516

The necessity of redoing everything once again...

The architect's gestures are played out in the here and now – through the fog of received ideas, practical conventions and fashions – but they point away from the present. Our lines and words negotiate a future, and calibrate distances to multiple pasts. Lines, words, pixels, scraps of card or plastic: our tools are insubstantial, but they are all we have to steer a course between the rock of [...]
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Publication date
24/10/16

Author(s)
Xavier Lelion et Anne Sophie Nottebaert

Bibliographic reference
Architectures Wallonie-Bruxelles Inventaires # 2 Inventories 2013-2016

Link
www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/Architectures_Wallonie-Bruxelles_Inventaires___2_Inventories_2013-2016/516/

"Foreword" Architectures Wallonie-Bruxelles # 2 Inventories 2013-2016

Since it came out, the publication Inventaires is an opportunity to react to, evaluate and account for architecture and its creators in Wallonia and Brussels. The period 2013-2016 was marked by the presence of our architects in the media in Belgium and abroad. Publications, exhibitions, and participation welcomed in the biennials... The confidence in our project creators has started to grow. [...]
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Publication date
12/09/16

Author(s)
architectsassoc

Carte blanche : architectesassoc. - "Architecture of necessity"

architectesassoc. was invited last spring by the curators of the exhibition ARCHITECTURE OF NECESSITY, an international triennial event encouraging «discussions about the fundamental values of architecture», to submit a proposal for 2016. GREENBIZZ, a deeply engaged project completed this year by architectesassoc. was presented. Held in Sweden at the Virserums Konsthall, ARCHITECTURE [...]
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Publication date
21/06/16

INTERVIEW: Bernard Dubois, Brussels-based architect

WBA - A quick glance at your work shows us that your firm has carried out the vast majority of its projects abroad. Is that a conscious choice?   BD - Most of my projects to date are the result of private orders. I happen to have some friends in cities such as Paris or Milan who were soon asking me to carry out small projects for them. Gradually, those projects expanded and gave rise to [...]
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Publication date
04/02/16

INTERVIEW: Maxime Delvaux, young architectural photographer from Brussels

WBA – How did your choose to head towards the specific field of architectural photography? MD – During my studies, I took a great interest in the landscape photography, mainly in the Düsseldorf School (The Bechers, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Axel Hütte, Candida Höfer, …). During that time, the fate has decided I meet architecture students, with whom I visited a lot of projects I [...]
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Publication date
04/01/16

Author(s)
Valéry Didelon

Bibliographic reference
D'architectures, n°241 déc. / janv. 2016, Dossier Wallonie-Bruxelles

website
www.darchitectures.com/da-numero-241.html

entrer: five architectures in Belgium

The architecture of Wallonia and Brussels is attracting more and more attention outside the borders of the kingdom of Belgium. This became clear once again this autumn with an exhibition, a catalogue and a series of meetings and conferences in Paris. Barring the use of rarely convincing facsimiles, architecture itself cannot be exhibited. It can be visited, but cannot be brought within the [...]
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Publication date
04/01/16

Author(s)
Richard Scoffier

Bibliographic reference
D'architectures, n°241 déc. / janv. 2016, Dossier Wallonie-Bruxelles

website
www.darchitectures.com/da-numero-241.html

entrer: Talk, discuss, negotiate

The extremely interesting exhibition "entrer:", which is on until the 12th of January 2016 at the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles in Paris, and the last throes of the Mons European Capital of Culture give us an opportunity to take a good look at contemporary architecture in French-speaking Belgium, six years after we published a dossier on the same theme in Issue 183 of June 2009. If it is possible to [...]
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Publication date
17/12/15

Author(s)
Emmanuel Caille

Bibliographic reference
D'architectures, n°241 déc. / janv. 2016, Dossier Wallonie-Bruxelles

website
www.darchitectures.com/da-numero-241.html

"Je suis Molenbeek"

Editorial by Emmanuel Caille, editor-in-chief of the French magazine d’architectures :   Je suis Molenbeek   Lorsque nous avons entrepris de réaliser un dossier sur l'architecture de la communauté de Wallonie-Bruxelles, nous n'imaginions pas que l'un des lieux où elle se déploie avec le plus d'acuité subirait en quelques jours l'opprobre international. [...]
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Publication date
27/11/15

Author(s)
Asli Çiçek

Bibliographic reference
http://www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/entrer__/443/

website
www.entrer.be

entrer: Gigogne + L'Escaut - "Confrontations"

To convert the chapel of the Ursulines convent in Mons into the Artothèque, the architects of Atelier Gigogne + L'Escaut inserted a volume that bears witness to the present in a past that is taken into account but can no longer be changed. In 1952 German architect Hans Döllgast was commissioned to renovate the Alte Pinakothek in Munich. Originally designed by Leo von Klenze in 1836 as the [...]
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Publication date
23/11/15

Author(s)
Sebastian Redecke

Bibliographic reference
http://www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/entrer__/443/

website
www.entrer.be

entrer: Vers.A - "A garden pavilion?"

By containing an almost schizophrenic programme in a sober architecture nestled in the Flemish Ardennes, the architects of Vers.A added 'spiritual elan' to the preconceived idea of the garden pavilion. A garden pavilion? The timber construction should not be regarded, as its appearance suggests, as a small annex or refuge secluded among the trees. Its floor area is even larger than the [...]
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Publication date
23/11/15

Author(s)
Pierre Chabard

Bibliographic reference
http://www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/entrer__/443/

website
www.entrer.be

entrer: Baumans-Deffet - "Delivering a landscape"

Contrary to popular belief, the best part of an architect's work is sometimes invisible. This is true of the work of Arlette Baumans & Bernard Deffet on the long and uncertain conversion of the Interlac dairy factory in Dison (2001–15) to literally deliver this landscape. On this late and nonchalant afternoon in July, now that the lunchtime rush is over, the terrace of the brasserie [...]
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Publication date
19/10/15

Author(s)
Phineas Harper

Bibliographic reference
http://www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/entrer__/443/

website
www.entrer.be

entrer: Baukunst - "Embracing contradictions"

In Spa, Baukunst upturned the base instructions to reorganize the whole sports centre of La Fraineuse: instead of pavilions scattered across the site, they preferred to reorganize the flows, highlighting what already existed and concentrating the architectural intervention in a single new building creating an aesthetic dialogue simultaneous with the great modern masters and eighteenth-century [...]
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Publication date
19/10/15

Author(s)
Francesco Della Casa

Bibliographic reference
http://www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/entrer__/443/

website
www.entrer.be

entrer: MSA - "A baroque footbridge"

The plan for a footbridge across Place Verboeckhoven in Schaerbeek is much more than an engineered structure. It restores the symbolic continuity of a historic axis in the Brussels metropolis and is part and parcel of an urban revitalization and social cohesion project in the context of the Navez-Portaels District Contract. A look at some early maps shows that the creation in 1878 of an [...]
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Publication date
04/06/15

Author(s)
A2M

Carte blanche: A2M - 'To infinity... and beyond!'

Travel often gives us the distance we need to understand where we come from. In the course of projects, training courses and lectures delivered worldwide, and through their various publications, the A2M team have been able to see for themselves the international position and impact enjoyed by architecture from Belgium, and Brussels in particular. These conferences, discussions and meetings have [...]
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