Book Presentation: As Found. Experiments in Preservation

By DOCOMOMO Belgium / January, 13, 2024 / 0 comments

BOOK PRESENTATION | 25.01.2024, 20:00 | DE SINGEL, Antwerp

In the wake of the exhibition As Found: Experiments in Preservation, the Flanders Architecture Institute launches the catalogue on 25 January. A debate will cover topics such as ‘the choice between demolition or newly built’, ‘energy policy of the future’ and ‘the social impact of transforming existing buildings’.


20:00h welcome + introduction to the publication
by Sofie De Caigny(director, Flanders Architecture Institute)

20:15h panel session with:
David Kohn (founder, David Kohn Architects)
Marie Pirard (researcher, UCLouvain)
Jan De Vylder (architecten Jan de Vylder Inge Vinck)
Bie Plevoets (professor, UHasselt)

21:00h: drinks


Architecture in Flanders and Brussels reflects a unique position in dealing with the existing built environment. Although the experimental approaches vary with different design methodologies, the audacity of the interventions remains, whether it is a medieval structure or a twentieth-century building. This book focuses on seven experimental approaches in preservation today: ensemble, void, reconfiguration, inside out, traces, mirror and nuance. These are explored through essays, realized projects and international references.

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The book serves as a catalogue for the exhibition As Found, on showcase from 6 september 2023 to 17 March 2024 in DE SINGEL, Antwerp. The exhibition focuses on the new relationship between contemporary design and heritage. Using experimental, groundbreaking, (inter)national examples, the exhibition explores the different positions that contemporary designers adopt in relation to existing buildings.

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