The contemporary interior is constantly in the middle of things, it is in everyday life. The interior belongs to us and touches us directly. It is about the proximity of people and things that surround us in a mysterious way, make us remember, tell, mean and desire something.
Interior architecture is also essential. Cities, villages and landscapes have an arsenal of (unused) places that are ready for re-use. We recognize the quality of these places by nurturing them, critically (re) organizing them and finally or temporarily improving them through intelligent and clever interventions. We argue that interior architecture often involves seemingly hidden, simple but relevant interventions in ideas or the existing patrimony. Designing interiors from the existing, thus transcends the individual interest and is therefore socially relevant.
The first manifestations of architecture were in fact internal spaces: beautiful abstract cave paintings point to early living cultures and sacred rituals from the Neolithic period. These hollowed-out spaces were pre-eminently interiors that were one with the environment. Designing interiors is in a sense comparable to sculpting: starting from a solid existing mass to a residue of slow peeling and hollowing out.
More info on the course offer can be found here.
- ELECTIVE: Interiors: this is Belgium
This class introduces International exchange students to both contemporary and historical Belgian interior architecture. Guided or on their own initiative, students visit a selection of projects around Belgium. The presence of either the designers or the inhabitants allows the students to discuss the project on the spot with the people who either designed or inhabit it.
(photo above: Architect Marie-Josee Van Hee showing the students around in her internationally acclaimed private home, Ghent.)
- MIXED MEDIA: Expression – Installation
This studio aims to collect site-specific data in order to analyse and map a chosen location. Students will reply with an intervention: an installation, made-to-measure.
- DESIGN STUDIO
biag65 Design Studio: Explicitstudio:
A Space for ‘Meantime’
– Studying research practices
– Deconstruction of an existing waiting area (care)
– Expressive and tactile modelling (workshop)
– Design space for meantime
Architecture today is mostly characterised by the use of plans based on
standardised notational systems and are therefore inefficient in the
representation of specific and local spatial qualities. These conventional
drawing methods contain generic information and no local insights can be
derived from it. Rather than drawing attention to what is gained by these
standardised methods of making architectural plans this studio will focus on
what may be lost: the unexercised act of attending to local qualities.
Therefore the discipline ‘Cartopology’ will be introduced. Cartopology
combines anthropological fieldwork with cartographical techniques to
document and notate space. By doing so, you will exercise and practice on
drawing that extra layer of mapped local qualities.
biag55 Design Studio: Implement
(More info coming soon)
biag64 Mapping The Field
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- HISTORY & THEORY
maig11 Architecture and sustainability
The main aim of the course is to prepare the students to think critically and develop an understanding and consequent new ideas about sustainability and sustainable architectural practices. The critical thinking and practice, as it relates to current architectural theory and practice, while developing the capacity for generating new sustainability concepts from an architectural perspective, both in the design studio and later in professional practice.
biag61 Public and Private Spaces
This course focusses public and private social constructs that conceptualise different domains of everyday life – from the interiority and privacy of our bodies and homes to the publicness of city streets and public space. Public and private spaces operate at a variety of scales that overlap and intersect, creating a mosaic of spaces and degrees of access. Rarely is a space either public or private; but is instead multi-layered and often disputed physically and politically. The understanding of public and private as psychological, social, and political processes will be addressed in readings and discussions.