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On the studio 2019-20

Masters thesis ON CONTINUITY AND IDENTITY
Academic year 2019-20, Ghent

Promotor: Ignaas Back

Generous architecture encourages people to create new meaning, with a focus on remembering the past and embracing the future. The design studio aims to safeguard and reactivate natural knowledge, or 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.

Although as architects we are essentially dealing with material culture, we feel the need to activate and invigorate the often intangible and ineffable elements of local traditions, rather than collecting, inventorying and exhibiting buildings, styles and objects in an aim to safeguard the memory of traditional and sustainable ways. We therefore believe that it is precisely the continuity of a living tradition that identifies people and creates a sense of belonging.

We currently work in Nepal (‘post-school’ project), the Democratic Republic of Congo (‘des centres généreux’), Greenland (Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit) and Peru (ecological village in the valley of Pisac).

View the studio presentation as pdf here.