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Going Public 2021

Design can be uniting, soothing, provoking, pleasing or disturbing. In times when there are so many urgent societal and environmental issues in need of systemic change, spatial design can add some crucial insights in, and contributions to these complexities. The Faculty of Architecture of KU Leuven with campuses in Ghent and Brussels, is fully aware of its place in the current global arena. It is creating and disseminating knowledge on architecture, urbanism and the architect’s possible roles in society.

The GOING PUBLIC program of the Faculty of Architecture of the KU Leuven is highlighting the current debates in the studios, courses and research groups. By showing the work done and testing ideas in an international context, the program brings both international discourse to the faculty and -vice versa- internal discussions to the world. It consists of a lecture series, exhibitions and publications.
The program is roughly organized around the four Engagements that form the design studio landscape of the faculty each with a specific focus and conception of what architecture can or should be. The four Engagements are: Craftsmanship, Legacy, Mediating Tactics, Urban Cultures. A fifth engagement The Brussels Way is only related to the Brussels campus. The engagements curators work with the pool of tutors to formulate their approach and highlight year themes.

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Engagements 2021

For 2021 the engagement themes are: CRAFTSMANSHIP LEGACY MEDIATING TACTICS URBAN CULTURES A fifth engagement ‘The Brussels Way‘ is only related to the Brussels campus: The Brussels Way stands for the challenging practice of architecture in the midst of complex urban realities. The embedment of the Brussels campus in the metropolitan context offers an opportunity […]

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Lectures

The lecture series within the Going Public program is geared towards an international audience inside and outside the Faculty of Architecture. Therefore, all lectures are in English and have a scope that potentially reaches a wide audience. The lectures can highlight on the one hand a theme that is currently addressed in (one of) the […]

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Exhibitions

Once a year each Engagement organizes an exhibition that highlights the year theme. The exhibitions will be on either the Brussels or Ghent campus. It can be highlighting the outcome of one or several studio’s; the work of one or a few of the tutors; or a thematic exhibition with external participants (f.i. one of […]

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Publications

Each year one publication will be produced with all the Engagements highlighting specific topics within the year themes. The publications will be distributed via tutors and staff but also as supplement to an architectural magazine to reach an international broad audience. The publications will involve studio work and research and represent a large part of […]

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Practicalities

Lectures: Wednesday or Thursday nights 5.30 – 7.00 online (zoom) or on campus (check program for extra’s!) Exhibitions: In Brussels Paleizenstraat groundfloor; in Ghent in the Pandgangen, Hoogstraat or Hall De Witte in Sint-Niklaastraat. For more info please send an email to: nieuws.arch@kuleuven.be

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