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(20-21) La Cueillette / The Gathering

La Cueillette / The Gathering
“Exploring Indeterminate Growth”

In search of the adaptive capacity of an undervalued building of the recent past…

Team: Robin Schaeverbeke and Tomas Ooms

Engagement: Craftsmanship, Academic year 2020-21, Ghent


The La Cueillette studio is set up as a miniature design studio to explore changing attitudes and responsibilities for present day design practices in an age of climate change and data simulation. La Cueillette inquires limits and boundaries of architectural practices, looking for alternative models for design, learning and their means of production. It does so through a design intervention on an undervalued building of the recent past.

For this year’s rendition of the ‘LaCueilllette’ studio we will direct our focus on the adaptive capacity of abandoned and/or underused buildings of the second half of the XXth century. From a study of the materials, constraints, contexts, programmatic opportunities and conditions of such structures in and around the city we will look for a set of strategic design parameters to transform them. Think of minimal material use; re-using/re-purposing (available) materials, building elements, structures and even buildings in unexpected ways; integration of climate, energy, acoustics; the maximisation and actualisations of spatial qualities amongst other parameters – these will be pivotal elements in your final design proposals.

Teamwork Atlas: You will start in teams with an Urban Exploration. You will discover and map unadapted, unwanted, undervalued, underused buildings of the recent past in Gent. This teamwork results in a Collective Studio Atlas.

Individual Design: Based on the Collective Studio Atlas  you will develop a design proposal for one of the discovered buildings. This proposal is about unlocking the spatial potential of that building. The intention is to ‘free’ hidden, underused, undervalued (urban) space and adapt it for appropriation. You will design a project with a civic potential and impact.



Further description:

Central to the ‘LaCueilllette’ studio is the idea of integrated practice – implying that different stakeholders and/or experts collaborate to arrive at a more profound model or proposal. The concept of integrated practice doubles as a metaphor to investigate generative and imaginative possibilities of data – as a medium and design tool.

The ‘LaCueilllette’ studio aims to study contemporary design issues from multiple points of view. As a member of a community of practice you will be provided the space to develop personal roles and strategies to collectively investigate the adaptive capacity of an undervalued building of the recent past. The studio will collaboratively explore and resolve design paradoxes and conflicting views using a combination of physical models, extended drawings, design-based artefacts, and data simulation each expressing a unique quality or property of the intended proposal clearly relating to the data.

The ‘LaCueilllette’ studio is supported by input lectures, site visits, excursions and conferences. The reviews are organised as Integrated Practice and the studio is concluded with a bespoke symposium. The output of the design studio focuses on the creative development of four crucial documents: (1) a collective Atlas (a book of maps, charts, diagrams, schemes, photos), (2) an augmented physical model (maquette), (3) an extended drawing (section), (4) a tactile data sheet and (5) an annotated abstract.

The La Cueillette / The Gathering Studio is an outlet of the ReVamp AOB Design Studio led by Tomas Ooms and Robin Schaeverbeke.
The La Cueillette / The Gathering Studio is open for students of Architecture and Interior Architecture.

Figure: Indeterminate growth in Botany refers to a shoot not having all the axes terminating in a flower bud and so potentially of indefinite length. (source: Oxford Dictionary; image: Lygodium Japonicum; illustration by Raphael Chiren Gottlieb)

Extended Drawing

Previously: Extended Drawing by Chao Yu


Collective Studio Atlas

Previously Collective Studio Altas


Annotated Abstract

Previously: Annotated Abstract Who Needs Whom by Julie Schumacher The spatial impact of storage is easy to capture if we are talking about tangible objects as books, building materials or even cities. While imagining digital platforms, space doesn’t directly seem to play a major role. Who Needs Whom searches for a way to reflect on the tools […]


Buildings don’t go home at 6 pm

Previously at La Cueillette: Buildings don’t go home at 6 pm Léa Denièle Discovering new narratives of an early 20th century concrete-structure warehouse, at night, triggered a focus on artificial light and how it can generate both unplanned hyper-precise scenarios. This led to consider ‘dark’ enclosed spaces as a rare typology with high architectural potential.


Augmented Models

Previously: Augmented Physical Models.


Online exhibition: FACTURE – Curating Craftsmanship 12/05-12-06

FACTURE Curating Craftsmanship Online Exhibition (Tumblr) Online Exhibition (Instagram) #curatingcraftsmanship #goingpublic_kul #onlineexhibition #wetrekkenonsplan #facture #wunderkammer LAUNCH:  Tuesday 12 May 2020 FINISSAGE: Friday 12 June 2020, 5.30 PM Please register on https://facture.eventbrite.nl in order to receive the link for the closing event ‘FACTURE’ ‘Facture’ is the act, process or manner of making. It is used to indicate […]