Henry van de Velde

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We are an interdisciplinary research group that is active in four areas: Building culture: history & theoryDesign studies and education, Social awareness and design, and Technology and circular design

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News and events


7 December 2022: Studio Stadswaag - The History of the Stadswaag

During this third Stadswaag event, we will search for the origins of the Stadswaag. Inge Bertels will talk to Hugo Soly (Gilbert Van Schoonbeke specialist and professor emeritus of the Free University of Brussels) and Johan Veeckman (archaeologist and deputy coordinator of real estate heritage city of Antwerp)

New publication: Bridging time: The New KMSKA, Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp

Since 1890, the Royal Museum of FIne Arts in Antwerp has been home to a rich collection spanning over seven centuries of art history; from the Flemish Primitives to Expressionists. More recently, the Museum has been enriched by another treasure by the Dutch architectural firm KAAN Architecten. Their restoration work and new design combine a contemporary allure with the glorious but somewhat neglected beauty of the 19th-century landmark. Completely conceiled within the existing museum, the new extension underlines the strength of the original building and its role as heritage witin the rapidly changing city. These contrasting yet dialoguing spaces coexist as two different worlds in one building. The renovation and extension bring together the past, the present and the future in a layered ensemble of time, architecture, history and art. This publication, with contribution by Inge Bertels, documents the result of an extensive renovation, richly illustrated with original drawings, archive material and unique images of the new KMSKA.

New publication: Renovation of Antwerp City Hall: From Bel Étage to Illuminated Floor

This new book on the renovation of Antwerp City Hall, with contribution by Inge Bertels, brings an extensive photographic record of the renovation works and the renovated building, and delves into the complex relationship between design and restoration. The 'Construction site stories' pay tribute to the many expertises and crafts that came together in this comprehensive restoration project.

Call for papers: Educating the Interior Designer

This international conference aims to bring together scholars interested in the history of the education of interior designers. Interior design’s pedagogical practices have been little researched, yet they are vital to understand the discipline’s increasingly autonomous position throughout the 20th century – professionally, economically, and epistemologically. This project is funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and is conducted at the University of Antwerp, Faculty of Design Sciences, and KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture.Please find the call for papers in the link.

3 November 2022, 18.00: EPF Lausanne Superonda Talks: Whole Wood

For the SUPERONDA lecture series, Mario Rinke will discuss the possibilities of wood construction and what we should demand beyond its versatile application.

October - December 2022: Docomomo online evening lectures

Past Events

19 October 2022, 11.30: Ephemeral Permanence, ETH Zurich

Invited by Prof Elli Mosayebi at ETH Zurich, Mario Rinke will talk about research and teaching workshop projects around new material cultures in architectural sustainability.

10-13 July 2022: Summer School on Circularity in the Built Environment

From 10 until 13 July 2022 Bob Geldermans will be a mentor at the Summer School on Circularity in the Built Environment TU Delft). Students from all levels of education (BSc, MSc) as well as PhD researchers are invited to participate in a 3-day intensive workshop.

14 June 2022: AT 7 PM, Eva Storgaard wil participate in the online conference AIC 2022 Sensing Colour (Toronto) with a talk: Polychromic Space: Architectural Agencies of Colour.

6-8 April 2022: Writing MCMH Workshop

From Wednesday 6 April to Friday 8 April, Els De Vos, Selin Geerinckx and Jelle Angillis will participate in the workshop Writing about Middle Class Mass Housing. More info and registration via the link.

1-3 April 2022: Ninth Annual Conference of the Construction History Society

From 1 to 3 April, the Ninth Annual Construction History Society Conference takes place in Cambridge. On 2 April Jelle Angillis will present his research on the use of oral history in construction history.

31 March 2022: Representing Craft/Crafting Representation online event

On 31 March 2022 Eva Storgaard will participate in the online Representing Craft/Crafting Representation talk (by Design History Society), with a presentation on Le Klint pleated lamp shades.

Photo Workshop 2022

On Friday 18 February, Sarah Melsens will participate in a two-day workshop on the position of photography in historical research. She will present her recent work on Construction Photography in Post-Independence Pune (India).

14-15 March 2022: "Lieux Et Enjeux"

On 15 and 16 March, Eva Storgaard and Els Devos will participate in the Seminar "Lieux Et Enjeux, Evolution Of Collective Spaces In Mass Housing". On 15 March, Els De Vos will participate in a round table discussion "Dialectic of collective spaces between Eastern and Western European countries". On 16 March, Eva Storgaard will give a lecture on "Psychological needs in large-scale dwelling developments".

14 January 2022: third interuniversity research seminar on Construction History in Belgium

On 14 January 2022 Jelle Angillis, Joke Van houwenis and Robbe Pacquée will present their ongoing research at the third interuniversity research seminar on Construction History in Belgium (University of Liège). The event will take place in a hybrid format. Registration required.

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