Bart Decroos (PhD) is an architect and writer based in Antwerp. He obtained his doctoral degree (fellowship of the Research Foundation Flanders FWO) at the University of Antwerp with a dissertation titled The Ecological Sensibility: Between Ruskin and Banham. His research focuses on the intersection of ecological theory, modern architecture history, and contemporary practices. Additionally, he is an editor at OASE Journal for Architecture and writes regularly for architecture magazines. Previously, he worked at the Flanders Architecture Institute and architecten de vylder vinck taillieu.
The ‘project’ that impacted me the most during my architecture studies and to which I keep returning as a reference, is the novel Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. Although not a work of architecture and not even really a book about architecture, it nonetheless captures most what architecture is about: the intertwinement of physical space with human and non-human lives, memories, histories, stories and imagination.