"Tales of the allotment/Verkavelingsverhalen”
A series of image stories as a status quaestionis about the use of the allotment in Flanders.
Five picture series act as a frame of reflection in relation to the five research themes around the future of the allotment in Flanders of UHasselt faculty of architecture & arts. The themes concern density, energy and re-use, allotment compaction, parochial stories and underutilized public buildings and places.
"Tales of the allotment/Verkavelingsverhalen” is a basis for a broad discussion about possible futures for the Flemish allotment._______(pdf)
(AR)02: Le Corbusier Révisité
Study visit Bachelor 3 Architecture UHasselt faculty of architecture and arts, 30.3. - 1.4.2014
Chapelle de Notre Dame du haut, Ronchamp
Couvent de la Tourette, la Tourette
Unité d’habitation, Marseille
Un grand merci à A. Muller et M. Monnier pour la visite du magasin et de l’appartement dans l’unité d’habitation de Marseille.
(FRAG)01: Tales of the (un)expected
Tales of the unexpected is a series which emerged from the intuition something derailed spatially in Belgium. The images are not exceptional for the Belgian built environment but rather ordinary and typical. Everyone who studies this environment with a clear view will find similar places. I didn’t have to travel far and worked from my immediate neighborhood: two childhood spaces in Genk and morning and evening strolls in my current hometown Hasselt.
(AR)01: Aldo van Eyck / playgrounds
1992: An early foray into architecture photography documenting Aldo van Eycks children's playgrounds for the master thesis.
A two week exploration into the condition and atmosphere of reciprocity between kids and the city using a bike, a notebook, an inherited 6x6 folder camera and a self made panoramic camera.
Kaleido: wondrous collages as fragments of architecture. Are these embodiments of memories or alternative realities? Is this how a four dimensional being looks upon our three dimensions? (Escher/ Vasarely/ Vonnegut/ Tati) Can architecture be funny?
The collages turn the architecture inward, often without context. Formalism is stressed to the extreme. However, sometimes there is a dissonant: a tree, a plant, a human being. Humans being spectators or experiencing (or rather undergoing?) architecture, nature humbling the eternity of concept.
Documentation of the result of a two week live project by master students of Hasselt University.
To revive slow trails and to re-envision ancient existing structures 20 students designed and built several structures at two locations in Hoepertingen (Limburg, Belgium) to extend an existing donkey trail with an active involvement of the local community and stakeholders. The structures were conceived based on three donated and to be re-used materials: Belgian Blue stone, brick and granite cobble stones.
(FRAG)04: A House Unfolded3
(AHU)3: a visual reflection on Belgian house ownership:
(AHU)1: Helping Hand, the support without which the desire for house ownership can’t be realized.
(AHU)2: Küchenglück, a preserving jar to keep the dream come true well protected.
(AHU)3: Birds cage, the prison it may become.
(AR)03: Dom Hans van der Laan, Vaals
After the Vespers:
Sint Benedictusberg Abbey, also Mamelis Abbey, is a Benedictine monastery established in 1922 in Mamelis, Vaals, Netherlands and designed by the architects Dominicus Böhm & Martin Weber.
In 1968 Dom Hans van der Laan designed an extension to the abbey based on his theory of the plastic number.
The picture series shows the abbey church after the Vespers where the low autumn sun is shining through the plastic numbers and playing with the remaining incense.
(AR)04: Peter Firman (5kamers/5rooms)
Research by design by architect Peter Firman about a maximum spatial experience on an ordinary parking lot.
The installation is an anti-decorum of ‘five rooms’ from where one can observe and live the historic surroundings of Mechelen (Malines).
At the same time the five rooms enable the visitor to define his own relationship and distance towards like-minded or passers-by.
The research seminar TACTICS (master (interior) architecture UHasselt Fac-ARK) investigates the exact and strategic use of drawings and models for the discovery of possibilities within the creation of architecture through the transformation and presentation of a project by creation of images and scale models. In 2015 we cooperated with Pierre Hebbelinck and presented the results of our explorations in an exhibition at his atelier.
(Doc)01: Japanese Skills
A discovery of Japanese skills during two elaborate road trips somewhere 2000-2001, also visiting several living national treasures and craftsmen and documenting skills ranging from crafting Hanko stamps, rebuilding lanterns, the creation of Shintō swords, the process of crafting washi paper in all its numerous forms and the process of making classic and modern ceramics.
(Process)01: 216cc Architecture
216cc architecture is the result of an exercise in analyzing architecture where 2nd bachelor architecture students create a traveling group exhibition. Basis of the exercise is the documentation available in the university library where each group of three students chooses one project. Per project three small models (with a maximum volume of 216 cubic centimeters) are made and collected in one protecting poplar wood showcase/box.
The exhibition is presented and discussed outside the university to bring out our knowledge and bring in external reflection.