Book presentation

Living in Monnikenheide: Care, inclusion and architecture

Coverbeeld boek Monnikenheide Open Room by Richard Venlet - Boekpresentatie Vlaams Architectuurinstituut in DE SINGEL (Beeld: Kurt Deruyter)
25 April 2023
DE SINGEL, Blue Hall

On 25 April, the Flanders Architecture Institute and architect-philosopher Gideon Boie will present a book about the extraordinary health care institution Monnikenheide. In this unique setting in Zoersel, for 50 years high-quality architecture and inclusive care for people with disabilities go hand in hand. During a dazzling program, we will shed light on this unique care center together with the architects, residents, staff and clients involved.

book launch


    • 20:00h: welcome by Olav Grondelaers (Klara Radio)
    • 20:05h: intro by Sofie De Caigny (director Flanders Architecture Institute)
    • 20:10h: Living in Monnikenheide by Gideon Boie (architect-philosopher Bavo / KU Leuven)
    • 20:20h: musical intermezzo by residents Monnikenheide
    • 20:30h: Olav Grondelaers in conversation with:
      • Inge Vervotte (director care organisation Emmaüs)
      • Dirk Somers (Bovenbouw Architectuur)
      • Heleen Verheyden (architect and art historian KU Leuven)
      • Richard Venlet (visual artist)
      • Kris De Koninck (director Monnikenheide)
      • Erik Wieërs (Flemish Government Architect)
    • 20:50h: musical intermezzo by residents Monnikenheide
    • 21:00h: drinks and book sale


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    DE SINGEL, Music Studio


    Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerp


    free, but you need to register

Accessibility for wheelchairs / walking frames

DE SINGEL has 7 parking spaces for people with a disability. Upon production of your car park entry ticket, you can purchase a parking ticket for €5 that is valid all evening. You can also purchase a ticket at the ticket machine for €2 per hour.

There are spaces reserved for wheelchair users in all of our halls. Please contact us in advance at so that we can reserve a space for you.

In the majority of halls, you can walk right up to your seat using your walking frame. Once the performance starts, one of our staff can remove this from the hall for you to ensure that the gangways remain unobstructed. After the performance, a member of staff will ensure that your walking frame is delivered back to you.

Would you like assistance to access the hall? Would you like to borrow a wheelchair from us?
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