On 20 February, the Flanders Architecture Institute and Archipel invite renowned urban planner Matthew Gandy for a double lecture together with the three offices behind the exhibition Urban Nature: 1010 architecture urbanism, Fallow and Grue. What is urban nature? And what can it be? Through sidetracks within the architectural discourse, this double lecture explores other design methods, other insights and examples that fundamentally question the mainstream from an urban ecology, inclusion, young people, birds, temporality... point of view.
Architecture offices 1010, Fallow and Grue explore the transition from the city as a habitat for people to one where fauna and flora are central. Zooming in on urban nature is a plea for nature-inclusive, bio-receptive architecture that inspires designers to give nature a place in their work and sets the stage for a green, biodiverse and healthy city.
In the exhibition Urban Nature, the design teams focus on the past, present and future of nature in architectural production. They show how Léon Stynen and Paul De Meyer, the architects of De Singel, looked at the building in relation to the landscape. How does nature today conquer its place in and around the building? What relationships between artificial and natural life can we expect in the future?
This vision is linked to that of renowned British urban planner and urban ecologist Matthew Gandy, who conducts extensive research on urban nature and published the book Natura Urbana in 2022. Here, he links different perspectives from feminist, postcolonial and posthumanist theories with perspectives within urban ecology. He allows artists, activists, residents and scientists to talk about what "urban nature" can be. He celebrates multi-voiced urban nature, which he sees as at least equal to classical "wild" landscapes.
DE SINGEL (Blue Hall)
Desguinlei 25, 2028 Antwerp
Free, but registration is mandatory
Flanders Architecture Institute in collaboration with De Singel and Archipel
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