In Find myself a city to live in architects Henk De Smet and Paul Vermeulen examine how architectural interventions impact upon the way cities are shaped and used; a balancing act between continuity and change.
‘We want to value the ordinary, and to such an extent that it is no longer regarded as banal’, say Henk De Smet and Paul Vermeulen. The projects they have been working on since establishing their office in the late 1980s illustrate this attitude: compositions and structures in which ordinary elements acquire new meaning, and architecture that is at the service of the public space.
Urban development from the bottom up
De Smet and Vermeulen deliberately choose to work in a broad field, one that also includes urban design and advisory studies. They view the architectural project as ‘urban development from the bottom up’. In this vein, they designed and built the offices of the Flanders Environment Agency in Aalst, a model project for urban renewal and sustainable building that won the Belgian Building Award and the Client Award (2005). In Antwerp, they were involved in the Intergenerational Housing on the Left Bank project (Intergenerationeel Wonen LinkerOever, IGLO for which they designed, as architects, a crèche and residential care centre.
open from Wednesday to Sunday from 14.00 to 18.00 hours and at evening performances, closed Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays (closed on Sunday 16 April)
admission: 5 euros
tickets for sale at the exhibition entrance
vernissage on Thursday 9 Feb 2017 at 8pm in the Blue Hall
- Introduction by Bart Tritsmans (exhibitions Flanders Architecture Institute)
- Presentation by Elsbeth Ronner ( Lilith Ronner van Hooijdonk)
- Find mysef a city to live in by Henk De Smet and Paul Vermeulen (De Smet Vermeulen architecten)
- Outro by Christoph Grafe (director Flanders Architecture Institute)
- Visit exhibition and reception
Two exhibitions for the prize of one
When visiting Find myself a city to live in you can also enter the world of Microcosm, the first edition of the Architecture Cabinet. Take a glimpse of some of the treasures to be found in architectural archives and collections.
Guided tours on Sundays 12/03/2017 and 14/05/2017 at 14.00. Cost: 5 euro. Reservation is required via [email protected] or + 32 248 28 28. A group tour by appointment is possible, maximum 20 people, 60 euros, book via www.antwerpenaverechts.be
production Flanders Architecture Institute and deSingel International Arts Campus
curators Henk De Smet and Paul Vermeulen
with the support of Flemisch Govenrment