Architecture in Flanders is the subject of a lively design and research culture and is garnering increasing international attention. This dynamic process has been documented since the 1990s in the series of Architectural Review Flanders, which the VAi publishes every two years.
The projects which have been gathered in this Architectural Review Flanders show that architecture in Flanders is an exploration of the key task of building. But the remarkable buildings and urban planning projects also make an important and at times surprising contribution to the living environment and illustrate the region’s cultural dynamic.
The excellent architectural production of the last two years is critically reviewed in this book – in words and in imagery. This selection of exceptional projects, which is both a manifesto and a reference book, can be used to define a collective project for Flanders. In 11 articles authors from across Europe examine the strategies and interventions of designers in daily life and their impact on spatial design in one of the most densely populated regions of Europe. Photographers from diverse backgrounds portray the projects in their own way highlighting new, different perspectives on contemporary architecture. 'Radical Commonplaces – European Architecture in Flanders' offers a great selection of amazing buildings which enter into a dialogue with European architectural culture..
The renewed Architectural Review Flanders is launched simultaneously with the international double exhibition 'The Ambition of the Territory' in the Belgian pavilion during the Architecture Biennale of Venice and at the International Arts Campus deSingel in Antwerp. 'The Ambition of the Territory’ and 'Radical Commonplaces – European architecture in Flanders' are indispensable tools for anyone wishing to keep up to date with architectural production in Flanders and Europe and the reflection on the future of this region.
Architecture by 51N4E, de vylder vinck taillieu architects, Atelier JPLX, awg architects with MTD Landscape Architects and biq urban design, De Smet Vermeulen Architects, Diener & Diener Architekten, Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, Indra Janda, Marie -José Van Hee Architects, Neutelings Riedijk Architects, Ney & Partners, noAarchitecten, Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen – Bureau Goddeeris Architects, Robbrecht & Daem Architects and many more.