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Contact | Secretariaat
Martine Pollier
Zandstraat 324, 8200 Brugge
T +32 50 322 420
info@archipelvzw.be

Theme 2024
Detours

A path often appears unplanned, where it is needed or simply convenient. The ‘elephant path’, for example, cuts a corner, reappears again and again in the neat flowerbeds of the planned city. The secret route to that intimate waterfront vantage point, the short-cut to the bus stop via the back of the supermarket: often informal paths take us to unexpected, interesting places.

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Trip
31.05 02.06
Brutalist London
In search of forgotten pearls

Brutalism is back hip. Buildings once dismissed as ugly are making a comeback. These buildings with their intimidating concrete ‘look’ and severe forms were long maligned and threatened with demolition. Brutalist architecture is experiencing a renaissance today. People everywhere are rising up for the preservation of some of the world’s most iconic buildings. And these voices are ringing louder and prouder than ever.

Visit
16.06
Bruges Triennial WALK
Guided tour “Spaces of Possibility"

The fourth edition of the Bruges Triennial: Spaces of Possibility explores the latent potential of the city. How can a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where preservation is central, deal with concepts such as change and sustainability, and how can contemporary art and architecture create a new framework for these processes?

Explore together with a guide the contemporary art and architecture installations of Bruges Triennial 2024.

Visit
07.09
The sea as margin
Coastal tram from De Panne to Knokke

The coastal tram strings together 67 stops between De Panne and Knokke-Heist. It runs along 67 km of coastline with – along one side – immense views of an endless sea: a unique setting within our increasingly silting urban landscape. The other side, on the other hand, has largely succumbed to real estate.

Lecture
26.09
Inclusive city
On thresholds for and doors to welcoming in-between spaces in the metropolis

&bogdan & BC architects
Globe Aroma

In September, we focus on inclusion, hospitality and diversity in the city. We look at a plan for a centre for drug users and an artistic workplace for artists from the margins. Not because spaces for drug users or artists with a migration story are comparable one-to-one, but because there is an ambition from both projects to create a safe environment that can offer perspective to people in precarious situations and, from that environment, have an impact on the hospitality of the city as a whole.

Visit
06.10
Cycling in the architectural city of Ghent
20 laureates for the second Ghent Architecture Prize

What better way to discover Ghent than by bike? Especially for the Day of Architecture, Archipel organises a bicycle route that takes you past a selection of the 20 nominated projects. A bicycle tour of 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Misc.
06.10
Who will win the second Ghent architecture prize?
Ghent Architecture Prize ceremony

The City of Ghent will award an architecture prize for the second time on 6 October 2024. The prize awards recently realised projects on Ghent territory that testify to design strength and innovation and are a lasting enrichment for the city.

Exhibition
06.10 20.10
Exclusief Inclusief - Design event
Exhibition: Designs for Ghent

In 2024, the year of Ghent European Youth Capital, more than 30 studios collaborated on a participatory narrative for Ghent to integrate young people as key actors for life in the city of the future. Their work will be exhibited.

Trip
18.10 02.11
China - group 1
Balancing between tradition and future
FULL!

Registration for group 1 is only possible on the waiting list or in group 2.

In the autumn of 2024, we will visit the Heavenly Realms. Be amazed by the unparalleled splendour hidden behind every corner, and experience an unforgettable adventure in a land driven by boundless stories and impressive architecture!

Lecture
24.10
Trees
Land vs landscape - a conversation with roots

Bureau Bas Smets
Stefano Mancuso (IT) – (TBC)

Humans are sensitive, but so are plants. To learn more (and feel more), we will travel to Kortrijk in October. Humans have five senses, so does a plant, as well as at least 15 others. Plants warn each other with scents about hostile herbivores, form huge networks with their roots and communicate with birds, insects and each other about their environment. Not for nothing do leading scientists now put plants on the same evolutionary step as animals.

Trip
25.10 09.11
China - group 2
Balancing between tradition and future
Still some places available!

In the autumn of 2024, we will visit the Heavenly Realms. Be amazed by the unparalleled splendour hidden behind every corner, and experience an unforgettable adventure in a land driven by boundless stories and impressive architecture!

Lecture
14.11
Living materials
In Vivo or how to ensure a living building?

Bento architecture
Elise Vanden Elsacker

Fungi play an important role in the networks between plants. In November, we zoom in on the potential of these materials in construction. A scientific and a design perspective show the mesmerising, radical implications of mycelium materials on how we can look at building processes in the future. Building maintenance, for example, suddenly takes on a different meaning and becomes rather caring, keeping alive. What are the possibilities of these new living materials? In what ways does it challenge our building logic and subsequently our behaviour?

Lecture
12.12
Lee
On (the right to) be in the public space

Geert Peymen en Pleuntje Jellema (NL)
New South (FR/B)

As the final lecture of working year 2024, we look at the hospitality of public space. We pay attention to the individual experience of space and the need for stillness of its users. This evening, we show practices that incorporate this into the design process, making radically different choices and challenging the architectural discourse.

Misc.
13.12
Archipel Architecture Quiz 2024
Questions from the rich architectural archive

Get your knowledge from under the dust, crack open those books again and prepare!
Here comes the fourth Archipel Architecture Quiz.
We continue the tradition.