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Heritage in competition

The role of architecture contests

Lecture by Maarten Liefooghe, professor UGent.
Architecture competitions such as Open Call and WinVorm, have given the public building culture an important impulse since the turn of the century, and have increased the sense of ambitious experiment. This lecture examines the way in which competition projects with an intervention in important heritage not only provides their own interpretation of a task, but sometimes also of the relevant heritage. This is in tension with (the illusion of) a static and purely scientific heritage valuation. Heritage, on the other hand, comes into the picture as repeatedly co-produced in the present, and architecture is highlighted as a prominent interpretive practice and as a technical-cultural medium for curating heritage.

Photo 1: Malgorzata Olchowska, “The inherited city”, 2019 from the “Open Call” exhibition, photo: Michiel De Cleene.
Photo 2: Malgorzata Olchowska, “Archipelago of small and medium-sized cities”, 2019 from the “Open Call” exhibition, photo: Michiel De Cleene.



Th 10 September 2020 20:00



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