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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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Stay or become a member 2024

Debate
14.03
The young city
Study day: exclusive inclusive

B-ILD, Carton123 + Maxime Prananto, Stand van Zaken
LZSB, Jes, Omar Kashmiry

2024 is the year of Ghent European Youth Capital, the outspoken opportunity for young people, organisations and institutions to write a participatory story for Ghent together and to include young people as important actors in shaping the furture of the city. We are part of this broader programme with a study day in March. What are the challenges for the city of tomorrow according to those who are young today?

Lecture
16.04
Scarcity - wealth
On creating opportunities out of scarcity

Shingo Masuda + Katsuhisa Otsubo Architects (JP)
Richard Venlet

Triennial Bruges 2024 explores the city’s latent potential with their theme Spaces of Possibility. The theme invites us to leave the beaten track, get inspired and marvel at how things can be done. An exercise in imagination; a look at what Bruges, and cities in general, can be today and in the future. Contemporary art and architecture are used to enable a spatial or mental shift.

Visit
18.05
Charleroi
Beyond the mining town

Charleroi was once a prosperous mining town. Those golden days came to an end with the closure of the last coal mine in the 1960s. The city suffered from the collapse of the local economy. The industrial metropolis of yesteryear had to find a new lease of life. That transformation is in full swing. A lot of urban renewal sites, with many innovative and atypical initiatives, are leading to a complete post-industrial metamorphosis. By bicycle, we discover this city’s assets and potential.

Lecture
30.05
Birds
From the poetry of encounter to society 2.0 in a bird's-eye view

Studio Ossidiana (NL)
Bureau Stadsnatuur (NL)

We are putting nature to quite a test: the climate is changing rapidly and biodiversity is eroding. We share our cities with countless humans, animals, insects, trees, plants, fungi and microbes. The human wrongly puts itself at the centre. It is time to listen to nature and give its voice a place in our society. We follow the trail of birds. A bird’s eye view of the city is a favourite perspective for urban planners, but what does the city really look like to a bird?

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
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.

Trip
TBD 10
China
Balancing between tradition and future
Period: autumn holidays

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!

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.

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.

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.