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Trip Along Flemish roads # 01 /05/2017

West & Oost-Vlaanderen +West- Vlaams-Brabant,

This spring we’re off on a journey, not on an exotic destination like Chandigarh or Naoshima, but to the Flemish hinterland where the names of the hamlets vaguely sounds familiar and where cyclists tracks are guiding us.

Debate 2nd city debate 'Bruges makes space'

Sint-Lodewijkscollege, Brugge

How does Bruges deal with the growing demand for specific facilities? How can Bruges avoid the threatening split between young and old by no longer offering sectoral solutions, but just focusing on what we can do together better?

Lecture Sophisticated material culture

VMM-zaal, Aalst

“We would want to be seen as architects, not accepting conventions, but understanding them. We want to establish a material culture that is more substantial and sophisticated than any voluntarist architecture aesthetics, but we also want to get over this and show what is missing. “

De Smet Vermeulen

Henk De Smet (°Bruges, 1954) graduated in 1979 as an architect at the HSLI Ghent and Brussels. Until 1982 he worked as a technical consultant for non-profit organization PROTOS (Project for Technical Cooperation) for construction projects in Haiti. In 1989 began working with Paul Vermeulen. Since 1993 he has worked at the KU Leuven, where since 2003 he leads the “studio sustainable building” and was appointed in 2006 as professor. In addition, he supervised include the Master Pilot 2007 Kortrijk Team Flemish Government Architect and the workshops Contemporary Architecture and Reconstruction in Flanders for Vai.
Paul Vermeulen (Bruges, 1962) graduated in 1985 as ir. architect at the KU Leuven. As a research assistant he conducted later research in Indonesia (Bandung); Thailand (Bangkok) and Algeria (Algiers). In 1989 he began his collaboration with Henk De Smet. He writes about architecture since 1986 and worked from 1996 to 2000 as editor for Archis. During different periods he worked as assistant design practice at the KU Leuven (1991-1995, 2000-2006) and as a teacher, both at the KU Leuven (architecture critic, 1994-2006) and TU Delft (2006-2007, 2008-2014 ). Since 2007 he is member of the Advisory Committee on Architectural Heritage Ostend and since 2011 he is Chairman of the Quality Room Monuments and Architecture, Ghent. He was a juror for various competitions, including the Golden Pyramid (Price of Client Netherlands, 2003) and the competition for the Military Hospital Antwerp organized by Vespa (2005). In 2011 he received the Flemish Community Prize for Architecture (Flemish Cultural Award 2010-11).