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Publication date
03/10/17

Author(s)
Pierre Chabard

Bibliographic reference
http://www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/V__Architecture._Documents_on_5_Projects/421/

V+ - "Stages of an Architectural Trajectory"

In October 2010, the architectural firm V+ won the design competition for the renovation and extension of the museum and garden of “cross-border life 1850–1950”', in Mouscron, formerly called the ‘Folklore Museum'. In June 2015, as the V+ exhibition opens in Bozar, construction is under way in Mouscron. The shell of the building has almost been completed, and the outline of the future edifice is [...]
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Publication date
08/08/17

Author(s)
Audrey Contesse

Link
www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/actualites/Architecte_emergent_PRIX_MIES_2017___Logements_Navez_par_MSA_V_/574/

Navez housing, Brussels by MSA & V+ - Emerging Prize – EU Mies Award

MSA (Benoit Moritz, Alain and Jean-Marc Simon) and V+ (Jörn Bihain and Thierry Decuypere) have shared the same conviction for the past fifteen years: “an architectural project is a form of action in relation to a situation and not the signature of an author”. The Navez project has come into being based on this conviction and something of a ‘blood pact’ between these two architectural practices. [...]
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Publication date
07/03/17

Author(s)
Nathalie Cobbaut

Bibliographic reference
Architectures Wallonie-Bruxelles Inventaires # 2 Inventories 2013-2016

Link
www.wbarchitectures.be/en/publications/Architectures_Wallonie-Bruxelles_Inventaires___2_Inventories_2013-2016/516

Entrance of the city - A building acting as a watchtower

The architects firm MS-A (in partnership with V+ ) took on the bold challenge of attempting to turn a building into a city gate. Their architectural brief: rearrange an unlikely plot of land to erect a building on it and create five housing units for underprivileged families, while giving it enough strength to withstand a hostile environment and enough style to bring added value to the [...]
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Publication date
07/03/17

Author(s)
William Mann

Bibliographic reference
Architectures Wallonie-Bruxelles Inventaires # 2 Inventories 2013-2016

Link
www.wbarchitectures.be/en/publications/Architectures_Wallonie-Bruxelles_Inventaires___2_Inventories_2013-2016/516

The necessity of redoing everything once again...

The architect's gestures are played out in the here and now – through the fog of received ideas, practical conventions and fashions – but they point away from the present. Our lines and words negotiate a future, and calibrate distances to multiple pasts. Lines, words, pixels, scraps of card or plastic: our tools are insubstantial, but they are all we have to steer a course between the rock of [...]
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Publication date
24/10/16

Author(s)
Xavier Lelion et Anne Sophie Nottebaert

Bibliographic reference
Architectures Wallonie-Bruxelles Inventaires # 2 Inventories 2013-2016

Link
www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/Architectures_Wallonie-Bruxelles_Inventaires___2_Inventories_2013-2016/516/

"Foreword" Architectures Wallonie-Bruxelles # 2 Inventories 2013-2016

Since it came out, the publication Inventaires is an opportunity to react to, evaluate and account for architecture and its creators in Wallonia and Brussels. The period 2013-2016 was marked by the presence of our architects in the media in Belgium and abroad. Publications, exhibitions, and participation welcomed in the biennials... The confidence in our project creators has started to grow. [...]
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Publication date
12/09/16

Author(s)
architectsassoc

Carte blanche : architectesassoc. - "Architecture of necessity"

architectesassoc. was invited last spring by the curators of the exhibition ARCHITECTURE OF NECESSITY, an international triennial event encouraging «discussions about the fundamental values of architecture», to submit a proposal for 2016. GREENBIZZ, a deeply engaged project completed this year by architectesassoc. was presented. Held in Sweden at the Virserums Konsthall, ARCHITECTURE [...]
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Publication date
21/06/16

INTERVIEW: Bernard Dubois, Brussels-based architect

WBA - A quick glance at your work shows us that your firm has carried out the vast majority of its projects abroad. Is that a conscious choice?   BD - Most of my projects to date are the result of private orders. I happen to have some friends in cities such as Paris or Milan who were soon asking me to carry out small projects for them. Gradually, those projects expanded and gave rise to [...]
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Publication date
04/02/16

INTERVIEW: Maxime Delvaux, young architectural photographer from Brussels

WBA – How did your choose to head towards the specific field of architectural photography? MD – During my studies, I took a great interest in the landscape photography, mainly in the Düsseldorf School (The Bechers, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Axel Hütte, Candida Höfer, …). During that time, the fate has decided I meet architecture students, with whom I visited a lot of projects I photographed. [...]
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Publication date
04/01/16

Author(s)
Valéry Didelon

Bibliographic reference
D'architectures, n°241 déc. / janv. 2016, Dossier Wallonie-Bruxelles

website
www.darchitectures.com/da-numero-241.html

entrer: five architectures in Belgium

The architecture of Wallonia and Brussels is attracting more and more attention outside the borders of the kingdom of Belgium. This became clear once again this autumn with an exhibition, a catalogue and a series of meetings and conferences in Paris. Barring the use of rarely convincing facsimiles, architecture itself cannot be exhibited. It can be visited, but cannot be brought within the [...]
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Publication date
04/01/16

Author(s)
Richard Scoffier

Bibliographic reference
D'architectures, n°241 déc. / janv. 2016, Dossier Wallonie-Bruxelles

website
www.darchitectures.com/da-numero-241.html

entrer: Talk, discuss, negotiate

The extremely interesting exhibition "entrer:", which is on until the 12th of January 2016 at the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles in Paris, and the last throes of the Mons European Capital of Culture give us an opportunity to take a good look at contemporary architecture in French-speaking Belgium, six years after we published a dossier on the same theme in Issue 183 of June 2009. If it is possible to [...]
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Publication date
17/12/15

Author(s)
Emmanuel Caille

Bibliographic reference
D'architectures, n°241 déc. / janv. 2016, Dossier Wallonie-Bruxelles

website
www.darchitectures.com/da-numero-241.html

"Je suis Molenbeek"

Editorial by Emmanuel Caille, editor-in-chief of the French magazine d’architectures :   Je suis Molenbeek   Lorsque nous avons entrepris de réaliser un dossier sur l'architecture de la communauté de Wallonie-Bruxelles, nous n'imaginions pas que l'un des lieux où elle se déploie avec le plus d'acuité subirait en quelques jours l'opprobre international. [...]
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Publication date
27/11/15

Author(s)
Asli Çiçek

Bibliographic reference
http://www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/entrer__/443/

website
www.entrer.be

entrer: Gigogne + L'Escaut - "Confrontations"

To convert the chapel of the Ursulines convent in Mons into the Artothèque, the architects of Atelier Gigogne + L'Escaut inserted a volume that bears witness to the present in a past that is taken into account but can no longer be changed. In 1952 German architect Hans Döllgast was commissioned to renovate the Alte Pinakothek in Munich. Originally designed by Leo von Klenze in 1836 as the largest [...]
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Publication date
23/11/15

Author(s)
Sebastian Redecke

Bibliographic reference
http://www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/entrer__/443/

website
www.entrer.be

entrer: Vers.A - "A garden pavilion?"

By containing an almost schizophrenic programme in a sober architecture nestled in the Flemish Ardennes, the architects of Vers.A added 'spiritual elan' to the preconceived idea of the garden pavilion. A garden pavilion? The timber construction should not be regarded, as its appearance suggests, as a small annex or refuge secluded among the trees. Its floor area is even larger than the [...]
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Publication date
23/11/15

Author(s)
Pierre Chabard

Bibliographic reference
http://www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/entrer__/443/

website
www.entrer.be

entrer: Baumans-Deffet - "Delivering a landscape"

Contrary to popular belief, the best part of an architect's work is sometimes invisible. This is true of the work of Arlette Baumans & Bernard Deffet on the long and uncertain conversion of the Interlac dairy factory in Dison (2001–15) to literally deliver this landscape. On this late and nonchalant afternoon in July, now that the lunchtime rush is over, the terrace of the brasserie L'Usine [...]
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Publication date
19/10/15

Author(s)
Phineas Harper

Bibliographic reference
http://www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/entrer__/443/

website
www.entrer.be

entrer: Baukunst - "Embracing contradictions"

In Spa, Baukunst upturned the base instructions to reorganize the whole sports centre of La Fraineuse: instead of pavilions scattered across the site, they preferred to reorganize the flows, highlighting what already existed and concentrating the architectural intervention in a single new building creating an aesthetic dialogue simultaneous with the great modern masters and eighteenth-century [...]
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Publication date
19/10/15

Author(s)
Francesco Della Casa

Bibliographic reference
http://www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/entrer__/443/

website
www.entrer.be

entrer: MSA - "A baroque footbridge"

The plan for a footbridge across Place Verboeckhoven in Schaerbeek is much more than an engineered structure. It restores the symbolic continuity of a historic axis in the Brussels metropolis and is part and parcel of an urban revitalization and social cohesion project in the context of the Navez-Portaels District Contract. A look at some early maps shows that the creation in 1878 of an [...]
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Publication date
04/06/15

Author(s)
A2M

Carte blanche: A2M - 'To infinity... and beyond!'

Travel often gives us the distance we need to understand where we come from. In the course of projects, training courses and lectures delivered worldwide, and through their various publications, the A2M team have been able to see for themselves the international position and impact enjoyed by architecture from Belgium, and Brussels in particular. These conferences, discussions and meetings have [...]
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Publication date
31/03/15

Author(s)
L'Escaut

Carte blanche: L'Escaut - "Exporting poetry"

L'Escaut has been working in foreign territories already for ten years, mainly in France. This experience has been a great possibility to develop a network of collaborators and test different folk methods of remote work practice. Above all, it gave an opportunity to integrate into a more favorable work environment than the one in Belgium, and bring a certain exotic touch, based on specific culture [...]
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Publication date
17/02/15

Author(s)
Frederic Haesevoets Architecture

Carte blanche: Frederic Haesevoets - "MIPIM - What Cannes I do?"

MIPIM Cannes is THE international real estate market. Yes, but for whom? For what kind of Architect? In March 2009 I had just turned 30 and recently been entrusted with a flagship project for the agency, that of Herstal town hall. That is when I got my first taste of the MIPIM. Flushed with pride, I had the impression of discovering a world completely foreign to me… a world of sanitised, [...]
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Publication date
21/01/15

Author(s)
Pascal Daspremont - H2A

Carte blanche: H2A - "The international experience of a Walloon office"

"International collaboration is a perilous exercise that calls for appropriate means to be put in place. Is it possible to work with a big name in architecture? What role to take in the creative process? In 1988, when the exhibition dedicated to deconstructivist architects was held at the MOMA, I was a first year architecture student. Names such as Frank Gehry, Peter Eisenman, Zaha Hadid, [...]
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Publication date
05/09/14

Author(s)
Collectif orthodoxe : Julie De Bruyne, Pauline Fockedey, Pacôme Godinot, Jean-Sébastien de Harven, Deborah Levy, Antoine Wang

Bibliographic reference
Architectures Wallonie-Bruxelles Inventaires # 1 Inventories 2010-2013

Link
www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/Architectures_Wallonie-Bruxelles_Inventaires___1_Inventories_2010-2013/227/

"Foreword" Architectures Wallonie-Bruxelles # 1 Inventories 2010-2013

Created three years ago, the Inventaire collection concretizes the ambition of public authorities to report on what is being built, conceived and done in the field of architecture in the Wallonia Brussels Federation. There is a form of ambiguity in this sort of exercise that automatically creates a disparity between the prospective resolve to treat today's production straightaway and the [...]
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Publication date
16/06/14

Author(s)
Equipe Intérieurs. Notes et Figures

website
www.interieurs-notes-figures.be

Interiors. Notes and Figures

Introduction of the book Interiors. Notes and Figures published on the occasion of the presentation of the exhibition of the same name in the Belgian Pavillion at Venice Architecture Biennale 2014. Interiors Forms of life. The interior is not absolute. As a living space, it provides the framework for life, but is itself affected by the lives led within it – by their necessities [...]
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Publication date
01/04/14

Author(s)
Rotor

website
rotordb.org/project/2013_OAT

Sustainability through Rotor's eyes

Behind the Green Door started out as a research and exhibition project. The publication of the book, as a kind of commemorative catalogue, marks a high point in this process, and not necessarily its end. The exhibition conceived for the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture as part of the Oslo Architecture Triennial, is currently on display at the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) in [...]
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Publication date
29/11/13

Author(s)
Gilles Vanderstocken et Charlotte Lafont-Hugo

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the most fascinating cities for architects. The city is a laboratory for high-density vertical environment and efficient use of it. Hong Kong «represents a condition that has been advocated by Jane Jacobs's classic text of 1961, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, which argued for high densities, mixed uses, mixed schedules of operation, and good connection in and [...]
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Publication date
09/10/13

Author(s)
Jean-Didier Bergilez

Bibliographic reference
Dithyrambes. [Re]nouveaux Plaisirs d'Architecture #3

Link
www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/Dithyrambes.__Re_nouveaux_Plaisirs_d_Architecture__3/164/

"(Re)Nouveaux Plaisirs d'Architecture #3"

Opening And so deliciously that trumpet blows On evenings of celestial harvestings, It makes a rapture in the hearts of those Whose love and praise it sings. Charles Baudelaire, “The Unforeseen”, in Les Fleurs du Mal   [Re]Nouveaux Plaisirs d'Architecture #3   Although some argue that architecture is gradually (re)becoming a cultural discipline in French-speaking Belgium, it [...]
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Publication date
07/02/13

Author(s)
Li Mei Tsien – B612associates/ Li An Tsien - ATOL

Link
www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/actions/Conferences__Creating_Breathing_Spaces__a_Shenzhen/134/

"Breathing Spaces : intensity rather than density"

Belgian architects and urban planners have, for centuries, created a very specific way of perceiving and conceiving space, allowing them to build places and cities that have a soul and in which every stroll takes you to breathing spaces for everybody and for all. Bruges, Tournai, Anvers, Liege, Brussels, are all cities in which the urban fabric has been woven,over the course of centuries, [...]
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Publication date
08/10/12

Author(s)
Cédric Libert

Bibliographic reference
(Un)city – (Un)real State of the (un)known, publication of WBA's exhibition at Istanbul Design Biennial

Link
www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/_Un_City____Un_Real_State_of_the__Un_Known_2eme_edition/234/

"Foreword" in (Un)city - (Un)real State of the (un)known

“Architecture is not designing buildings. Architecture is dividing the world between big spaces and small spaces.” Hideyuki Nakayama during a conversation with Cedric Libert, Tokyo 15th august 2012.   Order   Pronounced by Hideyuki Nakayama as he was explaining one of his projects, the enigmatic sentence could be a starting point for there ading of this text. Indeed, reducing [...]
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Publication date
28/03/12

Author(s)
Audrey Contesse

Bibliographic reference
"Foreword" in Belgian architecture beyond Belgium, p. 30

Link
www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/Belgian_Architecture_Beyond_Belgium/74/

"Is there a Belgian specificity to the export of architecture?"

[…] "Another question worth asking is that of the Belgian specificity of exporting architecture, and thus the question as to whether it implies the export of a certain practice of architecture, or the figure of the architects themselves? In his introduction to this special issue, the Ghent-based academic Johan Lagae traces the development in this field from the 19th century onwards, and raises [...]
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Publication date
27/09/11

Author(s)
Aurore Boraczek

Bibliographic reference
Architectures Wallonie-Bruxelles, Inventaires #0 Inventories 2005-2010, p. 203

Link
www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/Inventaires__0/1/

"The quest for new horizons"

 [...] The creation of Wallonia-Brussels Architectures (WBA) can be seen as a public response that officialises, on the one hand, the qualities of architectural practices in the French-speaking Community and, on the other hand, the overlapping desires of our architects, between the quest to obtain recognition for their creative specificity and the need to win new contracts or partnerships. [...]
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Publication date
26/09/11

Author(s)
Géry Leloutre

Bibliographic reference
Architectures Wallonie-Bruxelles, Inventaires #0 Inventories 2005-2010, p. 77

Link
www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/Inventaires__0/1/

"Urban and territorial management"

 [...] Using the landscape as a public space But whatever the type of process, what is important is the evolution itself: a shift in the focus of interest of programme designers towards the landscape, seen as a space to be used. The creation of an underground car park underneath the esplanade in Ath by the architects Holoffe–Vermeersch seems to have been merely a pretext for reinventing a [...]
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Publication date
15/04/11

Author(s)
Rafaël Magrou

Bibliographic reference
Architectures Wallonie-Bruxelles, Inventaires #0 Inventories 2005-2010, p. 213

Link
www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/Inventaires__0/1/

"Architectural ambitions, a new type of architects"

The view across the border.
The architectural panorama of French-speaking Belgium remained a mystery to me until a year ago, when an excursion revealed the talents and dynamics in this field*. Little exported, lacking representativeness through projects abroad  [...] and enjoying little coverage in the international press, this production embodies a discrete but real (r)evolution that
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Publication date
15/04/11

Author(s)
Hans Ibelings

Bibliographic reference
Architectures Wallonie-Bruxelles, Inventaires #0 Inventories, 2001-2010, p. 217

Link
www.wbarchitectures.be/fr/publications/Inventaires__0/1/

"A marginal role at the heart of Europe"

Seen from the European perspective adopted by the A10 New European Architecture journal, it is safe to say that architecture has become a booming sector in the French-speaking Community Wallonia-Brussels over the past few years. From the very first issues published in the winter of 2004/2005, architects and architectural designs in the French-speaking Community Wallonia-Brussels have consistently [...]

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