Historicizing and reframing sustainable architecture in the tropics: the politics of climate and technoscience
Lecture by Dr. Jiat-Hwee Chang, Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, 21 February 2017, 18h00, Campus Boekentoren, J. Plateaustraat 22, B-9000 Gent, aud F (introduction by prof. J. Lagae)
This event is the third lecture in a series on the theme “Architectural and Urban Sustainability in Africa. Current discourses and practices. A critical evaluation”, initiated by Johan Lagae & Michiel Dehaene, with the support of VLIR-UOS, the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning (UGent) and the Ghent Africa Platform (GAP).
What is the meaning of craftsmanship in the era of digital production? Vlad Ionescu, postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Architecture and Arts (Hasselt University) discusses in this essay the role of technology in craftsmanship and its impact on artmaking in the light of a confrontation between the art theory of Aloïs Riegl and Frank Lloyd Wright. The author proposes a contemporary interpretation of applied arts as implied art, a form of art between fine art and design that describes human life, its experiences and the occasional poverty thereof. (Published in collaboration with Hasselt University).
Applied Arts, Implied Art: Craftsmanship and Technology in the Age of Art Industry
Wednesday 14 December, 17:30, Labo S, Campus Boekentoren, J. Plateaustraat 22, Gent
Prof. Richard Plunz (Columbia University)
The social media revolution is producing a new generation of urban design and planning tools that can augment reading of urban public space and management of next generation distributed urban infrastructure. Deployment of social data analytics has the potential for real-time understanding of the occupation characteristics of public space; from real-time configurations of occupation densities to detailed understanding of diverse cognitive factors related to the users. The outcome is new predictive modeling that is more robust than any of the normative techniques now in common practice. Two case studies for New York City will be examined: an app and web-based platform for managing new storm water infrastructure, and a crowd sourced platform for defining public space usage through Twitter-based sentiment analytics. Both are in development at the Earth Institute Urban Design Lab at Columbia University.
Session “African Urban (History) Matters. Collaborative Research between UGent and UWC/UNIKIN”, GAPSYM10, 8 December 2017
On 8 & 9 December 2016, the Gent Afrika Platform of Ghent University (GAP) is organizing the 10th edition of its annual symposium GAPSYM. Because of this jubilee edition, the symposium will focus primarily on the structural collaboration in teaching and research between UGent and African partner institutions.
Under the title “African Urban (History) Matters” prof. Johan Lagae and prof. Michiel Dehaene are organizing a session in which they will present results of a long lasting collaboration in the field of master dissertations, research projects and publications between the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning of UGent and two African partners: the University of Western Cape (Cape Town, South Africa) and the Université de Kinshasa (Kinshasa, DR Congo). Participants for UWC are prof. Premesh Lalu, prof. Patricia Hayes and dr. Bradley Rink; prof. Jacob Sabakinu Kivilu will present UNIKIN. For the department, apart from the two chairs, Luce Beeckmans will also participate in the discussions.
On 8 December prof. Premesh Lalu will give a keynote lecture. The same day, at 17h00, there will be a book launch on the South African photographer Yasser Booley. On wednesday 7 December, 16h00, dr. Bradley Rink will give a guest lecture on his own research.
For more info on GAPSYM10, see: http://www.gap.ugent.be/GAPSYM10
Session: African Urban (History) Matters. Collaborative Research between UGent and UWC/UNIKIN
Lecture by Dr Bradley Rink, Department of Geography, Environmental Studies & Tourism, University of the Western Cape, 7 December 2016, 16h00, Campus Boekentoren, J. Plateaustraat 22, B-9000 Gent, aud F (introduction by prof. Michiel Dehaene)
In this lecture Bradley Rink will reflect on recent empirical studies in the city of Cape Town where he interrogates architectures of enclosure in the contemporary African city. The research undertaken investigates the role of city improvement districts (CIDs) and cultural quarters in the intervention and management of mobility within the context of the South African city as evidenced by the Groote Schuur City Improvement District (GSCID) in Cape Town’s southern suburbs, the Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District (VRCID) in the northern suburbs and the urban quarter of De Waterkant in the central business district. Across these varied contexts, he will analyse the development and operationalisation of architectures of mobility and enclosure that define contemporary urbanism in South Africa through the management of mobility and mobile subjects. The results of the collective analysis suggests that these architectures function through the management of mobility—of humans, capital, objects, and information—applying friction or enabling flow differentially to shape the city and its citizens.
This event is the second in a lecture series on the theme “Architectural and Urban Sustainability in Africa. Current discourses and practices. A critical evaluation”, which is initiated by Johan Lagae & Michiel Dehaene, with the support of VLIR-UOS, the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning (UGent) and the Ghent Africa Platform (GAP). The following lecture will take place on 21 February 2017 (Prof. Jiat Hwee Chang, University of Singapore).
Poster Lecture Bradley Rink
Paolo Cascone, architect & founder COdesignLab, Napels (IT), “The African Fabbers school”, 21 November 2016, 19h30 – 21h00, Campus Boekentoren, J. Plateaustraat 22, B-9000 Gent, aud E (introduction by prof. Johan Lagae)
Abstract: In this lecture, Paolo Cascone will discuss the theory by practice approach of the African Fabbers project and the challenge of creating innovative educational models for a new generation of architects, designers and artisans. After the urban fabrication laboratories developed for the recent Dakar and Marrakech Biennale, COdesignLab has elaborated the principles of the African Fabbers School as a natural evolution of more than ten years of practice in both research and educational projects in Africa (Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ghana, Morocco etc.). From post-vernacular design to digital fabrication with local materials, from community oriented projects to self-construction processes the project intends to respond to the lack of schools of architecture and design in Africa. Such interdisciplinary approach investigates on the new role of architects and designers as part of a choral process of bridging traditional and advanced technologies with the aim of transforming African cities reconciling nature with tekné.
This event is the start of a lecture series on the theme “Architectural and Urban Sustainability in Africa. Current discourses and practices. A critical evaluation”, which is initiated by Johan Lagae & Michiel Dehaene, with the support of VLIR-UOS, the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning (UGent) and the Ghent Africa Platform (GAP). The next lectures will take place on December 7th 2016 (Prof. Bradley Rink, University of Western Cape, Cape Town (SA)) and medio February 2017 (Prof. Jiat Hwee Chang, University of Singapore).
Johan Lagae, ‘Colonial Infrastructures. Notes on Politics, Building and Bureaucracy in the Former Belgian Congo, La Loge, Brussels, Thursday 10 November 2016, 19h30
In the art-space La Loge in Brussels, the exhibition ‘Le Réduit’ is currently on show in which artist Sven Augustijnen presents an installation with original archival material on the remarkable 1950s project of the Belgian government to build a city and military base in Kamina, Congo. In the context of this exhibition, Johan Lagae will give a talk on the mundane, and at times even banal architecture, designed for the former Belgian colony by often forgotten architects employed by the Public Works Department of the colonial government. This conference is open to the public and forms the closing event of a one-day workshop in La Loge on ‘Colonial Infrastructures’.
Location: La Loge, Kluisstraat / rue de l’Ermitage 86, B-1050 Brussels; language: Engels
More info: http://la-loge.be/event/colonial-infrastructures
For the lecture series ‘Designing Urbanization’ Michiel Dehaene and David Peleman invite various speakers – researchers and architects – who will reflect on specific urban questions that are at stake today in the process of urbanization.
From Wednesday November 16th onwards, between 6pm and 8pm, in Auditorium E
(Jozef Plateaustraat 22, 9000 Gent)
Designing Urbanization Poster
Is the landscape a natural element or a mental construction? How is the landscape evoked in the paintings of the 15th century? When do we see it represented in cartography and what can photography teach us about the evolution of urban landscapes?
The exhibition is motivated by the desire to improve the quality of life in our towns. Brainchild of landscape architect Bas Smets, the exhibition explores the notion of landscape through five forms of artistic expression represented by authoritative figures in their chosen disciplines: Véronique Bücken for painting, Joris Van Grieken and Colin Dupont for engravings and cartography, Bruno Notteboom and Pieter Uyttenhove for photography, Michael R. Roskam and Bouli Lanners for the cinema, and Stefan Devoldere and Kristiaan Borret for landscape architecture.
The exhibition is a highlight of the first edition of the Brussels Urban Landscape Biennial (BULB) – initiated by Celine Fremault, Environment Minister for the Brussels Capital Region.
The paper entitled “Results of Belgian quality control framework for cavity wall insulation” by Arnold Janssens, Marc Delghust and Nathan Van Den Bossche won the Best Paper Award at the Central European Symposium on Building Physics in Dresden.
The paper is the result of several research projects focusing on retrofit cavity wall insulation. Ghent University has developed installations guidelines, and since the implementation of the quality framework in 2012 more than 20.000 construction sites have already been executed. The paper addresses the quality control framework, and shows that on-site measurements of the U-value concur with the calculated values.