Publications of Benoît Vandenbulcke
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See detailTour d'Horizon
Vandenbulcke, Benoît ULiege; Fallon, Harold; Burquel, Benoit

in Practices in Research (2021)

The second issue of Practices in Research is a project of the interuniversity research group In Practice, supported by ULiège, KU Leuven and ULB. ‘In Practice’ invites practicing architects to explore the ... [more ▼]

The second issue of Practices in Research is a project of the interuniversity research group In Practice, supported by ULiège, KU Leuven and ULB. ‘In Practice’ invites practicing architects to explore the multiple ways in which architects can engage the professional practice in academic research and reciprocally. ‘Practices in Research #02 - Tour d’Horizon’ broadens the work intiated in the first issue, increasing the diversity approaches, subjects and profiles. Content S611. Laurent Didier, Mathieu Le Ny, Louis Leger, BAST - ENSA Toulouse (www.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4727084) LIVING WITH EXTERNALITIES. The refurbishment of Charleroi’s Palais des Expositions in a post-growth context. Marie Pirard - AM architecten jan de vylder inge vinck - AgwA, UCLouvain (www.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4727013) FROM THE HAND TO THE MIND TO THE HAND. Construction as an act of design, Drawing as an act of analysis. João Quintela, Tim Simon, JQTS, ETSAM, TU Berlin, CEACT/UAL, HCU Hamburg (www.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4727101) #01#02#03. Aurélie Hachez, AHA, TU Delft (www.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4727112) ABOUT CONDITIONS. Dries Rodet, Truwant + Rodet +, ENSA Versailles (www.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4727120) CLOSING FRAGMENTS. About practice and knowledge. Pauline Lefebvre, Robin Schaeverbeke, Benoît Vandenbulcke, Harold Fallon, Dries Rodet (www.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4727125) Editors Benoît Burquel (ULB); Benoît Vandenbulcke (ULiège); Harold Fallon (KU Leuven) Scientific Committee Georges Pirson (ULB); Julie Neuwels (ULiège); Pauline Lefebvre (ULB); Rolf Hughes (KU Leuven); Iwan Strauven (ULB); Robin Schaeverbeke (KU Leuven); Harold Fallon (AgwA & KU Leuven); Céline Bodart (ENSA Paris La Villette); Benoît Vandenbulcke (AgwA & ULiège); Cécile Chanvillard (A Practice & UCLouvain); Asli Çiçek (Asli Çiçek & U Hasselt); Caroline Voet (Voet Architectuur & KU Leuven); Lisa De Visscher (A+ Architecture in Belgium & ULiège) Double-Blind Peer Review : each contribution reviewed by two referees except the keynote contribution "Closing Fragments". 154 pages [less ▲]

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See detailFirst Steps and False Alarms - practice-based research journal for architecture
Vandenbulcke, Benoît ULiege; Burquel, Benoit; Fallon, Harold

in Practices in Research (2020), (1),

Practices in Research #01 First Steps and False Alarms contains four invited contributions of practicing architects who engage their practice in academic research.The album ‘First Steps & False Alarms’ ... [more ▼]

Practices in Research #01 First Steps and False Alarms contains four invited contributions of practicing architects who engage their practice in academic research.The album ‘First Steps & False Alarms’ (Kilgour, 1995) assembles recordings from the artist’s home tape archive, proposing to discover his creative starting points, his explorations and experiments from a period of five years, shaping a musical personality. Similarly, ‘Practices in Research #01’ does not make a priori assumptions about distinctions between realisations from the practice and theoretical reflections. As such it is an experimentation: it poses questions and situations, it proposes answers and actions. Johannes Berry : In the Beginning and the End Steven Schenk : Original Ambiguous Tomas Ooms : Spatial Oxymorons Virginie Pigeon : Landscape Co-Cartography editors : Benoît Vandenbulcke (ULiège), Benoît Burquel (ULB), Harold Fallon (KU Leuven) scientific committee : Martino Tattara, Asli Ciçek, Maurizio Cohen, Benoît Burquel, Benoît Vandenbulcke, Harold Fallon double-blind peer review : each contribution reviewed by two referees 102 pages ISSN : 2736-3996 [less ▲]

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See detailDistributed Artefacts: Found in Translation
Vandenbulcke, Benoît ULiege; Fallon, Harold; Burquel, Benoit

Conference (2020, October)

In fall 2020 a first peer-reviewed selection of articles will be published following the conference “Practices in Research”. In this publication, practicing architects were asked to develop a reflection ... [more ▼]

In fall 2020 a first peer-reviewed selection of articles will be published following the conference “Practices in Research”. In this publication, practicing architects were asked to develop a reflection upon the nature of the interaction between their practice and their research. They were explicitly invited to make an explorative use of text and illustrations, with the objective to overcome the traditional duality and hierarchy between word and image. The contribution reflect further on non-hierarchical relationships between verbal and non-verbal content, on the nature of such mixed contributions and on some consequences of their irreducibility to verbal forms. [less ▲]

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Vandenbulcke, Benoît ULiege

in Decroos, Bart; Dendooven, Freek; De Cock, Gijs (Eds.) et al Raamwerk - Lichtervelde Youth Centre - In Practice (2020)

Contemporary architectural practices have become diverse and eclectic. It has become diffcult to identify a unity that oversees the discipline of architecture or a form of ‘hereditary’ continuity. The ... [more ▼]

Contemporary architectural practices have become diverse and eclectic. It has become diffcult to identify a unity that oversees the discipline of architecture or a form of ‘hereditary’ continuity. The issue of its transmission is a challenge. This is particularly true as in Belgium, the teaching of architecture, which originally stemmed from a fine arts tradition, has recently been integrated into universities. This means that it is important to find a new way of passing on architectural practices. [less ▲]

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See detailOversize - from society to architecture and back to society
Vandenbulcke, Benoît ULiege; Fallon, Harold; Burquel, Benoît

Conference (2019, November)

Oversize is a multi-university academic initiative addressing the design opportunities and challenges represented by spaces that are too large in regard of current needs, such as empty buildings and ... [more ▼]

Oversize is a multi-university academic initiative addressing the design opportunities and challenges represented by spaces that are too large in regard of current needs, such as empty buildings and structures. These spaces are prominently present in many contexts, and their future is still open to speculation. [less ▲]

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See detailIntroduction architecture workshop - Oversize 2019
Vandenbulcke, Benoît ULiege

Speech/Talk (2019)

Oversize addresses the opportunities and challenges represented by in the conception and the transformation of large spaces, such as industrial halls, and spaces that are too large in regard of current ... [more ▼]

Oversize addresses the opportunities and challenges represented by in the conception and the transformation of large spaces, such as industrial halls, and spaces that are too large in regard of current needs (empty buildings and structures…). These objects, like larger sports infrastructures, exhibitions halls, industrial facilities, stocks, etc. are very present in the territory since the XIXth century. Their conception is still open to speculation, and it becomes increasingly important to propose new ways of reusing these structures. [less ▲]

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See detailIn Practice : exploring design processes through publication
Vandenbulcke, Benoît ULiege; Fallon, Harold

in <CA²RE> Conference for Artistic and Architectural Research - Practice & Design Driven Research (2019, October)

Initially, In Practice are conferences at which architects were invited to unveil and tell the story of their working documents. These short conferences are followed by a conversation with a panel of ... [more ▼]

Initially, In Practice are conferences at which architects were invited to unveil and tell the story of their working documents. These short conferences are followed by a conversation with a panel of critics, architects, editors and academics. Recently, a first book was published about (the design process of) a house designed by P. Vandermaeren and R. Venlet. The text dissects the genesis of a project, it shares the doubts, it extracts the mechanisms that lead to choices and it discovers the intuitions that make poetry. This paper explores the methodology inherent to the making of the book. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom AgwA to Oversize: from design practice to a pedagogic and research project
Vandenbulcke, Benoît ULiege; Fallon, Harold; Burquel, Benoît

in Structures and Architecture, Bridging the gap and Crossing Borders (2019, July)

This paper explores several projects of the author’s architecture practice. These projects address the transformation and reuse of existing large scales structures. Through time, the use of the buildings ... [more ▼]

This paper explores several projects of the author’s architecture practice. These projects address the transformation and reuse of existing large scales structures. Through time, the use of the buildings is questioned. The nature of the activity changes, the scale differs, the needs evolve, the regulations are modified. It concludes with the details of the academic project “Oversize” as a pedagogic and research project. [less ▲]

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See detailIntroduction architecture workshop - Oversize
Vandenbulcke, Benoît ULiege

Speech/Talk (2018)

Oversize addresses the opportunities and challenges represented by in the conception and the transformation of large spaces, such as industrial halls, and spaces that are too large in regard of current ... [more ▼]

Oversize addresses the opportunities and challenges represented by in the conception and the transformation of large spaces, such as industrial halls, and spaces that are too large in regard of current needs (empty buildings and structures…). These objects, like larger sports infrastructures, exhibitions halls, industrial facilities, stocks, etc. are very present in the territory since the XIXth century. Their conception is still open to speculation, and it becomes increasingly important to propose new ways of reusing these structures. [less ▲]

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See detailSavoir-faire/faire savoir : how to Engage Architecture practice as a Research Tool?
Vandenbulcke, Benoît ULiege

in RCA 2018 (2018, September)

Today the understanding of design processes is fundamental in the interpretation of architectural designs, since universal rules of composition (harmony) and common ideals (beauty) have failed to support ... [more ▼]

Today the understanding of design processes is fundamental in the interpretation of architectural designs, since universal rules of composition (harmony) and common ideals (beauty) have failed to support them exhaustively. This paper explores ways of engaging the design expertise of an architect as an immersive research tool allowing to recompose design processes and narratives. The research engages design practice as a tool, and is completed by the verbalization of the results. The paper exposes this modus operandi through a transversal one-day exercise in the framework of several architecture studios at Uliège [less ▲]

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See detailInterview de Klaas De Rycke
Vandenbulcke, Benoît ULiege; Wittevrongel, Bernard; De Rycke, Klaas

Article for general public (2017)

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See detailABSTRACTION AND PRAGMATISM : ADDRESSING COMPLEXITY
Vandenbulcke, Benoît ULiege; Fallon, Harold; Burquel, Benoît

in Agenda Tomorrow ICPD2015, Proceeding of the 8th International Conference on Planning and Design (2015)

Beyond the playfulness of absolute freedom, and beyond the headache of impossible meaning, proximity, diversity and density inherent to the condition of layered contexts are fundamental tools for a ... [more ▼]

Beyond the playfulness of absolute freedom, and beyond the headache of impossible meaning, proximity, diversity and density inherent to the condition of layered contexts are fundamental tools for a sustainable future. AgwA architecture office was co-founded in 2003 in Brussels by the author. During the last 10 years, it has been confronted to a wide range of projects of different natures in various contexts. This paper will explore these projects through the lens of abstraction (radicalism of the formal simplicity) and of pragmatism (evidence of the functionality and of the constraints). [less ▲]

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See detailAgwA architecture office: Study cases on structure and architecture
Vandenbulcke, Benoît ULiege; Fallon, Harold

in Structures and architecture: Concepts, Applications and Challenges (2013)

Through different projects of the office, the paper explores which design strategies allow to address structure and architecture as two equally important aspects of one unique ambition in each project ... [more ▼]

Through different projects of the office, the paper explores which design strategies allow to address structure and architecture as two equally important aspects of one unique ambition in each project. The structural approaches are specific to each project. However, all procede from the a same attitude : structural principles are enounced at some point, that address the structural typology rather than its formal design. By doing so, a high flexibility is induced in the design towards the constraints of the design and construction process. [less ▲]

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See detailAgwA architecture office: Adressing structure in architecture competitions
Vandenbulcke, Benoît ULiege; fallon, Harold

in Structures and architecture: Concepts, Applications and Challenges (2013)

The authors are partners of the Brussels's based architectural firm AgwA. AgwA is involved in a large amount of architecture competitions, mainly for public buildings addressing the community. These ... [more ▼]

The authors are partners of the Brussels's based architectural firm AgwA. AgwA is involved in a large amount of architecture competitions, mainly for public buildings addressing the community. These competition projects are developed in multidisciplinary teams. In the work of AgwA, structure plays a central role in the architectural designs and their spatiality. The context of an architecture competition has important consequences on the way architects can approach the issue of structure. [less ▲]

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See detailConcretion, abstraction : the place of design processes in today architecture practice. CASE STUDY : SANAA
Vandenbulcke, Benoît ULiege

in Proceedings: First International Conference on Architecture and Urban Design (1-ICAUD) (2012)

Observing contemporary architecture, as a practitioner and teacher, we become aware of the difficulty to understand the constitutive rules of a project and even when one can identify some, they are often ... [more ▼]

Observing contemporary architecture, as a practitioner and teacher, we become aware of the difficulty to understand the constitutive rules of a project and even when one can identify some, they are often limited in reach. The qualifiers for the word architecture have multiplied over time: minimalism, hygienism, socio-participationism, formalism, high-tech, low-tech, sustainable and eco are some examples. After one century of avant-gardes, architectural practice has been scattered in uncountable styles and streams. This has lead to a free market situation in which architects and teachers are confronted by an almost endless catalogue of approaches and styles: between multiple-choice and pragmatist refusal, this context provokes an issue with arbitrariness and relevance. Today the design processes are fundamental for the understanding of architectural projects, since universal rules of composition (harmony) and common ideals (beauty) have failed to support them exhaustively. A possible stable common ground to all constructed projects remains in the act of construction. Where architects like Peter Zumthor or Herzog & de Meuron search a new way to use and interpret the materials and their use in our globalised world, SANAA work seems to remove materiality from architecture. This absence creates a kind of timeless spatiality which is not necessarily open or closed. However, this approach is not a negation of matter (in the sense of Semper), as making matter disappear implies a very strong commitment to materiality and very sophisticated technological solutions. This paper bears relevance for both practitioners and teachers at two levels: it explores the theoretical relevance and the practical tools of an outstanding referential architect. It explores, with the specific tools of the architect, the design process of their projects through the question of the construction. The analysis is based on both their writings and the realized projects. [less ▲]

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Vandenbulcke, Benoît ULiege; Wittevrongel, Bernard

Article for general public (2012)

Chaque année, le site Loci Tournai organise un séminaire ayant alternativement pour thème la dimension artistique de l’architecture et sa matérialité. A l’occasion du séminaire matérialité, Jürg Conzett ... [more ▼]

Chaque année, le site Loci Tournai organise un séminaire ayant alternativement pour thème la dimension artistique de l’architecture et sa matérialité. A l’occasion du séminaire matérialité, Jürg Conzett, l’ingénieur suisse du bureau Conzett, Bronzini et Gartmann nous a fait l’honneur d’accepter notre invitation. Il a encadré le projet d’architecture proposé aux étudiants de Master 1 durant le mois de février 2011. Sa venue s’est clôturée par un jury et une conférence publique qui s’est tenue le 4 mars 2011. Jürg Conzett fait ses études à l’École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne et à l’École polytechnique fédérale à Zurich. De 1981 à 1987, il collabore dans le bureau d’architecture de Peter Zumthor. Il fonde son propre bureau d’ingénierie en 1988 et devient partenaire du bureau Conzett, Bronzini, Gartmann en 1999. La même année, il obtient le Grand Prix d’architecture alpine, conjointement avec Peter Zumthor. Parmi ses principales réalisations, on compte les passerelles Traversina en Suisse et Murau en Autriche, le pont Coupure à Bruges et plus récemment les ponts et passerelles de Vals. Parallèlement, il collabore sur la question structurelle avec bon nombre d’architectes prestigieux. [less ▲]

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See detailConcretion, abstraction: The place of design processes in the theory of architecture : Case study: Herzog & De Meuron
Vandenbulcke, Benoît ULiege

in Theory for the sake of the theory :: Archtheo '11 conference proceedings 23-26 Nov 2011 Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (2011)

Observing contemporary architecture, as a practitioner and teacher, I become aware of the difficulty to understand the constitutive rules of a project and even when one can identify some, they are often ... [more ▼]

Observing contemporary architecture, as a practitioner and teacher, I become aware of the difficulty to understand the constitutive rules of a project and even when one can identify some, they are often limited in reach. The qualifiers for the word architecture have multiplied over time: minimalism, hygienism, socio-participationism, formalism, high-tech, low-tech, sustainable and eco are some examples. Today the design processes are fundamental for the understanding of architectural projects, since universal rules of composition (harmony) and common ideals (beauty) have failed to support them exhaustively. A possible stable common ground to all constructed projects remains in the act of construction. Herzog & De Meuron’s work is representative of this new framework. In their designs, they explore synergies between the abstract paper work and the concrete constructive realities. When explaining their projects, they highlight the design process which encompasses the abstraction, the materiality and the reality of our post industrial world. (...) Herzog & de Meuron have established central position in the architectural discourse through acts of making.(Nicholas Olsberg, 2002, Herzog & de Meuron, Natural History, Lars Müller publishers, Swizerland, p8) This paper bears relevance for both practitioners and theorists at two levels: it explores the theoretical relevance and the practical tools of an outstanding referential architect. It explores, with the specific tools of the architect, the design process of their projects through the question of the construction. The analysis is based on both their writings and the realized projects. [less ▲]

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Vandenbulcke, Benoît ULiege; FALLON, Harold

in Communication (by) Design (2009)

The square is reccurent pattern in recent projects from the AgwA office. The square can be considered a basic formal achievement of the mind. The contemporay architectural proliferation prevents all ... [more ▼]

The square is reccurent pattern in recent projects from the AgwA office. The square can be considered a basic formal achievement of the mind. The contemporay architectural proliferation prevents all formal relevance. The absolute reduction of Ad Rheinhard's « black squares », a precedent ? Can shapelessness be applied to architecture? PHIL, an architectural study case in progress. Reduction of form : what about function and structure ? Vitruvian nihilism or Vitruvius reloaded ? [less ▲]

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