The structural concept and the architectural vision: a dialogue.
Guy Mouton from Studieburo Mouton and Klaas Goris from Coussée & Goris architecten talk about their long collaboration. Based on their common projects, they show various forms of interaction between the structural concept and the architectural vision.
How to design in the 21st century? Today the problem is less about technical capacity but rather the ethical capacity to achieve a meaningful project. This lecture deals with an integrated design approach and tries to define 9 rules for ensuring integral design. Based on the 3 principles defined by the Roman architect and engineer Vitrivius in his book “de architectura” firmitas, utilitas, venustas, it gives simple useful guidance for designers, clients and contractors toward achieving integral quality. The lecture is based on the recent experiences and projects designed by Chris Poulissen and Laurent Ney.
On the occasion of the recent cooperation at the public installation ‘Bridge’, Arnout Van Vaerenbergh (Gijs Van Vaerenbergh) and Rolf Vansteenwegen (Util) will lecture in tandem. Both lecturers are graduates of the KULeuven. However they took a different professional path afterwards. Util is a structural engineering office that assists designers in the development of architecture and art projects. The office tends to look for structural solutions that are consistent with the architectural concept or that may even emphasize it. Gijs Van Vaerenbergh designs site-specific installations, sculptures and buildings. The installations of Gijs Van Vaerenbergh will trace back forms that coincide with the structure. For that reason, the interaction with the structural engineer is essential for the design process of such projects. Gijs Van Vaerenbergh and Util will talk both about the key project ‘Bridge’ in order to illustrate the dialogue between designers and engineers and the impact of this interaction on the final result.
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