What position do ornament, the symbol and ritual occupy in new approaches to monumentality? Are theatres, concert halls and museums contemporary equivalents of old city halls and city palaces? To paraphrase Veldwerk, a building is in continuous dialogue with its environment. With this in mind, the lecture also discusses the use of historical and geographical contexts, the citing of old norms, rituals and symbols, and the relationship between revival and originality, in creating new architectural and urban design.
Neutelings Riedijk Architects
The buildings of Willem Jan Neutelings, of Neutelings Riedijk Architects in Rotterdam, resemble sculptural forms, often applying overhangs and simple geometric shapes. They apply an exceptional approach to the building’s surface, using gabions or letters to echo functional forms, such as columns, thereby carefully situating a building within often-sensitive historical or urban contexts. This allows new buildings an iconic status within public space.
Marius Grootveld, together with Jantje Engels, founder of Veldwerk (Ghent), is interested in the design, documentation and research of architecture and sees a connection between city, ritual and ornament. The name Veldwerk (fieldwork) emphasizes a focus on environment and context, which buildings tend to significantly draw upon.
Moderator: Saskia van Stein, director Bureau Europa, platform for architecture and design
Afterwards, there will be a convivial drink.
Date: Thursday 14 February 2019, 20.00–22.00
Admission: free, but please register in advance via email@example.com
Location: Bureau Europa, platform for architecture and design.