Architecture as found

Experiment en Conservatie
Desguinlei 25, Antwerpen B-2018
Mon–Fri 10 am–7 pm, Sat 4–7 pm

Architecture as found focuses on the new relationship between contemporary design and heritage. Using experimental, groundbreaking, (inter)national examples, the exhibition explores the different positions that contemporary designers adopt in relation to existing buildings. Circularity, conservation, restoration, pastiche, conversion, weiterbauen, referring to old traditions in new contexts, interweaving and urban mining. These are evolutions that exist alongside and are entwined with one another, and which increasingly enrich architectural practice. They are situated between past and future, intangible values and circularity, collective knowledge and creative intelligence.

In a world in which migration, population growth, diversity and climate change are huge challenges, the repurposing of buildings takes on multiple meanings. Sustainability, circularity, collective memory, appropriation… In this new reality, how can you further develop the existing built environment? How can heritage be an answer to today’s needs? And what role does architecture play in these social changes?