Designing for uncertain times with the architects of Assemble and BC Architects & Studies

with the architects of Assemble and BC Architects & Studies

Director(s) Victor Simon
Participant(s) Laurens Bekemans
Participant(s) Ken De Cooman
Participant(s) Daniel Bell
Participant(s) Mustapha Bouhayati
Participant(s) Vassilis Oikonomopoulos
Participant(s) James Binning
Participant(s) Joe Halligan
Participant(s) Jan Boelen

May 1st, 2020, between Paris, London and Bruxelles

Laurens Bekemans, Architect, BC 
James Binning, Architect, Assemble
Ken De Cooman, Architect, BC 
Joe Halligan, Architect, Assemble

In conversation with:
Daniel Bell, Architect, Atelier Luma
Mustapha Bouhayati, CEO, Luma Arles
Vassilis Oikonomopoulos, Senior Curator, Luma Arles

Jan Boelen, Artistic Director, Atelier Luma

This conversation with the architects from Assemble and BC Architects & Studies highlights the various structural and economic issues related to the creation and construction of buildings. Each of them proposes to question new perspectives and to set up practices in consideration of the environment, locality, living together and the sharing of knowledge in a more de-centralized and less competitive world.

In these uncertain times, the “architect” can become an activist by questioning old values and focusing on social impact.

Assemble is a multi-disciplinary collective working across architecture, design and art. Founded in 2010 to undertake a single self-built project, Assemble has since delivered a diverse and award-winning body of work, whilst retaining a democratic and co-operative working method that enables built, social and research-based work at a variety of scales, both making things and making things happen.

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BC is BC architects, studies and materials. BC stands for Brussels Cooperation and points to how BC grew - embedded within place and people. Started in 2012 as a hybrid office, BC is manoeuvring the boundaries of architecture in a doers manner. With three different legal entities, the team engages in a variety of experimental projects through which it designs bioregional and circular architecture, researches educational and construction processes and produces new building materials using local waste streams such as excavated earth.

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Atelier Luma
Atelier Luma was established by Luma Arles in 2016. Drawing on Maja Hoffmann's vision to create an interdisciplinary center of innovation in Arles, Atelier Luma acts as a think-tank, workshop, production space, and network for learning. 

Through the mapping of the natural resources, the know-how and the talents present in its bioregion, Atelier Luma imagines innovative and sustainable ways to better use and value them. The research, experimentations, and reflectionsled in the “atelier” strive to rethink the future of the Arles region and enhance its revitalisation.

Atelier Luma brings together professionals and specialists from all over the world–including designers, architects, craftsmen, engineers, and botanists–who gather every day to provide local solutions to global issues. 

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Reading list

Aicher, F. (Eds.). (2018). Gion A. Caminada. On the path to building. Berlin, Basel: Birkhäuser, 159 pp.

Beigel, F., & Christou, P. (1996). Brikettfabrik Witznitz: Specific indeterminacy–designing for uncertainty. Architectural Research Quarterly, 2(2), 18-39.

Brand, S. (1994). How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built.Viking, 243 pp.

Merlini, F., & Snozzi, L. (2016). L'architecture inefficiente : Dialogue entre l'architecte suisse Luigi Snozzi et le philosophe Fabio Merlini,Marseille : Éditions Cosa Mentale, 96 pp.

Rotor, Lionel Devliegher (Eds.), (2014). Behind the Green Door: A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture Through 600 Objects, Oslo Architecture Triennale, 364 pp.









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