Architect Jan De Vylder, curator of BRAVOURE points to the importance of the economic added value that craftsmanship brings to architecture: “We are exploring what craftsmanship can mean during a period of economic scarcity. Dealing with this scarcity demands a high level of precision.” In order to illustrate its vision of craftsmanship, BRAVOURE exhibits fragments of thirteen representative projects from thirteen architecture offices from Flanders and Brussels. Full-size replicas will be used to demonstrate how scarcity can lead to craftsmanship.
Today, architecture from Flanders and Brussels enjoys huge international renown. In order to further nurture this interest, the Flanders Architecture Institute will be presenting 'BRAVOURE, contributions from Flanders', a series of publications about architecture from Flanders and Brussels. In addition to BRAVOURE’s exhibition catalogue, a wide range of relevant books will be placed in the spotlight. These include the Flanders Architectural Review n°12. Tailored Architecture, the book Autonomous Architecture in Flanders: the early works of Marie-José Van Hee, Paul Robbrecht and Hilde Daem, Christian Kieckens and Marc Dubois and publications on the work of De Smet Vermeulen, 51N4E and architecten de vylder vinck taillieu.
The Brussels architecture and urban design office ORG Permanent Modernity will contribute this year to the main exhibition of the Architecture Biennale of Venice. Under the title "Reporting from the front", the curator of the Biennale, the Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, aims at showcasing architecture projects that, by balancing intelligence and intuition, are able to escape the status quo, projects that, despite the scarcity of means, intensify what is available and subvert the forces that privilege the individual gain over the collective benefit. The masterplan for the Abattoirs in Anderlecht and the new mixed-use market recently built by ORG have been selected to be part of these exemplary cases. In an economy of means, the project gives form to new spaces for coexistence and supports multiple appropriations, as a monument for an open society.
51N4E was invited to exhibit its design for TID Tower (which opened this spring in Tirana, Albania) at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale.
51N4E’s participation, entitled Play for Real, will revolve around TID Tower - the largest architectural project ever lauched in Albania - and will present not only the tower but also its context. The installation will be made up of a large scale model presenting the architectural object, a movie putting it in context, a text and a facade panel from the tower. It will be presented in the Corderie dell’Arsenale.