“Architects at Play” at CIVA Brussels

Architects at Play is the result of a research process into play and the imagination, built experiments and mythological narratives. The exhibition is essentially centred on the idea of ‘Creating Worlds’. It attempts to bring together two characters: the architect and the child.


© Pierre Antoine


Children’s games have always been a breeding ground for the invention of ‘Worlds’. Likewise, architects also imagine new ‘Worlds’. These worlds and the mechanisms of invention they rely upon constitute the core of the exhibition, which touches on themes as varied as childhood and education, urban planning, public space, history, architecture, art and creativity—in order to trace the history of imaginary as well as imagined ‘Worlds’.


“Architects at Play”
18 October -9 February, 2019
CIVA Brussels
Rue de l’Ermitage Kluis 55, Brussels


Each one of us is a playful architect. From the solitary hut to the cosmopolitan ark, we build worlds we inhabit or co-inhabit. The world of play is located in the mysterious interval that connects our subjectivities to external reality. It sometimes happens that architectures crystallize in this ephemeral space, becoming for a while the stage of our lives, the horizon of our habits. This power of imagination is at the heart of the curatorial system in which childhood playgrounds and those of architects, artists and designers meet.


Aldo Rossi Teatro del Mondo, Venezia 1980, Drawing Matter Collection © Drawing Matter

OMA EuroDisney Hotel, Marne-la-Vallée, France 1988, Drawing Matter Collection © Drawing Matter

Robbrecht en Daem, Puppet Theatre, 2017 © Photo / Foto Maarten Vanden Abeele

Ecole Decroly à Uccle / Decrolyschool in Ukkel, 1936 © Coll. CIVA, Brussels / W. Kessels © 2019, SOFAM

Aldo Van Eyck, Circle Terrace (Amsterdam Orphenage, 1958-1961), n. d. © © Aldo van Eyck—from the Aldo van Eyck archive

René Pechère, Place Tomberg à Woluwe-Saint-Lambert / Tombergplein in Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe, 1964 ca © © Musée de Woluwe-Saint-Lambert

Atelier De Visscher & Vincentelli, Jozef Legrand, Parc Saint-François à Saint-Josse-Ten-Noode / Sint-Franciscuspark in Sint-Joost-ten-Node, 2007 © Photo / Foto Marie-Françoise Plissart

AKAROVA, the Ancestor in the performance Le Sacre du Printemps (Igor Stravinski), 1935 © CIVA, Brussels

Ferdinand Joachim and Philippe Rotthier, Geodesic dome, 1979 © CIVA, Brussels



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