CIVA Brussels presents “(re)compose the city” exhibition

The exhibition considers the period of reflection on the North-South Connection, from 1836 to 1952, as a town planning laboratory to turn Brussels into the capital of Belgium. The exhibition is based on several unbuilt projects that highlight this period, selected from entries of competitions, research works and other controversial approaches, preserved in the Civa archives.

 

Zuidstation, Lucien de Vestel, [1936], ingebed in Brussel, 2018 © Marie TROSSAT

Zuidstation, Lucien de Vestel, [1936], ingebed in Brussel, 2018 © Marie TROSSAT

The North-South Connection is generally seen as a trauma in the belief of Brussels denizens, a major error and the result of a lack of a strong-willed and coherent urban policy. The reflection on this railway layout linking the city’s North and South stations actually led to a broader town planning approach on the scale of Brussels – from its beginnings, in fact, in 1836, because this layout is closely linked to the creation of a station in the heart of the city. This aim persisted when construction work on the tunnel resumed in 1935, because the choice of an open trench required recomposing the urban structure over more than two kilometers in length. (more…)

“Victor Horta and Brussels” at CIVA

This exhibition, organised by the Directorate of Monuments and Sites in the Brussels Capital Region, provides an overall introduction to the work of architect Victor Horta with a presentation of his major works built in Brussels.

 

"Victor Horta and Brussels" Victor Horta © CIVA
“Victor Horta and Brussels” Victor Horta © CIVA

 

It invites visitors to discover the secrets behind the creative work of one of Art Nouveau’s greatest artists, a movement which revolutionised European spatial and architectural concepts at the dawn of the 20th century. A series of photographs, documents and plans highlight the value of this extraordinary legacy. (more…)

Brussels ‘Corporate Arcadia’ with photographs by Armin Linke, at CIVA Stichting

The exhibition presents the architecture that has actually shaped Brussels over the last 25 years – the company offices, bank headquarters and hotels that have created a corporate landscape since the Brussels-Capital Region was established in 1989.

 

Corporate Arcadia "Boudewijn Building" CIVA Brussels © Armin Linke

Corporate Arcadia “Boudewijn Building” CIVA Brussels © Armin Linke

 

This summer, the CIVA Foundation offers a unique perspective on half a century of town planning in Brussels. Two exhibitions take a distinctive look at the development of urban planning and architecture in Brussels and at the treatment of the city’s heritage: Save | Change the City – Unbuilt Brussels #01 examines Brusselisation, in which, at the urging of property developers and politicians, everything had to give way to what was called modern architecture. Corporate Arcadia focuses mainly on the architecture of the 1990s and the early years of this century and how it has shaped the appearance of Brussels today.

The exhibition’s curators are Sophie Dars and Carlo Menon. Editing work was taken care of by Überknackig.   (more…)

“Save | Change the City” an unbuilt, alternative Brussels at CIVA Stichting

The exhibition shows a Brussels that used to exist, but is no longer there. A Brussels that somehow was proved possible to save. And a Brussels that could have been: a perfect fit in the CIVA’s new Unbuilt Brussels series, which shows a city that was thought up but never built.

 

Petit Château Quarter, 1976. Architects Jean-Pierre HOA, Philippe LEFEBVRE-BRANDES, Elie LEVY, Caroline MIEROP & Anne VAN LOO // La Cambre  Students (Didier ANGE& Brigitte BUYSSENS )

Petit Château Quarter, 1976. Architects Jean-Pierre HOA, Philippe LEFEBVRE-BRANDES, Elie LEVY, Caroline MIEROP & Anne VAN LOO // La Cambre Students (Didier ANGE& Brigitte BUYSSENS )

 

Brusselisation” is the key word behind the new exhibition at CIVA Stichting, “Save | Change the City“. The exhibition is part of a double-programme focusing on half a century of town planning in Brussels, under two unique perspectives. “Save | Change the City”  presents an overview of local residents’ initiatives in opposition to ‘Brusselisation’ and explores the alternatives that the two main neighbours’ associations proposed at the time in order to achieve a liveable city – one with respect for its citizens, its architecture, and its heritage.  (more…)

“Robert Mallet-Stevens” exhibition at CIVA Brussels

The exhibition proposes an itinerary across the work of Mallet-Stevens, richly illustrated by drawings, photos, historical documents, furniture and textiles.

 

Robert Mallet-Stevens  © Robert Mallet-Stevens, CIVA

Robert Mallet-Stevens © Robert Mallet-Stevens, CIVA

 

Robert Mallet-Stevens is one of the major figures of French architecture during the period between WWI and WWII. It is to him that we owe the villa Noailles in Hyères and the villa Cavrois near Lille, as well as the mansion houses on the rue Mallet-Stevens, smong many other works. (more…)

“Modernika” exhibition: Modernist and International Style in Belgium

Taking as its starting-point the legendary Expo 58, with its contribution to spreading the “American way of life” in Belgium, the exhibition demonstrates the various ways in which the American dream manifested itself. The exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to (re)discover Modernist and International Style architecture.

 

The Information Pavilion at Expo 58 on the Place De Brouckère, Brussels. The architects were Lucien-Jacques Baucher, Jean-Pierre Blondel and Odette Filippone, while René Sarger was the civil engineer.  © Archives d’Architecture Moderne, Brussels

The Information Pavilion at Expo 58 on the Place De Brouckère, Brussels. The architects were Lucien-Jacques Baucher, Jean-Pierre Blondel and Odette Filippone, while René Sarger was the civil engineer © Archives d’Architecture Moderne, Brussels

 

As part of its exhibitions devoted to architecture, the Atomium proposes as of October 29th 2015 until April 10th 2016, Modernika, devoted to architecture in Belgium after 1945. Examples reflecting Belgium’s aspiration towards American-style cities include the Martini Tower in Brussels, conceived as a “city within a city” and Antwerp’s BP Tower, with its totally suspended façade. (more…)

“Archetypes: Turkish architecture through the ages” at CIVA Brussels

The exhibition focuses on the grounds of Turkish architecture into the contemporary world, emphasizing on the creation and evolution of the so-called Turkish archetypes, born out of the tradition of Islamic art and philosophy.

 

"Archetypes" Exhibition display © Photo: Sinan Logie

“Archetypes” Exhibition display © Photo: Sinan Logie

 

From the very first human settlements until today, the history of Anatolia has been marked by numerous waves of transformation, revival, and re-appropriation. This dynamic and continuous dialogue between past and present is also reflected in the history of its architecture whose archetypical elements (tent, minaret, column, caravanserai, etc.,) have endured through the ages and are still discernible today in many contemporary creations.

“Archetypes: Architecture in Turkey through  the ages”, organized by CIVA in collaboration with EUROPALIA, is an exhibition offering a unique and comparative reading of Turkish architectural history in relation to contemporary projects via several case studies originating from different regions and eras, brought to life in models, architectural drawings, photographs and films. (more…)

Exhibition about Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat opens in CIVA  Brussels

The exhibition on the Tugendhat Villa is composed of 14 comprehensive topics dealing with the history of the villa in several time periods. Accompanying texts of individual “chapters” do not directly follow up on each other in their structure.

 

Villa Tugendhat © David Zidlicky

Villa Tugendhat © David Zidlicky

 

On September 23 from 7 pm a festive opening of the Vila Tugendhat exhibition will be held in the spaces of CIVA – The International Centre for Urbanism, Architecture and Landspace. The opening will be held together with a lecture by the Villa director Iveta Černá called “Beyond of the Glass Room: The many lives of the Villa Tugendhat”. (more…)