BigMat’17 International Architecture Award submissions recap

The BigMat’17 International Architecture Award registration and submission period is over with more than 900 applications received. What’s next? This year’s edition awards the best European architecture with 70.000€ and the addition of a new online voting Popular Prize.


BigMat'15 Prize

BigMat’15 Prize


This year’s application period for the Big Mat International Architecture Award was closed on May 26, with an unprecendented number of submissions: over 900 applicants from all 7 BigMat countries –Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Czech Republic and Slovakia– have submitted their works for the latest edition of BigMat’s biennial prize.


XDGA wins Flemish Culture Award for Architecture 2014 with Square Rogier

Xaveer De Geyter —last edition’s winner of the BigMat Architecture Award— was awarded with the biennial Flemish Culture Award for Architecture 2014 for his renewal of Place Rogier and the Boulevard Botanique in Brussels, curently under construction.


Square Rogier, view from Boulevard Adolphe Max. Brussels, Belgium. XDGA © Matthias Van Rossen

Square Rogier, view from Boulevard Adolphe Max. Brussels, Belgium. XDGA © Matthias Van Rossen


The jury praises Xaveer De Geyter for his work, which seeks alternative solutions, engages in confrontation and dares to claim a role for architects as thinkers, critics and innovators. “Architect Xaveer De Geyter has produced critical and progressive work that challenges and questions clichés about architecture and urbanism. He is not afraid to contradict what our society automatically considers to be true and desirable. In this way his architecture keeps an often non-existing debate going and he shows that a culture of architecture is only possible when not everyone agrees with everything. Some projects of Xaveer De Geyter Architects (XDGA) do not start from what is desirable or plausible, but from what should be feasible.” 

Xaveer De Geyter is “proud to receive the Award and grateful for the profound way in which the jury sketches the specifics of the architectural practice of XDGA.”


A conversation with Xaveer De Geyter, XDGA, at Casa dell’Architettura in Rome

Interview with Federico De Matteis, curator of the “XDGA_160_expo”, about complexity in architectural practice.


Provinciehuis © XDGA

Provinciehuis © XDGA


Article by Federico De Matteis

The exhibition “XDGA_160_EXPO”, which was staged at the Casa dell’Architettura in Rome from February 18th to March 17th, 2015, is the third installment of the exhibition organized by XDGA and CIVA, previously hosted in Brussels and Tallinn. It is a show proposing a rather peculiar – albeit not radical – understanding of what making architecture can mean today. Starting by looking at some figures (which give us a precise, although limited, view of things, helping clear the fog), the Roman exhibition hosted 22 models: of these, three were of completed buildings, three of ongoing projects, two were research-based, theoretic projects, while the remaining 14 were competition entries, either not winning or winning entries which for some reason or another had been discontinued. The chronological extent covers from 2000 to 2013. Each project, as the exhibition itself and the book which serves as a catalog, is titled, to begin with, by a three-digit number, referring to the file folder on XDGA’s servers. To bring this number to the front means, in my opinion, to highlight the collective nature of architectural work, which does set out from the initials of Xaveer De Geyter’s name, but along the way turns to the plural, accepting the final “A” for Architects. This leads us back to the presence, contribution, and work of the around 50 staff members of the office, who come from 15 different countries. A diversified team, both culturally and professionally, capable of covering, with their expertise, the whole gamut of architectural practice: from the conceptual stage of design competitions – that which De Geyter calls “paper architecture” – to the building site. Along with these there are research-based works, such as the “extension” of Monaco, or the urban scenarios evoked by an older book such as After Sprawl, still today on the reading list of many young scholars of urban theory. (more…)

Xaveer De Geyter “XDGA_160 EXPO” at Casa dell’Architettura in Rome

This exhibition presents ‘material evidence’ of the reality of XDGA, while at the same time embodying the working ethic of the office. It displays and documents built projects, urban studies and competition entries. In the exhibition, not the text nor the concept is preeminent – but the plan, the image and the model.


Silos-Tweewaters © XDGA
Silos-Tweewaters model © XDGA


The exhibition “XDGA_160 EXPO” will be open from February 18 and will run until  March 17 at “Casa dell’Architettura” in Rome. As inaugurating event Xaveer De Geyter will give a lecture at the venue this next Wednesday at 17.30 pm (free access) with the attendance of the co-curator Federico Matteis and Luca Garofalo, architect. (more…)

“Future under construction” at Paris-Saclay University

Round tables, lectures and over thirty architects’ presentations next to models, plans and chronograms, all between days 28 – 30 of November.




Right now, at the moment when the operational phase of the works in Paris-Saclay University is taking place, this public institution is proud to present a general update on the project in its scientific, economic, architectural and urban aspects. Round tables, lectures and over thirty architects’ presentations will take place next to many models, plans and chronograms between days 28 – 30 of November. These three days will be followed by a longer-lasting exhibition of the Paris-Saclay projects until December 20th.