Category: PhD Projects

The IKEA House: an alternative perspective on modern domestic space through commercial home models

Throughout the 20th century, domestic space has been progressively exhibited in public and commercial venues. In these exhibitions, a frequently used tool was the realization of 1:1 scale house and domestic models, where customers were offered a realistic experience of their future homes. Thanks to their fictional qualities, architectural mock-ups were not only perceived as

Read More

Economies of Scale: Housing Crises and the Architecture of Large-Scale Responses

Due to a lack of affordable housing, Europe faces a crisis. The financialisation of housing, combined with an ageing demographic and changing living habits, makes access to housing in cities particularly difficult. Housing provision is often addressed through small-to-medium-sized infill strategies that ‘massage’ the numbers without disruption to existing settlements nor living types. One major

Read More

Architecture of Sociability in the Middle East: Building Spaces, Building Relations. The Case of Ramallah, Palestine.

This doctoral research focuses on the formation and nature of spatial domains actually existing in contexts of conflict and displacement in the Middle East. Taking the case of Ramallah, Palestine, the study examines the relation between spatial layouts, social identity and the production of patterns of rights in diverse urban settings. The research concerns two

Read More

Pierre-Louis Flouquet: Reviewer, Promotor and Critic of Belgian Architecture and Design (1932 – 1967)

Pierre-Louis Flouquet (1900-1967) is mainly known for his abstract paintings and poetry. But, between 1922 and 1967, he was a key figure of the architectural debate in Belgium especially because he was the country’s most prolific writer and editor on design, architecture and urbanism. He wrote several thousand articles published in magazines and newspapers, several

Read More

Neoliberal Spatiality of the Ordinary

Exploring the possibility of a negotiated place in-between the dialectics of accumulation and dispossession Case of Gurugram (Gurgaon) City, India The city of Gurugram in India, stands as a frontier to India’s new neoliberal urban spatiality. In just two decades, it had transformed from a mere agricultural suburb to India’s new ‘globurb’. While much of

Read More

Designing Embassies for Middle Powers

The Research Council of the KU Leuven has allocated financial support for the project ‘Designing Embassies for Middle Powers: The Architecture of Belgian and Dutch Diplomacy in a Globalizing World’ in the category fundamental research (C1). The project, led by Prof. dr. Fredie Floré and Prof. dr. Anne-Françoise Morel, aims at the study of embassy

Read More

The Formation of Architectural Theory in Belgium, 1965-1995

Architectural theory – the collection of theoretical approaches by which aesthetic, technological and societal challenges of architecture are defined and challenged – has only recently come to define itself as a field that is to play a major role in the education of future architects. The project aims to study this process of formation as

Read More