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 books and founded, edited and directed seven magazines: 7art (1922-1928; 1948-1949), Bâtir (1932-40), Reconstruction(1940-44), Chantiers (1946-49), Cahiers d’urbanisme (1949-1969), Bruxelles 55 (1955-56), La Maison (1945-67).
His work has been used as source for research on many distinct subjects, but despite of his substantial production, his contribution to the design debate has hardly had any thorough critical attention. We believe that the quality of his important body of work is a fundamental source for the historiography of Belgian architecture and design, but also for the general knowledge of the Modern Movement, and particularly the medias role in diffusing its ideas. On the basis of his publications as well as his archives, this PhD intends to analyse the production of this multidisciplinary personality. The aim is to give an understanding of the role of his contribution to the debate of the Modern Movement on a local scale, as well as its diffusion and reception by a broad audience.
PhD student working on the project: Irene Lund