Category: PhD Projects

Benoît Vandevoort: The emergence of interior architecture in Belgium, 1945-1999: assessing the impact of education on the identity formation of the design discipline

In many Western countries, the field of interior architecture is characterised by an on-going identity crisis. The confusion becomes apparent via the diverse nomenclature: interior architecture, interior design and interior decoration. Furthermore, the discipline was often (and still is) perceived as feminine and amateurish. Attempts to correct this image have significantly characterised the professionalisation of

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Amina Kaskar: Afro-Indo Agendas: South Asian female migration to South Africa and the shaping of urban space

The research locates the everyday practices of South Asian migrant communities in South Africa within the chronicles of transoceanic narratives, providing insights into the spatialities associated with diasporic communities through a gender conscious perspective. It embraces inter-generational and inherited knowledge to create new categories in which the city can be investigated, navigating the intricate networks

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Jakob D’herde: “Being replanted as an old tree … that’s not that easy .” On the Meaning of Home and Dignity for Community-Dwelling Older Adults

In many countries, including Belgium, demographic changes imply an increasing proportion of older people. Because the large majority of people will enjoy relatively good health into old age, inevitably also the proportion of frail older people is growing. This poses particular challenges as to the organization of care. It has become clear that institutionalization of

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Charlotte Rottiers: ‘Housing the Nation Abroad. The Belgian Diplomatic Representation through Architecture and Interior Decoration, 1831-1940.’

The project, under supervision of Prof. dr. Anne-Françoise Morel and Prof. dr. Fredie Floré, investigates the role attributed to architecture and art in the deployment of the Belgian diplomatic network from the moment of its foundation until the outbreak of the second world war. It will do so by focusing on the embassy building, an

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Rebecca Carrai: 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

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Jesse Honsa: 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

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Alessandra Gola: 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

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Irene Lund: 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

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Anamica Singh: 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

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Bram De Maeyer: 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

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