Call for Papers: Thinking – Making. Perspectives on the growing prominence of making in architecture

Penser – Faire. Les enjeux théoriques et pratiques des revalorisations du faire en architecture.

18 et 19 February 2020
Faculté d’Architecture La Cambre-Horta de l’Université libre de Bruxelles. Sasha (ULB) – hortence (ULB) – Team 11 (ULg)

The deadline for sending an abstract (max. 3.000 characters all included) is September 15, 2019. Feel free to send your proposal, or any question, at the following address:

This conference explores the growing prominence of making in architecture, as manifested by architects who engage more directly in building practices, dealing more closely with materials and techniques. The colloquium proposes to investigate a diverse set of cases where making is re-evaluated and celebrated. It calls for papers along three lines of inquiry: (1) historical and theoretical perspectives on the evolution of the relationship between thinking and making, and its consequences in architecture; (2) case studies that assess the motivations and values of actors involved in making in the field of architecture; (3) investigations into the means and tools that aim at a closer relationship between designers, materials and built forms.

Keynote speakers: Tim Ingold (University of Aberdeen), Marie-Christine Bureau (CNRS, CNAM) and OnSite Architecture (Marie & Keith Zawistowski).

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Wouter Van Acker

Wouter Van Acker is Associate Professor of Architectural History and Theory at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He is co-director of hortence, ULB’s research centre for architectural history, theory and criticism. His research focus is the history of epistemology and aesthetics in architecture in the twentieth century.