The architecture Flanders produces is enjoying increased international attention. Architects from Flanders and Brussels participate in prestigious global architectural events and are invited to present their work. This international recognition reflects the significant work of a number of Flemish practices who have contributed to the emergence of a vigorous culture of design and research.
Since the 1990s, this dynamic process, which is also the result of the Flemish government's enlightened architectural policy, has been recorded in a series of Architectural Yearbooks, which have been published biennially by the Flemish Architectural Institute (VAi).
On the occasion of the Interiors Biennale in Kortrijk, the VAi and its partners are proud to present to an international audience the tenth edition in this series, which has been renamed as the Architectural Review Flanders: Radical Commonplaces. European Architecture from Flanders.
In the present publication an editorial board of architects, critics and scholars from Flanders and Europe reflect on the development of new concepts for housing and habitation in one of Europe’s most densely populated regions, on urban renewal projects and infrastructures and on the profound cultural ambition that is reflected in a significant number of public and private buildings across Flanders. Radical Commonplaces is both a critical reflection on the state of architecture in this European region and a celebration of the remarkable achievement of architects, urbanists and interior architects in shaping the everyday environment of our cities and landscapes.
The editorial team for Architectural Review Flanders No. 10 comprises Ilse Degerickx, Maarten Delbeke, Stefan Devoldere, Aglaée Degros, Elke Hoornaert, Christian Kieckens, André Loeckx/Els Vervloesem, Dirk Somers, Axel Sowa, Ellis Woodman and Christoph Grafe. It includes contributions by the editors and by Guy Chatel, Christophe van Gerrewey and Pieter t’Jonck.