Christophe van Gerrewey

EPFL ENAC IA ACHT
BP 4144 (Bâtiment BP)
Station 16
CH-1015 Lausanne

Unité: SAR-ENS

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Compétences

Criticism, History and Theory of Architecture (and Literature and the Visual Arts)
Philosophical and Cultural Views on Architecture and Urban Planning

Publications

Infoscience

Autres publications

in: Andrew Leach, David Ellison (eds.), Discomfort in architecture (London: Ashgate, 2016)
135-141.
The Villa dall’Ava: Reality without Restraint
in: Christophe Van Gerrewey, Véronique Patteeuw, Tom Avermaete (eds.), OASE 97: Action and reaction in Architecture (NAi010, 2016)
99-108
Living in Liberty after 1968: Charles Vandenhove versus Lucien Kroll
Matières 13 (2016)
84-97.
La cohabitation des langages. S,M,L,XL et Roland Barthes
Bruxelles Patrimoine 19-20 (2016)
132-145.
Populaire ou élitaire? Dix exemples d’architecture postmoderne
Archithese 2 (2016)
32-37.
Abandon Your Pencils. The Use and Abuse of Architecture Theory for Life
in: Ellis Woodman (ed.), OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen: Volume 2 (Köln: Walther König, 2016)
7-14.
Order, Disorder. Ten Choices and Contradictions in the Work of OFFICE
in: Marius Grootveld, Jantje Engels (eds.), Building upon building (Rotterdam: NAi010, 2016)
26-33.
Highest Fidelity
A+ 257 (2016)
26.
Architecture et châssis
De Witte Raaf 178 (2015)
12-15.
Hotspots. De traditie van het unieke architectuurobject
LOG Journal for Architecture 35 (2015)
27-47.
How soon is now? Ten problems and paradoxes in the work of Dogma
Journal of Landscape Architecture 3 (2015) 10
20-27.
Imagining the Dutch polder landscape. A design by OMA from 1986
ARCH+ 220 (2015)
166-169.
�(K)eine architektonische kultur als herausforderung�
PLOT Revista 25 (2015)
28-31.
Lugar comun y cultura en la arquitectura belga
Journal of Architecture 3 (2014) 19
435-453.
�Amnesty for the City. The Hoogpoort Design for the Carrefour de l�Europe in Brussels (1983)�
A+U 523 (2014)
74-79.
�Rediscovering Juliaan Lampens� (with Fredie Flor�)
Architectural Theory Review 3 (2013) 18
356-371.
�Hope has returned. The glorious reception of OMA/Rem Koolhaas in the Dutch-speaking world�
OASE 91 (2013)
118-123.
�A human relationship with stone and mortar (Stadshal, Ghent, Robbrecht Daem Architects)�
Lannoo, Tielt, 2013
352 p.
XAVEER DE GEYTER ARCHITECTS_161_BOOK
Environment, space and place 3 (2013) 18
356-371.
�Christian Norberg-Schulz. Architecture protected by phenomenology�
A+ 242 (2013)
49-54.
40 ans d'architecture comme culture en Belgique (et dans A+)
OASE 88 (2012)
43-53.
�The architecture biennale of 1991: the exhibition as Mimesis�
Abitare 524 (2012)
56-65.
�Il Mistero della Funzione: Huis aan �t Laar 51N4E�
De Witte Raaf 152 (2011)
21-22.
�Ca a �t�: Jeff Wall in Bozar, Brussel�
OASE 84 (2011)
31-36.
�What are men to rocks and mountains?: the architectural models of OMA/Rem Koolhaas�
Werk, Bauen und Wohnen 7-8 (2011)
12-17.
�Ein Lesezeichen: die Universit�tsbibliothek von Henry Van de Velde�
SAN ROCCO 1 (2010)
17-23.
�The foundations of all possible buildings: three houses for a sister�
OASE 70 (2006)
8-19.
�Total absence of illusion, unlimited commitment�

Recherche

1 Some architectural writers of the 20th century

In 1972, Nikolaus Pevsner published the book 'Some architectural writers of the nineteenth century'. The current state of architectural theory, history and criticism asks for an update to his study: overspecialization in the architectural humanities has made combinations of historical research, critical judgments and theoretical speculation quite difficult. Nevertheless, only some decades ago many important 'architectural writers' were active in the architectural culture of the Western World. The aim of this monographic research is to define their intellectual projects, and to interpret their ideas on architecture before the fragmentation of its cultural and scientific field.

2 The fate of architectural singularity

In an essay from 1989, American writer John Updike asked himself if architecture can be criticized. 'Isn’t one duty of architecture', he wrote, 'simply to be different – to give us a sense of change and renewal in our lives?' Updike as such unwittingly defined architecture as the production of 'singular objects', in for example the postmarxist vein of a philosopher like Jean Baudrillard, who declared, in a conversation with Jean Nouvel: 'A work of architecture is a singularity, and all these singularities can create holes, interstices and voids in the metastatic fullness of culture.’ Given the worldwide - mostly visual - 'success' of architecture, this critical tradition has without a doubt come into affliction, not in the least because its roots in old and often premoderns traditions has remained unexposed.

3 1989: a year in the life and work of OMA

The year 1989 can be regarded as a turning point for contemporary Western architecture: after the fall of the Berlin Wall, its social power and pretensions were gradually replaced by a mere 'cultural' presence; instead of creating or defining urban environments, architects fell back on the construction of 'merveilles'. One architectural firm embodied this shift emblematically: the Office for Metropolitan Architecture of Rem Koolhaas. A micro-historical inquiry into the projects of OMA from 1989 - such as the Très Grand Bibliothèque, the Sea Trade Center, the completion of the IJ-plein social housing project, but also the Villa dall'Ava - can help to circumscribe this historical, theoretical and critical evolution.