The pandemic has thrown a spanner in the works in recent years, but the stars are finally aligned for the first edition of [email protected] Brussels. It will take place on the site of Tour & Taxis on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 June and will have the theme ‘Future-Proof’. All exhibitors will be housed in sheds 1 and 2.
For this first edition, the location has been well-chosen. The redeveloped industrial site around the former goods station Gare Maritime and the warehouse Royal Depot offers clear architectural added value. The edition organised by Kortrijk Xpo is presented in the well-known fixed stand layout of the [email protected] concept, with a framework of free catering, various meeting places and numerous peripheral events and seminars. In terms of what the exhibitors have to offer, the very strict condition that what the (mainly) visiting (interior) architects and specifiers have to see must have innovative value is also adhered to.
Entire programme is defined
“All fringe events and seminars have now been completed,” says Anne-Laure Van de Ginste, who is responsible for the smooth running of this first Brussels edition. “The most important thing is of course the theme. It fits perfectly into an era in which change is measured in seconds and in which there is an increasing demand for architects and designers to present projects with a long lifespan. Under this theme, we will demonstrate to specifiers how they can take the lead when it comes to future-proofing projects.”
Below, we list the details of the fringe events and seminars. The fringe events will feature all the established names, including MaterialDistrict, world-architects and DAPh (Images by DAPh). In the ‘Art’ section, a brand new name makes its appearance: Alfredo Longo. Art’ presents work by a self-taught Walloon artist, born in 1959 in Frameries and currently living in Mons, who is best known for his work in which he gives new life to used drinks cans (under the name ‘Transform’ArtKompress’). With these cans, with which he makes a statement against overconsumption and for recycling, he has made various sculptures in the past, including hearts, heads, busts and even superheroes. He is also known for his paintings with relief and works of monumental size.
Mor information: www.architectatwork.be
[email protected] Brussels practical:
Where: Tour & Taxis, 1 and 2 June 2022, Havenlaan 86C in 1000 Brussels
Timing: 11 am – 8 pm in sheds 1 & 2
Fringe events: FOCUS ON FUTURE-PROOF
• EXHIBIT by MaterialDistrict
• PROJECT WALL by world-architects.com
• IMAGES by DAPh
• ART by Alfredo Longo
Seminars under [email protected] ACADEMY
Wednesday 1 June
- 13.30u: ‘Less aesthetics, more ethics’, Duncan Lewis, Architect Designer, Scape Architecture
- 17.30u: ‘Brussels – a case study for a sustainable city, by Annekatrien Verdict (Architectuurplatform), Harold Fallon (AgwA), Dieter Leyssen (51N4E) and Jan de Moffarts (Altstadt). This seminar is Powered by A+
Thursday 2 June
- 13.30u: ‘Accélérations’, by architect Dominique Jakob (Jakob + MacFarlane)
- 15.30u: ‘How to design CO₂-free and climate-adaptive’, by Griet Verbeeck (Uhasselt), Luc Eeckhout (evr-architecten), Els Vanden Berghe (PIXII) and Pieter Verfaillie (bow architecten). This seminar is Powered by ‘Orde van Architecten – Vlaamse Raad’
- 17.30u: ‘Workplace Reborn, challenges of today and beyond’, by Mauro Brigham (ncbham) and Sophie Green (sophiegreen). This seminar is Powered by AiNB.