Counteractive Architecture and the Space In Between [CASIB]

by Hannes Hulstaert from Faculty of Design Sciences, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Tutored by: Christian Kieckens

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Counteractive Architecture and the Space In Between [CASIB]
The result of an in-depth research questioning the architecture of todays over densified society with a deeper focus on the non-build space in between that what is build.

The scale of the urban landscape has gone beyond that of a person, whether resident, tourist or observer, and this happens when a city has evolved into a metropolis. When we have to transfer between lifts in order to reach the top of a skyscraper; when we sit in a train for an hour and the landscape still hasn’t escaped the grasp of the city; when Gothic churches, like remnants, manifest themselves shamelessly beside high-rise skyscrapers; and when individuals find themselves lost among the petrified architecture, the metropolis seems to be taking a step too far, leaving its inhabitants behind. Humankind finds the scale of everything, from a hamburger to a building, oversized. Inevitably, a rapidly changing social media and an excitement-seeking pop culture will have a huge impact on the architectural style found within the metropolis.

The concrete foundation and the theoretical framework for the final assignment will be shaped and led by a series of conceptual architecture projects which primarily manifest themselves visually. These theoretical designs are inspired by an in-depth observation of the relationship between the scale of architecture and human beings within their own environment, that is, to see the ‘city’, ‘building’ and ‘room’ as individual objects used and shaped by people, as well as a search for texture, culture and different levels of tangibility.

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