Guest lecture x 2: Marcel Smets & Bas Smets
Welcome to a double guest lecture at AHO on 27th of April
13:00 Marcel Smets "Isle of Nantes"
13:45 Coffee break
13:55 Bas Smets "Augmented Landscapes”
Bas Smets has a background in landscape architecture, civil engineering and architecture. He founded his office in Brussels in 2007 and has constructed projects in more than 10 countries with his team of 15 architects and landscape architects. These projects vary in scale from territorial visions to infrastructural landscapes, from large parks to private gardens, from city centers to film sets. He often teams up with architects, artists and scientists. His recent collaborations include projects with Frank Gehry, Annabelle Selldorf, REX, Jean Nouvel, Kazuyo Sejima and Office KGDVS.
Artistic and scientific research takes a central role in this endeavor. Bas Smets has worked with many artists among whom are Philippe Parreno, Carsten Höller and Sophie Calle. He designed the film set for Parreno’s movie ‘Continuously Habitable Zones’, where he explored the border between landscape architecture and land art. http://www.bassmets.be
Marcel Smets is a professor of urbanism at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He has been active in the area of history and theory with monographs about Huib Hoste and Charles Buls, as well as reviews about the development of the concept of green suburbs in Belgium and the country's recovery after 1914. He has written articles of architectural criticism for publications such as Archis, Topos, Lotus, and Casabella, and has served as a jury member for many competitions. He was a founder member of ILAUD and visiting professor at both the University of Thessalonka and Harvard University's GSD. He has also sat on the scientific commission of EUROPAN since its inception. In 1989, Smets established the Town Planning Project Team (Projectteam Stadsontwerp), a research and development department within Leuven University and involved with the restructuring of abandoned industrial areas and derelict harbours and railway yards.
He was the chief developer of the widely publicized and highly praised transformation of the area around Leuven station, and for town planning projects which include Antwerp city center, Hoeilaart, Turnhout, Rouen, Genoa, and Conegliano. Currently, Smets's research focuses principally on landscape and infrastructure. http://www.theberlage.nl/persons/marcel_smets
Organised by the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape in collaboration with AHO Executive master in Urbanism