studio BAU is a project in framework of the international visiting professorship. Lieven Nijs [BLAF architecten, Gent] has been awarded for the professorship in 2023/2024.
studio BAU statement:
BAU stands for ‘the act of building’, as well as for ‘Building As Usual’.
Our aim is to challenge ‘bad habits’ - conventions that resist to necessary changes - by understanding their genealogy, and by exploring the speculative possibilities of design; to address issues of land and housing, and to research on typology, tectonics and construction, by thinking through architectural space.
studio BAU program:
The M1 project starts in October 2023. It is dedicated to a design for shelter housing in Dampoortwijk, Gent. The M1 Project is part of the program “Jongeren maken de stad“ in the framework of Ghent European Youth Capital nomination for 2024. Two kick off days will introduce the project in Gent on October 16th and 17th and the projects will be part of the Design Manifestation Week in Ghent from March 25th-29th in 2024. The Kick off meeting involves lectures about the history and typology of Dampoort quarter. It is dedicated to the “Gentse Poortwijken“ and the typology of “Begijnhof“ and “Beluik“. The project involves social actors in the Dampoort district, who dedicate their work to workshops, neighborhood kitchens or also food banks. The studio investigates on different forms of housing, e.g. “robust housing“ and other concepts that request a broader reflection on cohousing and collective ways of living together.
The regular meetings take place at the Department of Spatial Design [R209] on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The first meeting and the introductory lecture takes place on wednesday, 11th at the Department of Spatial Design [R209]. The final presentation will take place in Aachen on February 20th at 10 a.m. Regular studio crits accompany the studio project. The studio project is supervised by Lieven Nijs and Franziska Kramer.
Please note: the first kick off meeting for the studio takes place in Gent on October 16th and 17th. The two introductory days are obligatory for the studio, as well as the participation in a workshop and exhibition in March 2024 in Gent. In case of further questions please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Module: M1 Studio BAU – building as usual, Internationale Gastdozentur Lieven Nijs