Nordic Architecture on Tour: a lecture series to arrive in Belgium

A lecture series on Nordic architecture will arrive in Belgium this autumn. From 7 October to 13 December, local partners in six different cities will host evenings of lectures and discussions on historical and contemporary Nordic architecture.

Nordic architecture has seen resurgence in recent years, with innovative buildings and urban spaces drawing international attention. It is well worth looking at what distinguishes Nordic architecture and how it deals with social, climatic, and cultural challenges in today’s globalised world.

Michael Asgaard Andersen, curator of “New Nordic – Architecture & Identity” at Louisana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark. (Source: The Finnish Architectural Review 5/2012)             

Asgaard Andersen’s quote is the starting point for the series, which will showcase examples of various architectural projects from all Nordic countries. All the talks will be tied together with the common themes of “nordicness”: sustainability and ecological material use, welfare architecture and architecture’s interaction with nature.

The themes, repeatedly brought forth in Nordic architecture, will be elaborated on by Nordic professionals on five occassions. The final event will bring the discussion together, with the focus on how the values, themes and ideals of Nordic architecture could possibly serve as inspiration in such a densely populated area as Belgium.

The lectures series will take place on the following dates and locations:

7th of October│Denmark│Vlaams Architectuurinstituut, Antwerp

23rd of October│Norway│C-mine Cultuurcentrum, Genk

20th of November│Finland│Université de Liège, Liège

5th of December│Iceland│Universiteit Gent, Ghent

11th of December│Sweden│M – Museum Leuven, Leuven

12-13th of December│All Nordic countries│CIVA, Brussels

Nordic Architecture on Tour is initiated and coordinated by the Nordic cultural institutes and embassies in Belgium: the Danish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux and the Embassies of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

The local partners of the project are Archipel, Architectuurwijzer, CIVA - Centre International pour la Ville, l'Architecture et le Paysage,  C-mine, M – Museum Leuven, Stad en Architectuur, Université de Liège and Vlaams Architectuurinstituut.

The project is supported by Nordic Culture Fund.

Additional information: | Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux


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