In Practice is an interuniversity research group of practising architects engaging their practice(s) at the heart of their research. This section references articles published by its members. These articles include contributions to scientific journals, conferences and professionally oriented media as well as book chapters.

Las Aradas massacre memorial: public space through community and commemoration

From the late 1970s until the end of the civil war in 1992, the Salvadoran national guard and the paramilitary group ORDEN perpetrated dozens of massacres of the civilian population in El Salvador. The massacres were part of a strategy of violent oppression by the US-backed Salvadoran government. This paper explores the context of the project for a Memorial Park, the participative design process including the communities, the features of the design proposal, and reflects upon the memorial realized in El Mozote, Morazán in a similar situation.(...)

Authors : Harold Fallon, Thomas Montulet, Amanda Grzyb
Conference : AHRA Dundee 2019
Keywords : El Salvador, research by design, massacre, memorial, participative design


Oversize – from society to architecture and back to society

Oversize is an ADO (Academic Design Office), a multidisciplinary academic initiative building bridges between architecture practices, pedagogies and research topics. Oversize addresses the design opportunities and challenges represented by spaces that are too large in regard to current needs, such as empty buildings and structures. These spaces are prominently present in many contexts, and their future is still open to speculation. This articles retraces the birth of the ADO and the first pedagogic experiences.

Authors : Harold Fallon, Benoît Vandenbulcke, Benoît Burquel
Conference: AHRA Dundee 2019
Keywords : research by design, oversize, pedagogy, circularity, reuse, charleroi, architecture


Epicurus Garden: Between Yard and World: The Performance as Artefact Within Practice Research in Architecture

The aim for ‘EPICURUS GARDEN’ is to explore a setup in which the performance is a combination of a performed text (four voices) and a piano score performed live. The action is set in a Taxonomic Landscape. It becomes operatic. (Opera: a dramatic work set to music). The performance will be an experiment to explore the (musical) performance as research practice with the goal to test the 'performance' as new vantage point on the practice research, and from within the manifold practice.
Authors : Tomas Ooms
Conference : CA2RE 2019 Ghent
Keywords : practice research, research by design, architecture, performance, artefact, music

In Practice - exploring design processes through publication

This paper explores the (methodology inherent to the making of the) book "Philippe Vander Maren & Richard Venlet : In Practice". The book makes the objective account of an architect’s erring towards a remarkable outcome. In essence, it is not a critical review of the project, as it dives in the objectivity of the produced documents. It is not a holistic interpretation, as the focus is on the local changes in perception and understandings. It is not a contextualization of a practice situating it in a field, as the appearing references relate to design decisions rather than to the designed object.

Authors : Harold Fallon, Benoît Vandenbulcke
Conference : CA2RE 2019 Ghent
Keywords : architecture, research by design, publications, methodology


Researching in architecture practices - methodological fragments

This paper addresses an embedded approach of methodological elements regarding existing researches in active (professional) practices. Four research works involving the author are used in this survey (Harold Fallon, Tomas Ooms, Steven Schenk, Johannes Berry).

Author(s) : Harold Fallon
Conference : CA2RE 2019 Ghent
Keywords : research by design, methodology, architecture, practice


Verbiest – house and workshop in a warehouse

The threefold (artefact) presentation explores a possible medium to create artefacts somehow equivalent to the project itself. Through the embodiment of a network of inputs and outputs in a creative act. By enlarging the scope to the entire process and to the stimuli surrounding it. While respecting the subjective nature of such networks. In order to provoke the interpretation of the project by the audience. Resulting in statistic objectivation through the endless actualization of graspable combinations.

Authors : Harold Fallon, Benoît Burquel, Benoît Vandenbulcke
Conference : CA2RE 2019 Ghent
Keywords : research by design, architecture, architecture project, artefact, embodied signification


Mountains have insides too: To Draw Distinctions

The performance-installation: 'MOUNTAINS HAVE AN INSIDE TOO' was organised as a public event during the IN PRACTICE symposium. The presentation has been set up as a performance-installation in the faculty space at the North Station in Brussels and is an outcome of the Yard and World practice driven research that develops and studies a body of work in a manifold practice that consists out of four distinct practices. Within that manifold practice, relationships of part to whole, and part to part within a whole are a fundamental mechanism that drives the work. This design-driven research examines the manifold that constitutes this practice. The manifold practice is composed out of four 'studios’: The Faculty Studio, the Office Studio, the Research Studio and the (Music) Composing Studio. The manifold practice is investigated by examining its multiple output and by exploring how the results of this investigating feed back into the manifold. This form of re-entry performs an operation(s) and contributes to the production of new output/work(s). The research explores the mechanism of this 'operationality' of the form of re-entry.
Authors : Tomas Ooms
Conference : In Practice Brussels
Keywords : practice research, research by design, architecture, performance, artefact, scenes, taxonomic landscapes.

articles prior to 2019

Publications prior to 2019 are not referenced on this website. They can be found through the usual referencing tools of the authors.