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Stefano Graziani, photographer. Villa Schor, Brussels, 2017. OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, architects

Stefano Graziani, photographer. House in Kyodo, Tokyo, 2017. Go Hasegawa and Associates, architects

What role can history play in contemporary architecture practice? Rather than adopting a postmodern attitude or evoking past discussions and historical architectural forms, Go Hasegawa, Kersten Geers, and David Van Severen address contemporary issues in their work while remaining in dialogue with history. Even with distinct pasts and contexts, affinities emerge in shared concerns and approaches.

In this exhibition, the architects reread, redraw, translate, and appropriate from the past and from each other in order to construct relationships and meaning out of a constellation of references. History becomes something that can be used rather than just studied.

Curator: Giovanna Borasi, CCA
Design: OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, Brussels; Go Hasegawa and Associates, Tokyo
Graphic design: Irobe Design Institute, Tokyo

Exhibition tour

These videos offer a look at the rooms that make up the exhibition, and that form a statement on historical references in contemporary practice. Giovanna Borasi, Kersten Geers, Stefano Graziani, Go Hasegawa, and David Van Severen discuss how each room helps to establish a three-party conversation, between two architecture practices and history.

Introduction: Giovanna Borasi
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In Your Eyes: Stefano Graziani
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Common Ground: Go Hasegawa
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Apparent Banality: Go Hasegawa
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Section as Logic of Assembly: Go Hasegawa
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A View with a Room: Kersten Geers and David Van Severen
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Plan as Perimeter: Kersten Geers and David Van Severen
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Apparent Banality: Kersten Geers and David Van Severen
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Opening lectures by Go Hasegawa, Kersten Geers, and David Van Severen
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