Architecture is (not) Art

Architecture is not art or it is not architecture. Architecture is art or it is architecture. Architecture is not art or it is architecture. Architecture is art or it is architecture.


The fascinating thing about our contemporary architectural world is, and I think this is quite unique in history, that there is absolutely no one indication, that there are equal possibilities in architecture, in interior architecture and in interior design that can be totally different, even contradictory.


The only criterion in this fascinating ambiguity is quality, spatial quality, contextual quality, social quality, constructive quality, quality of experience, quality of use, cultural-historical quality, future value.


In addition to diversity, another phenomenon in our contemporary communication age is “agencement”: agencement is a term used by Gilles Deleuze (a French twentieth-century philosopher) and means collecting an enormous number of ideas in different cultures, and then combining them in different combinations, resulting in an increase in value of architecture and thus of life, connected with time and place.


The future of the discipline is situated in a multicultural and international framework. Europe will be a village, the world will be a country, the universe will be accessible. Architecture is to deal with environmental elements, laws and evidence in an exact manner.


Exact architecture is created from precise design decisions that comply with rules drawn up by miniatur that result from the extreme possibilities, to which all decisions are subordinate. The design process therefore consists of continuously monitoring the drawn up rules, parameters that follow from the laws, the evidences, the preoccupations, the situation, the coincidences with which architecture is obliged to work


The medium for researching the right parameters is “seeing”, as seen, foreseen, seen, seen, seen. Hence the eyes that confront everywhere in and around my environment. The eyes were photographed around 1925 by Man Ray and updated by Max Ernst. The eyes stare penetratingly over a broken glass – it could have been a landscape – the hurt and almost impossible conditions for architecture in Flanders, where capital and profit are paramount and where culture is pushed into the marginality, as an acoustic bike to look at, not to think about, not to see!


Research, analysis, culture, history, sociology, philosophy, time & space, time aspect – the qualitative architecture brings poetic experiences, poetic experiences, spatial experiences, spatial experiences.


Architecture must create openings. Architecture has to have an outcome, success is necessary. Architecture can be based on critical contextualism, but is always for the better. Architecture is therefore a critical acceptance of reality. Architecture can thus evoke emotions and specify moods.


Art strives for a spiritual experience and necessarily has a visionary mystical potency. Art can be based on negation, the critical position of art. Art is self-determining. Architecture is not art; it is subordinate to the preoccupation, the situation, the coincidences with which architecture is obliged to work. Architecture is a search for harmony, not as diffuse, presence is needed, dissonance is needed to make conflict possible. Architecture is the creation of a dissonant harmony between building and location. Architecture is striving to be precise, to be self-evident.