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​Gijs Van Vaerenbergh - Kristof Vrancken
Talks and lectures


​Hear from architecture practices LAN (Local Architecture Network), Lina Ghotmeh Architects, 51N4E, Gijs Van Vaerenbergh at the RIBA.

For the fourth in the series of the EUROPA talks, hear from architecture practices LAN (Local Architecture Network), Lina Ghotmeh Architects, 51N4E, Gijs Van Vaerenbergh at the RIBA. The discussion will be chaired by Sarah Castle, director of London based architecture practice IF_DO.


LAN (Local Architecture Network) was created by Benoît Jallon and Umberto Napolitano in 2002, with the idea of exploring architecture as an area of activity at the intersection of several disciplines. This attitude has developed into a methodology enabling LAN to explore new territories and forge a vision encompassing social, urban, functional and formal questions.

LAN’s projects seek to find elegant, contemporary answers to creative and pragmatic concerns. The firm’s projects give shape to this universe at different scales and through very diverse programs.

A model for collective housing units in Bègles, France, by LAN (Local Architecture Network).

Lina Ghotmeh Architecture is a critically acclaimed international firm based in Paris and operating within the multi-disciplinary field of architecture. It is established by architect Lina Ghotmeh who has recently completed award-winning works such as the Estonian National Museum, this project was part of a former practice - Dorell Ghotmeh Tane Architects (Dan Dorell, Lina Ghotmeh, Tsuyoshi Tane) which was awarded Grand Prix Afex 2016, and nominee of the Mies Van Der Rohe Award 2017.

Lina Ghotmeh develops an in depth historical and materially sensitive approach to architecture. Every new project is drawn from the traces of its past, her office has sustainable design at its core.

Estonian National Museum, Tartu, by Dorell Ghotmeh Tane / Architects (Dan Dorell, Lina Ghotmeh, Tsuyoshi Tane). Photograph by Takuji Shimmura.


51N4E is an international Brussels-based practice, founded in 2000, that aspires to contribute through means of design to social and urban transformation. 51N4E is led by Johan Anrys and Freek Persyn, and is at present 30 people strong.

51N4E envisions transformations in society through the production of space by rethinking built environments and outdated urban systems, but also by reimagining how we use those environments in all their complexity. 51N4E uses the tools of architecture and design to construct dialogue settings around each project and generate knowledge along with all the parties involved, thus increasing collective intelligence and creating projects with a broader impact on society.

TID Tower in Tirana, Albania, by 51N4E Architects.

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh is a multidisciplinary architecture and design practice with an important focus on public space, founded by Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh. Balancing on the line between art and architecture both architects are engaged in experimentation, reflection, and physical engagement.

Their work consists of site-specific procedures, systems and structures that establish a two-way interaction with the environment. The duo uses the architectural language in an inappropriate manner, as a medium for relatively autonomous and self-reflexive projects.

Model House by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh. Photograph by Kristof Vrancken.


This event is part of the EUROPA – Connecting Ideas Across Borders talks series

The EUROPA Talks Series is generously supported by L.K.E. Ozolins and The London Community Foundation and Cockayne - Grants for the Arts.


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