As Found: Experiments in Preservation

What are the social benefits of a construction sector that focuses on the transformation of existing buildings? How can buildings play a role in dealing with the challenges of climate change, migration, globalization and social inclusion? How can the greening of the building sector play a key part in Europe’s sustainable development?

The exhibition As Found: Experiments in Preservation comes to the 12 Star Gallery of the European Parliament on the occasion of the Belgian presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2024. The project takes inspiration from ‘The New European Bauhaus’, a creative and interdisciplinary initiative which calls on all of us to imagine and build a sustainable and inclusive future together that is beautiful for our eyes, minds, and souls.

The exhibition showcases eight experimental Belgian projects that represent the enormous potential of building with what exists already. It looks not only at the end result, but also and above all at the design process and the sometimes very different parties involved. Each project is illustrated with a variety of materials ranging from historical documents to architectural drawings, models and photography. With this exhibition, the Flanders Architecture Institute aims to inspire architects, policymakers, users, funders and clients to tread new paths in dealing with our existing patrimony.

9 February 2024 - 19 April 2024

12 Star Gallery | Europe House
32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU

Co-organised by the European Parliament Liaison Office in the UK, the Delegation of Flanders in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Embassy of Belgium and Flanders Architecture Institute on the occasion of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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