OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen‘s lecture in Columbia GSAPP Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in 2015.
Monday, September 14, 2015 6:30pm
Response by Amale Andraos
Brussels-based designers Kersten Geers and David Van Severn present the work of the firm they founded in 2002, OFFICE, where “architectonic ideas start from geometrical corrections and rather rigid classifications, in order to measure the world as it presents itself to us and allow life to unfold in all its complexities.”
OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen:
OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen was founded in 2002 by Kersten Geers and David Van Severen. OFFICE is renowned for its idiosyncratic architecture, in which realisations and theoretical projects stand side by side. The projects are direct, spatial and firmly rooted in architectural theory. The firm reduces architecture to its very essence and most original form: a limited set of basic geometric rules is used to create a framework within which life unfolds out in all its complexity.
Since its establishment OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen has earned a reputation as one of Belgium’s most successful and renowned practices, and one of the world’s truly original voices in present-day architecture. OFFICE engages in all architectural and urbanist design, creating projects of all scales ranging from furniture to masterplanning in Belgium as well as internationally. This practice is combined with academic research and teaching. These two aspects of OFFICE’s work are explicitly each other’s mirror, creating unexpected parallels between academic and practical work.
Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP):
Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) offers a series of distinctive programs. The educational objectives of these programs deal in different ways with one open-ended field: urban society and its future. The presence of several areas of study within a single school enables a critical understanding of the forces that affect the building of spaces and the making of cities, so as to encourage appropriate formulation of original concepts, designs, and policies. In each degree program offered, the School aims to develop students’ artistic and intellectual abilities and to provide them, as future professionals, with the information and strategies necessary to deal responsibly and inventively with the issues challenging urban society today. These issues are approached in a non-doctrinaire way so as to yield both significant theoretical proposals as well as pertinent solutions that can be effectively implemented in the contemporary city.