• 26.04.19 02.06.19

The Act of Building

CIVA, Elsene , Belgium

BC architects — Vlaams Architectuurinstituut — CIVA

Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta ULB (workshop)

The exhibition 'The Act of Building' presents BC architects & studies’ area of work. Using tools, building models, films and photographs, it presents four processes that lead to four architectural outcomes. Alongside the exhibition, the architects present their book that tells the stories behind four significant projects and delves deeper into the new role of the architect.

BC materials shows the result of the circular production of building materials out of clay excavated from building sites in Brussels. During a workshop on building with clay at CIVA from 1 to 5 April 2019, 30 university students (of the Architecture Faculty La Cambre Horta ULB) and 18 professionals (architects, contractors, engineers, etc.) created different prototypes and samples, which are on show in the exhibition.

The Act of Building is action and discourse. It is the complex effort of a temporary association to create an infrastructure of its own. For this purpose the architects of BC call on actors from different backgrounds and a range of skills, and use different materials and technologies. The act of building has an impact and is at the same time a manifestation of values and ideas, which grew out of a broad network around a specific project. Building has a transformative power, driven by action, narrative and result.