Department makes exhibition about the Open Call


The Open Call selection procedure for architects for public commissions was initiated around the turn of the century by the first Flemish Government Architect bOb Van Reeth. Today the procedure is still one of the most important instruments of the Team Vlaams Bouwmeester to stimulate ambitious and qualitative public architecture. Not only the sight of cities and towns in Flanders, also debates about architecture have been shaped by the Open Call. A travelling exhibition now celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Open Call. It makes us of archival documents and testimonies to reconstruct Open Call projects' trajectories, and it analyses how the Open Call creates conditions for qualitative commissioning and design. The show however also contains surprising architecture installations.

Professors Maarten Liefooghe and Maarten Van Den Driessche curated the exhibition, assisted by Pieter-Jan Cierkens. Numerous other colleagues worked together in making the show. Kris Coremans, Hans Lust and Boeckx designed the scenography. Ester Goris collaborated with Malgorzata Maria Olchowska to make a panorama of Flanders, situating Open Call projects in the Flemish 'nebular city'. Joris Kerremans, together with Louis Seynaeve and Toon Verdonck, put together a Wunderkammer with conceptual models interpreting the expression of selected (semi)public buildings.

Finally, the exhibition of course also features many Open Oproep projects by architects teaching in our programme.

The exhibition can be seen from 20 september at VANDENHOVE Centrum voor Architectuur en Kunst, and then travels along more cities in Belgium.
The show is an initiative of the Flemish Government Architect. It is a production by the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, in collaboration with the Flemish Government Architect and the Flemish Architecture Institute.

More information (in Dutch): Open Oproep. 20 jaar architectuur in publieke opdracht