Research Projects Labo S

Analogous Spaces

The International Conference on Analogous Spaces (from May 14 till 17, 2008) interrogated the analogy between spaces in which knowledge is preserved, organized, transferred or activated.

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Labo S Works 2004-2014. A landscape perspective on urbanism

Over the past decade Labo S has been operating in the margins of the (urban) landscape by studying real places which go largely unnoticed and examining concrete problems that are rarely debated in the spotlight of the media or academia ...

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New Landscapes in Flanders

According to the landscape specialist Marc Antrop ‘new landscapes’, as opposed to relic landscapes, can be defined as ‘… landscapes that emerged from a “tabula rasa” method, after the Second World War.

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Pilot Study: Collective Housing

In 2013 Labo S, in collaboration with Labo A (Laboratory for Architecture, Ghent University) and the architectural office Bovenbouw Architectuur, was selected by the Flemish State Architect to participate in the pilot study for collective housing.

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Recollecting Landscapes: re-photography, memory and transformation

‘Recollecting Landscapes’ uses documentary rephotography for research on urbanism, landscape, heritage, spatial planning, infrastructure, etc. It observes the evolution of landscapes until today. Over the course of a century, an exceptional photographic collection was composed that covers the northern parts of the Belgian territory.

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Reconstruction architecture: Design based research of Westouter

In the aftermath of the Labo S studies on reconstruction architecture in the front zone of ’14-18, and as a reaction to the ambition of the municipality of Westouter to create a spatial policy document for the town centre, Labo S in collaboration with MAAT-ontwerpers got assigned to put the framework, formulated in the previous studies, to the test.

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Reconstruction Architecture in the Front Zone of ‘14-’18

During the reconstruction of WWI, a whole new landscape was laid out in the front zone. Woods had disappeared and were only partially replanted.

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The Hop Region

The past 25 years, the hop region was characterised by new dynamics: a strong decline in population size, the withdrawal of economic activity, an increased vacancy of building stock, changing living habits, and a more significant role for tourism and recreation.

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Urbanism and Heritage in Ostend

Commissioned by AGSO (the autonomous municipal company for city renewal of Ostend), Labo S conducted a literature study in order to support a Plan of Action for the Built Heritage in the city of Ostend.

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