What do writers and architects have in common? The will to imagine the world, to make it more beautiful and therefore better? Flemish authors Charlotte Van den Broeck and Walter van den Broeck discuss their latest books, in which architects play a central role.
They are joined by a number of architects and architecture experts to reflect on this: Matilde Everaert and Dirk Somers.
The conversation, moderated by Gudrun De Geyter, will feature live drawing of real and imagined buildings.
Charlotte Van den Broeck is a popular guest at Flemish poetry events and has published two successful poetry collections. In 2019 she published her enthusiastically received prose debut Waagstukken. In it she investigates the histories of thirteen architects who took their own lives.
Walter van den Broeck has been one of the most important writers in the Dutch language for over half a century. Many of his successful novels and plays have won awards and been made into films. In 2019 he published his novel Niets voor de familie about his step-uncle, the forgotten modernist architect Jaak Jacobs.
Matilde Everaert is an architect and teaches at the Catholic University of Leuven. In 2016 she was laureate of Toegepast 21, a coaching programme for talented young designers. In her work she blends architecture with drawings and graphic design.
Dirk Somers teaches at Delft University of Technology and Ghent University and is known from the architectural firm Bovenbouw. This year he is the curator of the Belgian pavilion at the Architecture Biennale in Venice.