Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation


Invited Design workshop leader: ADSL 2010

‘The Antwerp Design Seminars & Lectures’ (ADSL) are an international event which takes place each year at the College of Design Sciences. Its aim is to stimulate cross boundary thinking in design and to familiarize students with an interdisciplinary approach towards design problems. The Antwerp Design Seminars and Lectures provide an international forum for faculty and student exchange. At the same time, it is an informal platform to discuss actual problems related to design education. The 2010 ADSL had the theme 'Happiness'. Suzanne Ewing led a workshop, 'Chiaroscuro': "Alain de Botton draws attention to a sadness needed to appreciate happiness. Darkness is necessary to an appreciation of light. How might exploration of the darkened corners, crevices, substructures, underlayers, thresholds, passages of existing built space heighten an understanding of, and skill working with, the casting/shedding/falling/ of light in architecture? Underpinning the inquiry is a privileging of situated design and culture, where ‘dreams are set in place’ (Perez-Gomez). This workshop begins by seeking distinct moments of chiaroscuro in public Antwerp interiors. These become the field for exploratory practices of ‘collecting light’, resulting in films, models and drawings which are carried back to the studio working base. These are re-installed as speculative translations, which begin to suggest and to provoke the invention of future city spaces."
Period1 Feb 20105 Feb 2010
VisitingArtesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen


  • architectural design
  • architectural education
  • fieldwork practices