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Details research group ArcK (ArcK)


Expertises of the research group :

ArcK is the research group for the domains of architecture and interior architecture of Hasselt University. Domains which imply a spatial synthesis of material, cultural, aesthetic, social, urban, and societal aspects within a given situation or context. We believe that research within these domains should reflect this complexity.
As a multidisciplinary team (including designers, urbanists, art historians, engineers, psychologists, and philosophers), we address theoretical and empirical research questions in their proper context. We use a wide range of research methods and emphasize the possibilities afforded by designing as a research method. Our approach is centered on the human aspect, embodied by both the spatial designer and the user, with particular attention to an inclusive and sustainable design process and design result.
The main topics of ArcK center around five clusters, which partly overlap but also share the same ambition of generating knowledge that is useful for designers in order to create innovative visions of the future that will ultimately benefit society as a whole:
Adaptive reuse deals with theoretical and designerly questions relating to aspects of reuse, transformation, or conservation of historical, abandoned, or underused buildings or sites. Capacity building (collaborative design processes) deals with how to actively include and engage users, future users, and other stakeholders in different stages of the complex process of design practice. Designing for More (user-space interaction) centers around the following questions: How are spatial environments experienced by their users? How do they affect people on a perceptual, cognitive, and emotional level? How do they interact with diverse groups of people, and how can they increase their well-being ? Sustainability (in design product and process) deals with the question how different aspects of sustainability can be incorporated in both the design process and the resulting product, and in the way we can support designers and architects to effectively deal with these issues. FRAME, the research line in collaboration with MAD-research, focuses on artistic research methods. FRAME wants to explore unconventional forms of knowledge in order to develop new ways of thinking in/about space and image.

Keywords :
  • Adaptive reuse
  • Capicity building
  • Design for Experience
  • Participation
  • Research by design
  • Retail Design
  • sustainability
  • Scenography
  • Universal Design

Responsible :
Jan VANRIE


Members of the research group :

Ahmed ABBAS
Anuoluwa AYINDE
Charlotte BECKERS
Jo BERBEN
Lies BOESMANS
Peter BONGAERTS
Ann BOSSEREZ
Jo BROEKX
Stephanie CLAES
Guy CLEUREN
Teodora CONSTANTINESCU
Rob CUYVERS
Roel DE RIDDER
Olivier DE SCHAETZEN
Oswald DEVISCH
An FONTEYNE
Hubert FROYEN
Bieke GEPTS
Maria GIL ULLDEMOLINS
Els HANNES
Jasmien HERSSENS
Saidja HEYNICKX
Liesbeth HUYBRECHTS
Elke IELEGEMS
Vlad IONESCU
Bart JANSSENS
Kim JANSSENS
Shubira KALUGILA
Ermal KAPEDANI
Johannes KLAPS
Elke KNAPEN
Inge LENS
Maria LEUS
Waqas Ahmed MAHAR
Carmen MARTENS
Sarah MARTENS
Daniel MBISSO
Elke MEEX
Saul NKINI
Erik NUYTS
Peter OP T VELD
Dirk OSINGA
Teresa PALMIERI
Rudolf PEROLD
Ann PETERMANS
Kris PINT
Bie PLEVOETS
Peter PRINCEN
Katelijn QUARTIER
Remco ROES
Barbara ROOSEN
Maria SEGANTINI
Tine SEGERS
Nadia SELS
Godfrey SEVERE
Vittorio SIMONI
Julia SOWINSKA-HEIM
Ruth STEVENS
Megan STRICKFADEN
Victoria TARANU
Le TO QUYEN
Koenraad VAN CLEEMPOEL
Marijn VAN DE WEIJER
Linde VAN DEN BOSCH
Jasper VAN DER LINDEN
Nick VAN LOY
Herman VAN MEER
Koen VAN SYNGHEL
Frank VANDEN ECKER
Jan VANRIE
Griet VERBEECK
Maarten WAUTERS
Mela ZULJEVIC



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More information : http://www.fac-ark.be/