This year, the Faculty of Architecture and Arts is awarding the Francqui Chair to André Loeckx, emeritus professor of architectural theory in the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Spatial Planning at KU Leuven.
André Loeckx will give four lectures and engage in conversation with students, teachers and the general public.
André Loeckx is emeritus professor of architectural theory at the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Spatial Planning at KU Leuven. He is also co-founder of the Flemish Architecture Institute, was chairman of the Jury Stadsvernieuwingsprojecten, is part of the expert group that guides the team of Vlaamse Bouwmeester and is external expert for Ringland. In 2021 Loeckx received the Ultima for Architecture, the cultural prize of the Flemish Community.
The Faculty of Architecture and Arts UHasselt is proud to award this year's Francqui Chair to André Loeckx. In this context, André Loeckx will give four lectures and engage in conversations with students, teachers and the general public on each occasion.
André Loeckx reflects on 20 years of urban policy and 5 years of bouwmeesterscans. What is a good urban renewal project? What do the bouwmeesterscans tell us about good spatial policy in the grid city? Where is the region (Limburg)?
André Loeckx reflects on research and project experiences in Nakuru (Kenya) in the framework of UN Habitat Localising Agenda 21. How did this cooperation in the Global South influence the urban policy and urban renewal in Flanders (and vice versa)?
André Loeckx reflects on the history of participation (in Flanders) using a text by Tzonis and Lefaivre with Ringland as the final case. Have participation processes only increased the involvement of a diversity of actors in spatial processes? Or have they also helped to redesign the nature and use of these processes in line with this diversity of actors: a better urban and spatial planning, renewal of democracy, etc.?
For UHasselt PhD students attending the seminar and the lecture, participation counts towards the Doctoral School requirement of Advanced discipline-specific knowledge.
André Loeckx reflects on the social role of design education, the renewal of architectural education and 'the state of architecture' in Flanders.
In 1932, Emile Francqui and Herbert Hoover jointly decided to set up a Foundation, to which they entrusted an important capital. This Foundation was intended to « promote the development of higher education and scientific research in Belgium ». It was Herbert Hoover who insisted that this Foundation should bear the name of Emile Francqui in order to make the memory continue to the man who had done so much for his country and for science.
On proposal of the Universities, the Francqui Foundation attributes each year some "Francqui Chairs".