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hortence (hortence)

Faculty of Architecture (La Cambre-Horta) | Research Centers

(Code: ULB736)

Person in charges of the unit : VAN ACKER Wouter, BERGILEZ Jean-Didier.

hortence is the Research Centre for architectural history, theory and criticism of the Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta of the Université libre de
Bruxelles (ULB). Established in 2008, hortence counts at present more than twenty members. The personality of hortence is characterized by its members –
academics, researchers, PhD students and practising architects – who all engage critically with the history and theory of modern and contemporary

As such, hortence gathers distinct areas of research strength, in particular regarding
‣ the history of the architectural modernism and
postmodernism (1920-1980) (o.a. modernist architects and architecture, modern heritage, postmodern architecture);
‣ the history and criticism of the Belgian
architecture (XXth-XXIst century) ;
‣ the epistemology of architectural practices and modus operandi;
‣ architecture, art and aesthetics – the study
of mediation in architecture (o.a. cultural mediations, exhibitions, photography, cinema, books, journals and magazines, prizes and competitions);
the study of the relationship between genre, sexuality and space.

hortence also seeks as much as possible to enhance, diffuse and to question its research
through the organization of workshops, conferences, colloquia, exhibitions as well as through publications. These activities of research and service to
the community reflect the engagement of its members with teaching courses on the history, theory and criticism of architecture; o.a.. the research seminar on
research methodologies concerning architectural theory, the design studio HTC, and the study groups (“options”) HTC, Restoration and heritage DOCOMOMO
and Archives.

Location : Fl.4.6
Phone number : +32 (0)2 639.24.67
E-mail :
Web site :

Frascati domains:

 • 6.1 History and archaeology

 • 6.4 Art (arts, history of arts, performing arts, music)

Disciplines CRef :

 • Architecture and urban art

 • Decorative arts

 • Design

 • History and arts