We are proudly announcing Jasper van der Linden and Ludovica Cassina of BC architects as our next speakers for #26 School’s out!
If we want to achieve our climate targets, we need to change the building industry and develop other, bio-based materials. We can transform pure earth of construction sites to local building materials such as clay plasters, compressed earth blocks and rammed earth for walls and floors. These products are circular, carbon-neutral, healthy and possess minimal grey energy. This approach also puts new demands on architectural design and construction.
BC Architects (Brussels Cooperation) started as a loose cooperation between young Brussels architects and artists, which resulted in installations, re-search projects and open-source design networks. The company now has three organizational structures: BC Architects, an architectural design office in the normal sense; BC Studies, which researches how social design and architecture can contribute to the contemporary and global Zeitgeist in an independent way; and BC Materials, which uses urban mining to gather earth from building sites and transform it into circular building materials.
On Saturday 28 May, we are hosting a one-day workshop led by Jasper van der Linden and Ludovica Cassina of BC Architects, putting the theory into practice. With a small group, we will hands-on explore the possibilities are of building with loam and local clay. Unfortunately the Workshop is fully booked.
Starting between 2009 and 2012, the BC team currently consists of 4 co-founders and around 15 collaborators, working from Brussels on projects on the European and African continents. BC consists of BC architects, BC studies and BC materials. BC is a hybrid practice, designing and undertaking "acts of building" towards systemic change in the construction sector. They strive for bioregional, low-tech, circular, beautiful and inclusive design. They work with their minds and hands, undertaking activities such as community organization, material production, contracting, teaching, prototyping. BC’s aim is to impact positively on people's ideas and the planet. They act on behalf of future generations. BC architects is an award-winning office, and is teaching at KULeuven University (BE), UHasselt University (BE), and has taught at EiABC Addis Ababa University (ET), ETH Zurich (CH), TU Stuttgart (DE), TU München (DE).