Lecture by Lucien Kroll (as part of the exhibition in Bozar)

Author of the famous Mémé in Brussels and known throughout the world for his influential thought, Lucien Kroll is one of the major figures of Belgian architecture. He is a trail-blazer in more than one way, for the past 50 years Lucien Kroll has been denouncing the excesses of modernism, urbanisation and industrialisation of housing. He is one of the first architects to have tackled ecology from a global perspective and to have taken civic participation seriously. His work is based on the notions of incrementalism and complexity but his projects don’t leave anything to chance. The plans are carefully controlled. The drawings are complex and precise. This summer, for the very first time in Belgium, A+ and BOZAR are putting on an exhibition devoted to the work of Simone and Lucien Kroll. It was initially conceived in 2015, by the Parisian Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine, it is the only exhibition of this scale, consisting of more than 80 projects and creations, numerous drawings and original plans, texts, videos and previously unseen photos. In Brussels, the exhibition is supplemented with testimonies by Rob Hendriks and Francis Strauven, as well as a first screening of a short short film about his firm and one of its first clustered housing projects in Auderghem. Alongside the exhibition, this summer there will be two summer bars on teaching involvement and La Mémé, a talk by Lucien Kroll and guided tours of La Mémé. Curators: Patrice Goulet, Marie-Hélène Contal (Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine) Scientific adviser: Dag Boutsen (KU Leuven)