1986, the Fondation pour lıArchitecture has observed, questioned and shared
with others its interest in architecture, the city and its living environment.
Observing, with curiosity and passion, but without being influenced either
by fashion or generally accepted ideas. Questioning, and debating, because
beyond the forms and images, there are also technical, ethical and political
challenges. Sharing with others, because that is the fundamental role
of a public place a meeting place and a forum for citizens.
A meeting place,
a place for reflection anddiscussion, the Fondation pour lıArchitecture,
created in 1986 on the initiative of the architect Philippe Rotthier, plays
a major role in the dissemination of architectural culture in Belgium. The
building which is home to the Foundation was extended first of all in 1990,
through the development of a new exhibition area, the ³gallery², and in
2000 the Fondation integrated the International Centre for Urbanism, Architecture
and Landscape (CIVA) in a new architectural complex covering 7000 square
meters. The new institutional framework and the development of the architectural
scene have led the Fondation pour lıArchitecture to renew its ambitions
and refocus its actions.
Today, the Fondation
expresses itself mainly through major exhibitions, organised in partnership
with the Archives dıArchitecture Moderne. The aim of these specially created
exhibitions is to allow a wide audience to appreciate figures and aspects
of Belgian architecture which are, as yet, relatively unknown. These events
are not simply retrospectives or specialised exhibitions, they also combine
in a dynamic, interactive way architectural heritage and contemporary creation.
As it has always done, the Fondation pour lıArchitecture continues to adopt
an original, questioning, exploratory approach, which remains unaffected
by fashionable phenomena.
these major events, the Fondation pursues, both within the CIVA and outside
its walls, its activities in the area of architectural creation and news:
competitions, international meetings, events, publications, etc. It also
organises the triennial Philippe Rotthier European Prize for Architecture,
created in 1982, which today enjoys an international reputation.