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Design, Crafts and Architecture in Flanders. Do They Relate in Education as in Practice?

Böröcz, Zsuzsanna;


After World War II the urge for efficiency in the western world splits up the happy traditional marriage between (interior) architecture, arts and crafts and design. The crafts survive as ‘hobbies’, disengaged from architecture and design which both seek the alliance of industry. Recent signs indicate that the architectural and design worlds look back to old techniques in search of ornament and narration, influenced by the visual arts and fashion. While in Flanders (Belgium) the disciplines feel the need for a redefinition of their foundations, going back to the source, the Bologna Process pushes higher education in another direction. As a result of the reorganization of arts, heritage and design education, the ‘academized’ craftsman and interior architect is educated in a more technical-scientific framework, which will likely estrange him from an artistic attitude. This would imply that the artisan qualities currently sought after by architects and various designers will be harder to find, and harder to apply because the designers lack insight in the material foundations of their ‘craft’. This paper aims to express concerns by sketching developments in Belgian education which fail to meet both the interests of designers and wider societal needs. It is concerned with the contributions which arts and crafts might make towards a more engaged and ecological design practice. The demand for the attitudes and sensibilities of craftsman and artist in various sectors of society comes at a time when they are all but lost. We wish to plea for an approach to education which implements the dynamics of practice and society in order to maintain a dialogue between training and reality. This approach needs to acknowledge the potential synergy between arts and crafts, architecture, heritage conservation and design.


Palavras-chave: arts and crafts, design, architecture, education, practice,


DOI: 10.5151/despro-icdhs2014-0010

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Como citar:

Böröcz, Zsuzsanna; "Design, Crafts and Architecture in Flanders. Do They Relate in Education as in Practice?", p. 121-126 . In: Tradition, Transition, Tragectories: major or minor influences? [=ICDHS 2014 - 9th Conference of the International Committee for Design History and Design Studies]. São Paulo: Blucher, 2014.
ISSN 2318-6968, DOI 10.5151/despro-icdhs2014-0010

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