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Former C&A store, Verviers, Belgium
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The face of the Belgian city of Antwerp would surely look different today without the work of architect Léon Stynen (1899-1990): over more than four decades Stynen has added a considerable number of buildings to the fabric of the Belgian harbor city, including the BP Building or the DeSingel cultural campus. His hometown Antwerp always remained the anchor point of his life from his student days at the local Art Academy in the 1910s and 1920s up until the end of his long life. Irrespective of his close ties to Antwerp Stynen also influenced the Belgian architectural scene in general, realizing significant buildings also in Brussels, Knokke and other towns and teaching at Antwerp Art Academy, the newly founded Institute for Architecture and Town Planning as well as leading the Ter Kameren Institute in Brussels on request of Henry van de Velde. In 2018 the Vlaams Architectuurinstituut not only staged a retrospective of Stynen’s work but also published the present and highly readable monograph: „Léon Stynen - A Life in Architecture“ is the most comprehensive English-language publication on the architect and provides detailed insights into his life and work. Besides featuring a detailed work catalogue and a very interesting photographic essay by Philip Dujardin showing a number of his buildings in their current state, different authors shed light on the development of Stynen’s architecture: in his early clearly indebted to the example of Le Corbusier and international modernism it was the discovery of reinforced concrete that ultimately transformed Stynen’s architecture towards a grander gesture and eventually a Brutalist
idiom. As „unofficial“ town architect Stynen together with his partner Paul de Meyer also intervened in the existing context of Antwerp, finding infill solutions and dealing with the history and context of an old town, an aspect of their work that is being addressed and analyzed with regards to lessons for today’s urban planning.
The book is an insightful and absolutely entertaining read, comprehensive and beautifully designed. Highly recommended!
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Baukunst, Bureau Bouwtechniek
Polyvalent Infrastructure La Fraineuse, Spa, Belgium
Photos by Aldo Amoretti
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something about rain in Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium you say?
A flooded street in Verviers, Belgium (photo: Belga)
Residents of Valkenburg, Netherlands, assessing the damage done to their houses (photo: Marcel van den Bergh)
A battered ship at the Maas river in Luik, Belgium (photo: AFP)
An army vehicle removes debris in Aachen, (North Rhine-Westphalia) Germany (photo: DPA)
Damage in Schuld, (Rhineland-Pfalz) Germany, where the Ahr river flooded (photo: EPA)
A woman swims through a flooded street in Luik, Belgium, where the Maas river flooded (photo: Reuters)
Two men in Bad Neuenahr, (Rhineland-Pfalz) Germany, attempt to rescue what they can (photo: AFP)
The running water stacked cars on a roundabout in Verviers, Belgium (photo: AFP)
An auto mechanic in Mechelen, Netherlands, watching the water run into his garage (photo: Marcel van den Bergh)
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Gent Belgium by :
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On June the 14th the constitutional court in Belgium stated that prohibition of wearing religious signs in an establishment of higher education does not constitute a violation of freedom of religion nor a violation of the right to human dignity which includes the right to education.
This declaration meant that Hijab-wearing women don’t have the right to get higher education. Some will, unfortunately, give up on their dreams and some will be forced to remove the hijab to get an education.
“I was in a school establishment where wearing a hijab was forbidden. Therefore, every morning, when I go to school, I had to take it off and put it in my bag. I had the feeling that I was enduring microaggressions from a system that was supposed to protect me”.
#HijabisFightBack was a way to protest this discrimination. ✊🏽 The right to education should not be negotiable. (source)
A gentle reminder to all that the first university the world ever saw was founded by a Muslim woman. Today, we have to beg to be able to wear a hijab and get an education at the same time — both of which are fundamental rights that our women are being stripped of.
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The vibes from the first semi-final:
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i haven’t really seen anyone on here talk about this so i thought i’d share cause this is absolutely upsetting and scary and we need to do something about it!!!!
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Het Verdronken Land van Saeftinghe, the Netherlands
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my favourite thing from today: Sebastian Vettel wandering off without telling Aston Martin and being found through the Haas Twitter account playing football in an empty garage with Mick Schumacher and some engineers
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Wander in Bruges, Belgium.
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Gent, Belgium, photo by orion_concept
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Antwerp Central. x
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People need to realise this was no normal “flooding”.
The people living in the areas affects, in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, they are all used to high water and occasional floodings when the big rivers rund at a high tide, like the Rhine, the Mose,the Maas etc. This water came pouring from the sky suddenly turned over millions of bathtubs, it rained as much in half an hour as it normally does in half a year.
In North Rhine-Westphalia, around 200 litres of rain fell per square metre last week.
The problem was the small creeks and streams that usually are maybe 1m wide or atm totally dried out because of the heatwaves and droughts in the last years. Those streams grew to 100 times there size in many parts within minutes, breaking out of the river beds and flooding everything in their paths at night.
The other problem was that most of the dams and water reservoirs held a lot of water because everyone was anticipating another bad drought, so lots of water was saved up from this summer. When the torrential rains hit the dams were close to breaking point and it some cases did break.
This is climate change in action.
The disaster has not ended but only moved on to South and East Germany, Switzerland and Austria now.
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Brussels, Belgium by Javi Muniain
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