Full house for lecture Shingo Masuda and Richard Venlet


Last week, a first lecture took place as part of TRIBRU24 in co-production with Archipel. Architect Shingo Masuda and artist Richard Venlet talked about their practice and the richness of scarcity.

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More than 140 people registered to attend this inspiring double lecture at the unique location Crematorium Polderbos. OFFICE kgdvs designed this building in collaboration with Richard Venlet and Bureau Bas Smets and during his lecture made connections between elements of the crematorium and his other art projects. Before that, Shingo Masuda of Japanese architecture firm Shingo Masuda + Katsuhisa Otsubo Architects showed how his practice always starts from the question ‘Is it truly necessary?’.

Two different interpretations of the richness of scarcity were thus discussed during the evening. Shingo Masuda + Katsuhisa Otsubo Architects looks at each design starting from the question ‘Is it truly necessary’?
As architects, should we keep making additions, or can we approach the existing in a smarter way? Through subtle interventions, they enhance the quality of a place and how it is experienced by its users or passers-by. Richard Venlet repeatedly (re)creates spaces as an invitation to reflect, exhibit or inspire others. Present or absent? It resulted in an interesting dialogue about creating possibilities out of scarcity, starting from what is already there and looking for what is truly necessary.

On Thursday 23 May, Bruges Triennial and Archipel will organise another double lecture. This time with Alessandra Covini of Studio Ossidiana and André de Baerdemaeker of Bureau Stadsnatuur.
More information can be found here.