Hogeschool voor Wetenschap & Kunst, Departement Architectuur
Reflections vol:15 pages:112-127
The St Lucas School of Architecture in Ghent and Brussels has developed an implicit tradition of designing and doing – kinds of – research simultaneously. Our article focuses on the first of a series of research studios in Interior Architecture, called ‘Explicit’. This studio aims at making research not only explicit as a motor of design processes, but even important, as a way for the interior architect to act within and with the world, by means of his or her architectures. The studio develops and uses designerly research methods, theories and practices, edifying knowledge and competence. We argue that the Explicit research studio emanates an educational environment that is able to foster, produce and represent knowledge, but that it also institutes and propagates involvement and care. The Explicit Studio forms a temporary, small and intense research community where – often contradictory – values and types of knowledge are shared and exchanged.
In the spring of 2010, two researchers sheltered their respective research subjects (Johan Liekens’ ”Architecture’s provoking instrumentality”, and Karel Deckers’ “Creative workings of the architectural uncanny”’ in Explicit’s educational environment.
This article elucidates the educational framework constituted in the interplay between both research projects. It lists the most important characteristics, objectives and structures of the research studio. It also elucidates Explicit’s paradoxical interplay in between the individual and the collective, the process and the result, the method and the medium.