Wild studies aims to
safeguard and reactivate
ancestral knowledge as
a generator of meaning
Let us soften the assumed oppositions between the local, traditional, disadvantaged and the globalized, contemporary, prosperous by activating meaningful roles for the traditional in a sustainable and contemporary architecture.”
As Western architects
and researchers it is
our aim to design
spaces with a particular
set of qualities:
Sustainable in a vernacular way, by translating globally available knowledge to locally available resources and skills in order to achieve low-impact, low-tech and climate-adaptive buildings.
We currently work in Nepal, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Greenland and Peru. The ‘post-school’ project in Nepal will result in a new school typology of which the first prototype will be built in the spring of 2018. In DRC we are in the design stadium of what we call ‘des centres généreux’. On four different locations, these centers will soon be initialized and will grow over the years through an iteration process with our research group and local partners. In Peru, in the small village of Taray in the Andes we are designing a fully sustainable village with the qualities of the ancient Andean hamlets, based on the ancestral knowledge of the Inca’s. In Greenland we hope to participate in a new school building, which will teach youngsters the ancient hunting techniques.
Wild Studies is a research & design group founded by four members of the design, construction and research departments of the Faculty of Architecture of the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL). It builds on three main pillars: research, practise and education, which continuously infuse one another. All our projects are embedded in several on going educational case studies, in collaboration with international master students from the department of Interior Architecture and Architecture.
We have currently research & building projects in Nepal, Congo and Peru, and in our own architectural & research practise. For each project we collaborate with alumni of KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture to do the follow-up, and with local architects and engineers.
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Tradition is mostly a non-conscious system that organises and maintains a sense of historicity, context, coherence, hierarchy and meaning in the constant forward flow of culture”