In Brussels of the mid 1970s ‘counter-projects’ produced by students of La Cambre became a tool of resistance that resonated with the activism of the Atelier de Recherche et d’Action Urbaines (ARAU) and the Archives d’Architecture Moderne (AAM). These drawing-manifestoes simultaneously criticised existing proposals for urban development and offered alternatives. Isabelle Doucet revisits the less-known ‘first’ generation of counter-projects and illuminates how these architectural ‘reactions’, while similar in method and aim, can differed greatly as projective gestures. They functioned as test-grounds for aesthetic articulation as much as for political provocation.
|Original language||Multiple languages|
|Title of host publication||Action and Reaction in Architecture|
|Editors||Tom Avermaete, Christophe Van Gerrewey, Veronique Patteeuw|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Name||OASE: Journal for Architecture|
Doucet, I. (2016). Aesthetics between provocation and production: Counter-projects. In T. Avermaete, C. Van Gerrewey, & V. Patteeuw (Eds.), Action and Reaction in Architecture (pp. 91-98). (OASE: Journal for Architecture; No. 97). NAi Publishers.