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Hachez, Aurélie

When for an architect the finality of work is building, detour must be taken for a reason. #01#02#03 is an artist book, the result of a collaboration between an architect and an editor-designer. Taking three architectural projects as a starting point, the artist book was envisioned as a detour from the typical architecture portfolio. It served the reflection on the act of making architecture, exposing what occurs during the conception of projects rather than showing the projects themselves. Constrained by the parameters of the artistic medium, the design of this artist book allowed the identification of specific tools and methodologies for architectural conception: the embrace of side-effects during the design and production stages, the concept of "undesigning", and the general role of art in an architecture practice. A few specific questions emerged from the working of the book: What happens to a renovated art deco apartment when it is looked through the eyes of a fashion photographer? What does a renovated Brussels house become when it is coupled with literature in the space of a page? What if the recon-struction of a Wallonian farm is presented in the form of an art catalogue for a performance?

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