60 years of Brussels architecture

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Produced under the direction of the city’s architect-planner Maurice Culot and supported by the Brussels-Capital Region authorities the book “Architecture Brussels from 1950 to today” maps the development of city architecture against the backdrop of changes in society.

Its selection of more than 400 buildings covers a period from the monumental works of the immediate post-war period to the freedom of the latest generation of architects.

Through words and images, the reader is able to follow the development of a capital city going through an intense period of destruction during peacetime (‘Bruxellisation’) followed by a revival of the tradition of invention as shown at the time of Art Nouveau.

Today the capital of Europe, Brussels has no hesitation in inviting renowned creators to redesign emblematic elements, such as Jean Nouvel for the South Station (Midi), the southern gateway to the city, Alain Sarfati for the approaches to the Central Station, Christian de Portzamparc for the European quarter, and the Dutch agency KCAP for the Heysel plateau.

The first work devoted to contemporary architecture in Brussels contains offers referring to bookshops, cafés, concert halls, walks and underground stations, etc. that are evocative of the atmosphere to be found in the city today.

The book is well illustrated and divided into decades. In addition to the photographs, includes many preparatory sketches and drawings.

Published by Editions AAM “Architecture Brussels from 1950 to today.” (price: EUR 25)

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