IDW International Design Workshop WeekUniversity of Antwerp / Faculty of Design Sciences

Activity: Participation in or organisation ofWorkshop, seminar or course (Participation in/Organisation of)


Design is some sort of a technique to organize things and processes in an efficient and smooth way. In order to create just a beautiful surface it often ignores crucial questions on social and environmental impacts. With our approach we directly focus on these questions using what we call phantasmatic displacements as a tool, which opens up discontinuities, controversies and spaces of reflexion in public sphere. In order to architecture and questions of urban planning it means to create a site-specific fiction which reacts subversive on the surrounding context.

For our workshop we use phantasmatic displacements in the form of construction sign building-blackboards, which have to be designed by the students. The aim is to generate a phantasma which transforms common patterns of perception, creates areas of involvement and penetrates social conditions. Installing these construction sign building-blackboards on selected places in the city the students have to promote their architectural vision to the passerby. By performative interactions they generate together with the passerby a shifted perspective on the symbolic order of the city. So these site-specific fictions have the potential to induce unexpected shifts in everyday life.
Period13 Feb 201717 Feb 2017
Event typeWorkshop
LocationAntwerpen, BelgiumShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Fields of Expertise

  • Sustainable Systems