Lecture: Huib Hoste, Pioneer of Belgian Modernism
27 September 2015, Vriendenzaal Musea Brugge, Bruges, Belgium
"A lecture by Dr. Ann Verdonck to coincide with the exhibition ´The Visionary City´ in the Arentshuis, as part of the 2015 Triennial 2015. The lecture will be given in Dutch.
Architect and urban planner Huib Hoste (1881-1957) is now regarded as one of the most remarkable figures of the Belgian avant-garde. He grew up in Bruges in a French-speaking and strict Catholic environment. He completed more than 33 commissions in the years before the First World War, including a number of renovation projects. These early assignments were almost wholly in keeping with the neo-Gothic tradition of his mentor, the city architect Charles De Wulf. However, during his exile in the Netherlands during the war years Hoste came into contact with the many different faces of Modernism. As a result, he became a powerful advocate of innovative architecture and a new approach to urban planning. He soon acquired an international reputation and in 1928 was present at the foundation of the Congrès Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM, International Congress of Modern Architecture), an initiative of Le Corbusier. In these circumstances, it is hardly surprising that he took part in the competition to find a design for a new station at the edge of the city centre in Bruges. This was the ideal opportunity for Hoste to integrate the CIAM philosophy into the development of a historic inner city with a unique character and style."
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