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    The exhibition is essentially centred on the idea of ‘Creating Worlds’. It attempts to bring together two characters: the architect and the child. © Photo: Filip Dujardin
    Only the young architect holds the key to the vast imaginary world he is in the pro- cess of creating by shaping the surface of the beach. © Photo: Filip Dujardin
    In the beginning, the world is an absurd chaos. And we become adventurers, in search of the centre of the labyrinth. © Photo: Filip Dujardin
    In the course of our wanderings, we col- lect some objects whose brightness suddenly stroke us. When nostalgia for these illuminations grips us, we become stage directors, trying to bring these lost objects back to life. © Photo: Filip Dujardin
    The fragments we accumulate constitute the bricks of a vast collective language, the meanings of which we share through the abstraction of speech. We then become bricoleurs, capable of always constructing and deconstructing new and complex assemblies. © Photo: Filip Dujardin
    The empirical experience of the world is not satisfying enough for us. We we tend to objectify to objectify it in order to understand it. © Photo: Filip Dujardin
    The origin of architecture, the ‘primi- tive hut’, is then no longer to be sought in the childhood of humankind, as rationalist architects thought. It is located deep within each of us, in the playful childhood of our minds. © Photo: Filip Dujardin
    Public spaces reserved for children to play in, playgrounds are an expression of that right to play. The very first play- grounds emerged in the second half of the nineteenth century already in order to steer children away from the new dangers of the city © Photo: Filip Dujardin
    The exhibition Designed Landscapes (November 2018 - March 2019, CIVA) offers an unprecedented look at the landscape of the Brussels Region, discovering the unique history of its parks and public gardens. © Photo: Thomas Ost
    Through numerous original documents, partly unpublished, the exhibition offers an overview of the landscape creations between 1775 and the contemporary period, their authors as well as the historical and political context. © Photo: Thomas Ost
    The exhibition also seeks to situate Brussels creations in an international cultural framework and to highlight the specific tools of the landscape architect. © Photo: Thomas Ost
    The garden has long been associated with the history of the city. Brussels, in the 17th and 18th centuries, had a large number of planted areas inside for its pleasure or practical use. © Photo: Thomas Ost
    The notion of a public garden, however, did not take hold until late in the late 18th century. © Photo: Thomas Ost
    This new concept will now support the entire development of the city and the region through versions of an impressive typological and aesthetic richness. : parks, squares, gardens, planted boulevards, walks, cemeteries ... © Photo: Thomas Ost
    © Photo: Thomas Ost
    © Photo: Thomas Ost
    © Photo: Thomas Ost
    © Photo: Thomas Ost
    © Photo: Thomas Ost