CIVA TALKS Sylvia Karres (karres+brands) — Change as Tradition
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Lecture by Sylvia Karres (karres+brands) in auditorium MSI, KU Leuven.
In the course of Fall 2018, CIVA and KU Leuven’s Department of Architecture (Faculty of Engineering Sciences) join forces for the organization of a lecture series on landscape architecture in Europe. A number of high-level practitioners will talk about their design practice in an urban or urbanizing context. The lecture series is part of the MaHS-MaUSP postgraduate programs at KU Leuven, and accompanies the CIVA exhibition Designed Landscapes — Brussels 1775-2020 that will open on 16 November 2018. Sylvia Karres' lecture Change as Tradition is part of this series.
With reference to her own projects and the office Karres and Brands Sylvia Karres talks about her great fascination: transformation in city and landscape. What are the structures that remain intact over time and how can we use characteristics of the past in a new way in our contemporary projects?
Sylvia Karres (1956) studied landscape architecture at the de Rijks Hogere School voor Tuin- en Landschapsinrichting in Boskoop and at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. She previously worked at Bureau Maas, the Province of Noord-Holland and during ten years as a designer and project leader at the Bakker and Bleeker offices (now B + B) in Amsterdam. In 1997 she founded, together with Bart Brands, the office Karres and Brands. Sylvia is director and co-owner of Karres and Brands. With her bureau she works on varied and high-profile assignments in the field of landscape architecture, public space, urban design and infrastructure, both at home and abroad. For 8 years, Sylvia was the spatial quality supervisor for the Rijkswaterstaat SAA project and she was / is a member of various advisory committees and juries such as the Stationsomgeving / Beurskwartier supervision team in Utrecht and the jury of the Gouden Piramide, the State Prize for good commissioning in the Netherlands.