Luc Deleu | Orban Space
- An unconventional, dazzling and multi-layered book on one of the most idiosyncratic artists-architects of the past forty years
- Links art and architecture to many topical social issues
Editors: Wouter Davidts, Guy Châtel, Stefaan Vervoort
Contributors: Guy Châtel, Wouter Davidts, Maarten Delbeke, John Macarthur, Felicity D. Scott, Teresa Stoppani, Stefaan Vervoort
2012, Valiz with Luc Deleu – T.O.P. office | supported by Stroom Den Haag, Luc Deleu – T.O.P. office, The Netherlands Architecture Fund, SNS Reaal Fonds, Fonds BKVB/Mondriaan Fonds, The Flemish-Dutch House deBuren, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Arts, Ghent University, Faculty of Architecture, Vlaamse Overheid | paperback | 432 pp. | 24 x 17 cm (h x w) | English | ISBN 978-90-78088-60-8
Since founding T.O.P. (‘Turn On Planning’) office in the 1970s, Belgian architect and artist Luc Deleu (born 1944) has been working on a critical, sociological and ecological approach to urbanism. The name he has given to this approach is ‘orbanism’: an eco-centric global urbanism that has anticipated such contemporary concerns as environmental pollution, overpopulation, food production and the conflict between the individual and the community. Luc Deleu – T.O.P. office: Orban Space is an original collection of both visual and written essays on the work and practice of Deleu and T.O.P. office. It brings together an international group of artists and scholars in an effort to chart this intricate body of work, and to situate this practice within a broader historical and theoretical framework. The book proposes a conceptual topography, articulated upon seven lemmas: imitation, architecture, sculpture, mobility, scale, depiction and manifesto.