The collective invention in architecture. Lucien Kroll passes away

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Lucien Kroll

Lucien Kroll (13 March 1927 – 2 August 2022) was a Belgian architect known for his projects involving participation by the future inhabitants of the buildings. Kroll was born in Brussels on 13 March 1927. A former student of the ENSAV (today the Faculty of Architecture of the Free University of Brussels) and the International Higher Institute of Applied Urbanism, he is a founding member of the Institute of Industrial Aesthetics.

He is, in particular, the author of an important part of the Woluwe-Saint-Lambert campus of the Catholic University of Leuven. His main work “La Mémé” is the residential building of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Leuven, Belgium, from 1970 to 1976. These buildings caused a great deal of controversy in the early 1970s (and even today), their fragmentation and improvised appearance, the result of a deliberate participatory project process, in stark contrast to the massive and repetitive adjacent hospital, confront it with anonymous and standardized lines of realization. In 1982 he also designed the Alma metro station.



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