Urban Therapy: Everything started in Brussels

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MICHAEL MORADIELLOS

Michael Moradiellos, born in Brussels [1979]. Architect at Institut Supérieur d’Architecture Victor Horta in Brussels, since, and during, his architectural studies in Bruxelles (diploma work in 2002), develops a high compromise with management and innovative entrepreneurship, being the leader of several Student Associations (CVH, Hortacitylink) and in charge of the management of complex events in the city. After a powerful experience in India, he decides to take a chance in Spain, the Architecture’s ”El Dorado” for young architects on those years and purchase a PhD in Sustainable urban development at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. The same year he started collaborating with the young architecture office Nodo17 to set up an office from zero to a middle company, working there during three years.

Director of the [R]activa04 workshops, founding partner of Urbanacción and other innovative structures, he started to see clearly what are his abilities and how “make things happen, faster”.

He then began to work at ecosistema urbano architects as the director of communication. Two years later he became a partner and worked as the director of international business development, in charge of marketing and sells, as well as creating work for a non-conventional office during five years. In 2011 he decided to found in Spain outsidethebox|tm to add value to architecture offices through innovative services and management strategical vision, and he is also founding partner of “Lateral Thinking Factory”, supporting projects according to the Cradle to Cradle principles with a multidisciplinary network of world experts, including Michael Braungart and William Mc Donough.

 

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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