‘Everything Architecture’ graphics, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, 2016 (images © Bas Princen)
‘Everything Architecture’ graphics, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, 2016 (images © Bas Princen)
‘Everything Architecture’ graphics, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, 2016 (images © Bas Princen)
‘Everything Architecture’ guide, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, 2016 (images © Stefano Graziani)
‘Everything Architecture’ guide, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, 2016 (images © Stefano Graziani)
‘Everything Architecture’ guide, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, 2016 (images © Stefano Graziani)
‘Everything Architecture’ guide, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, 2016 (images © Stefano Graziani)



The Difficult Whole

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‘In 1966, architecture critic Robert Venturi published Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, a manifesto that became one of the twentieth century’s most important statements about architecture. Drawing on both vernacular and high-style sources, Venturi introduced new lessons from the buildings of architects who were well known, like Michelangelo and Alvar Aalto, and those whose work had been forgotten, like Frank Furness and Edwin Lutyens. Arguing against the diagrammatic forms that dominated the field at that time, Venturi made a case instead for “the difficult whole.” Nearly fifty years later, this book offers a fresh analysis and thorough reevaluation of Venturi’s landmark work and its legacy. Through a radical rereading of material from the archives of Venturi, Scott Brown, and Associates, the editors propose a credible alternative to contemporary architectural discourse, one that takes account of Venturi’s arguments and offers a way forward. Featuring essays from a number of prominent critics and architects, as well as close analyses of thirty-five projects by Venturi, Scott Brown, and Associates, The Difficult Whole is sure to spark discussion—and inspiration—throughout the worlds of architecture and design.’

Edited and with contributions by Kersten Geers, Jelena Pančevac, and Andrea Zanderigo. With photographs by Bas Princen.


Architecture Without Content at the 27th Brno Biennale


Small sets, editions, visual identities, long-term collaborations

The International Exhibition, a traditional part of the Brno Biennial, presents a selection of submitted works created over the past four years. The International Exhibition is focused on graphic design projects in a scope corresponding to small sets – editions, visual identities or long term collaborations – in other words examples of a consistent approach spanning a range of applications, media and techniques. The intention is to present a coherent selection of projects represented in their entirety and by doing so to enable deeper insight into the profession of graphic design. One-off projects and solitary works are not included in the International Exhibition. A group of designers and design theorists assessed each submitted work on the basis of its originality of approach, aesthetic and functional qualities, and with a special regard given to the project as a whole, while bearing in mind the spatial limitations of the exhibition space.


‘The catalogue, often considered a byproduct of art exhibitions, finally receives the attention it deserves in this celebratory Pecha Kucha-style event. Renowned artists, designers and curators present an exhibition catalogue of choice in a marathon of short presentations.’

With, amongst others, Luc Derycke, Thomas Desmet, Marc Goethals, James Goggin (on Skype from Chicago), Nav Haq, Antony Hudek, Annie Gentils, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Inge Ketelers, Joris Kritis, Anders Kreuger, Johan Pas, Laure Prouvost, David Senior (on Skype from New York) and Natasha Soobramanien

Organised by Sara De Bondt as part of her research at KASK / School of Arts Gent, with interventions by its MA Graphic Design students. Supported by Born in Antwerp and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.


Graphic #35 Book Designs


‘Issue #35 of GRAPHIC explores contemporary book design. It is the final one that completes “The Book Trilogy” of GRAPHIC as originally intended, following #30 Publishers and #33 Bookshops. It features interviews with eleven designers/studios along with their comments on some books that they have designed. Six others contributed their own sections using their creativity to show their book design practices.’


Architecture Without Content – Sold Out

Architecture Without Content
Edited by Kersten Geers, Joris Kritis, Jelena Pancevac, Giovanni Piovene, Dries Rodet, Andrea Zanderigo

‘Architecture Without Content is architecture reduced to its very perimeter. Only the economy of the envelope determines the success of the building. Its radical frugality does not make it less critical. Economy of means is the weapon of choice to express its ideology. Architecture Without Content finds its roots in the Big Box. Architecture Without Content is too big to ignore.’


SET by Na Kim available

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Edited by Na Kim & Joris Kritis, designed by Joris Kritis

‘This book features a collection of Na Kim’s work from 2006 to 2015 published on the occasion of her fourth solo exhibition, SET (named after this publication) at DOOSAN Gallery New York, from October 8 to November 5, 2015. For this book, fragments of her works are set in more or less personal categories, taking on a form reminiscent of a sample book. In contrast with other catalogues that are linked to an exhibition, published before the show’s opening, this book sketches the pre-exhibition content and establishes the guidelines for the imaginary stage set in the exhibition space. With texts by Seewon Hyun and Wonhwa Yoon.’


‘Imagine Istanbul’, Europalia 2015

Imagine Istanbul
Exhibition Architecture by Asli Cicek
Graphic Design by Joris Kritis

‘For centuries Istanbul has exercised a magical power of attraction on photographers, filmmakers, writers and musicians from home and abroad. In the exhibition Imagine Istanbul, alongside photos by the Turkish–Armenian Magnum photographer Ara Güler—the ‘Eye of Istanbul’—you can also see works by Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Turkish-Dutch ‘Photographer of the Fatherlands’ Ahmet Polat. Europalia sent the Belgian Magnum photographer Bieke Depoorter to Istanbul. She returned with powerful images of the legendary city on the Bosporus. The exhibition itself is laid out in the form of a photographic circuit, with new compositions by the French musician Débruit, films, interviews with, amongst others, Orhan Pamuk and installations by contemporary artists such as Ayşe Erkmen, Sophie Calle and Kasper Bosmans.’


Idea 371: ‘Ideapedia’

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Contribution ‘Jean-Paul Goude’

‘IDEA #371 is based on the theme of “Ideapedia”, a lexicon of contemporary thought amongst some of the best designers working today. IDEA’s editorial staff asked individual designers to help them create an illustrated encyclopedia/ reference book consisting of keywords, visual images, and texts written by the designers that highlight what is most pressing for graphic designers today. The result is an amazingly intriguing, fully English/Japanese bilingual databank of contemporary design.’


‘Book for Architects’ at ETH Zürich

‘Book for Architects’
Curated by Fredi Fischli, Andri Gerber and Niels Olsen in collaboration with gta Archives

‘OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen & Joris Kritis show in a dialectic presentation the primary characteristics of books. On two separate tables they confront dummies with ‘completed’ publications. By this comparison they reveal and discuss the fundamental elements that define publishing and its production decisions: How does paper, weight and dimension constitute the meaning of this object?’


Joris Kritis (1983) studied graphic design at Sint-Lucas Ghent and was a participant of the Werkplaats Typografie between 2006 & 2008. Since 2009 he is working as an independent graphic designer. From 2009 till 2011 he was designing the arts review ‘Metropolis M’ in collaboration with Julie Peeters and in 2010 they restyled the graphic identity of the ‘Beursschouwburg’ in Brussels [BE], which won the audience award in the ‘Cobra Power of Print’ competition. In 2013 he started his own office in Brussels. In 2011, his work has been selected for the Brno Biennale [CZ] and with the book ‘Changing Cultures of Planning’, he won a bronze medal in the ‘Most Beautiful Book of the World’-competition in Leipzig [DE]. The ‘Flanders Architectural Review 2012’ was selected for the ‘Best Designed Books’ in the Netherlands. ‘During the Exhibition, the Studio Will Be Close’ and ‘Film As A Form Of Writing’ have been awarded the ‘Prix Fernand Baudin Prijs’ in 2015. He has been teaching in the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam between 2011 & 2013, and has given workshops in Belgium, The Netherlands, Aruba, South Korea and Estonia.


Volume 2, OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, Review, 2016
It’s Nice That, Feature, 2016
Interieur 2016, Interview, 2015
‘Rereading Appropriation’, Review, 2015
‘Works on Paper – Walter Swennen’, Review, 2015
Brno Biennale, Interview, 2014
Typojanchi Biennale, 2013


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