Living in Monnikenheide: Care, Inclusion and Architecture
2023, Flanders Architecture Institute
Wivina Demeester is a collectioneur of architecture, that is how Dirk Somers described the extraordinary history of Monnikenheide. It's hard to prove him wrong. Monnikenheide is well worth a visit, but in the meantime, the book "Living in Monnikenheide: care, inclusion and architecture" provides a handy introduction into the place and topic.
Monnikenheide in Zoersel is a residential care centre for people with mental disabilities. A special place for special people, it is examined from an architectural perspective for the first time in this book.
In the fifty-year building history of Monnikenheide, different architects have gone in search of new spatial possibilities, with inclusion as leitmotif. This has created a unique landscape that transcends the boundaries of care architecture. Monnikenheide is a powerful architectural statement about the place of people in society who depend on care.
With contributions by Gideon Boie, Sofie De Caigny, Fredie Floré, Vjera Sleutel, Thomas Vanderveken, Heleen Verheyden and Erik Wieërs.
Artistic photography by Kurt Deruyter.
Archival research by Vjera Sleutel.
Luc Van den Broeck
b0b Van Reeth/ArchitectenWerkGroep
Maarten Van Severen
Architectuurgroep Jo Peeters
Vermeiren De Coster Architecten
FELT architecture & design
Flanders Architecture Institute
Gideon Boie, Sofie De Caigny, Fredie Floré, Vjera Sleutel, Thomas Vanderveken, Heleen Verheyden and Erik Wieërs
Luc Van den Broeck, Bruno Boulanger, Mark Depreeuw, b0b Van Reeth/ArchitectenWerkGroep, Maarten Van Severen, Architectuurgroep Jo Peeters, Huiswerk architecten, Vermeiren De Coster Architecten, Richard Venlet, 51N4E, UR architects, FELT architecture & design
Ine Meganck and Isabel Motz
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