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The Future of the Other Modern

With support of The General Representation of the Government of Flanders, at the Embassy of Belgium in the United Kingdom.

The Future of the Other Modern wants to address the value of post-war architecture in our contemporary city. We bring together a panel of architects, critics and historians from both Belgium and the UK to discuss the future of post-war architecture.

Questions we would like to address are: how do we raise awareness for the multifaceted nature of post-war architecture? While the iconic modernist buildings are internationally championed and protected, how can we build support for other less obvious, but equally interesting, examples that express a different range of values in terms of, for instance, local importance or significance within the collective memory? And how can architects of today approach the future of these buildings?

Belgian architect  Léon Stynen epitomises a generation of post-war modernist architects in Europe. Their oeuvres and profiles share many similarities. Typically, these architects were part of a strong national and international network. They were up-to-date and knowledgeable, prolific and varied builders, consummate professionals, and able to access large-scale, highly visible commissions for the welfare state. Their rich modernist architecture has a lasting impact on the urban fabric of our cities. Showing Stynen’s oeuvre at the brutalist Silver Building, a former brewery by the Irish architects Munce & Kennedy, underlines the value of modernist heritage and its contemporary relevance.

For more information about the Belgian architect Léon Stynen go to

Programme 6 June

7:15 pm | Guided tour in the exhibition with curators Nina Serulus and Bart Tritsmans
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm | Opening programme
Welcome and introduction by Flanders house & Flanders Architecture Institut
Lecture by dr. Sofie De Caigny (director Flanders Architecture Institute)Engaging Léon Stynen. Contemporary Valorisation and Interventions
Lecture by dr. Barnabas Calder (University of Liverpool) Brutalism: Architecture's greatest moment?
Moderated discussion
9:30 pm | Drinks

This is part of a series of events, alongside an exhibition and guided tour.
Guided Tour:

06 June 2019

19:15 -23:00

Admission: FREE

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Image: Stynen Scaled, Flanders Architecture Institute, 2019. Photographer: Dries Luyten


Silver Building

60 Dock Road, London E16 1YZ E16 1YZ

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