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ReUse

Mission Statement

The ReUse team of the ae-lab studies nineteenth- and twentieth-century architectural heritage and industrial patrimony. The research activities include both fundamental research and applied research. Fundamental research in construction history gathers theoretical and practical knowledge on our architectural heritage and the building culture. Applied research explores strategies for a qualitative renovation or restoration of the heritage. One of the main objectives of our team is to reconcile the authenticity of the architectural heritage with the modern standards regarding comfort and safety.

The investigations focus mostly on the Belgian and more in particular on the Brussels built heritage. Yet the research perspective is always embedded in an international context. The research topics vary from building actors (architects, contractors, engineers, etc.) to building typologies (warehouses, fire proof buildings, public architecture, private architecture, etc.), building materials and construction techniques (wood, iron and steel, concrete, riveting, finishing materials, etc.).

More information (pdf-file in Dutch)

Team members

Prof. Dr. Ine Wouters
Coordinator Prof. Dr. Ine Wouters
ZAP Prof. Dr. Inge Bertels
Prof. Dr. Filip Descamps
Prof. Dr. Ann Verdonck
Prof. Dr. Stephanie Van de Voorde
Post doctoral researcher Dr. Quentin Collette
Phd students Bert Belmans
Sarah De Boeck
Marianne Defossé
Matthijs Degraeve
Pieter De Raedt
Jelena Dobbels
Yves Govaerts
Zhaleh Hedayat
Marieke Jaenen [UA-VUB]
Sarah Melsens
Linsy Raaffels
Louis Vandenabeele
Frederik Vandyck
Romain Wibaut [VUB-KU Leuven]
Former members Dr. Dorien Aerts
Dr. Michael de Bouw
Dr. Liesbeth Dekeyser
Prof. Dr. Isabelle Doucet
Dr. Leen Lauriks [VUB-UGent]
Iva Stoyanova
Dr. Bart Tritsmans [UA-VUB]
Maaike van der Tempel
Koen Verswijver
Dr. Sara Wermiel

Projects

A full list of the research and educational projects in which ReUse is involved can be found on the projects page of this website.

Latest ReUse Projects

Full overview of projects and PhD research (since 2008)

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

  • Brains (Back) to Brussels 2011: Creating a typology of warehouses for Brussels and beyond
    [Innoviris Brains to Brussels project 2012]
  • Innovations in cast iron in nineteenth century in Belgium
    [VUB OZR 2012]
  • Restoration strategies for stone imitating renders: Development of a tool for composing repair mortars
    [IWT scholarship 2012-2016]
  • Second European Summer School on Construction History in Brussels, CH.ESS 2012
    [EU, 2011-2013]

2011

2010

  • Reuse and optimization of heat- and wind induced low pressure ventilation systems
    [IWT scholarship, 2010-2014]
  • Riveted connections in historical metal structures (1840-1940). Hot-driven rivets: technology, design and experiments.
    [FWO scholarship 2009-2014]

2008

  • Material-technical research of modern decorative plasters: from modern craftsmanship to contemporary renovation techniques
    [VUB research assistant 2008-2014]
  • Contribution of the glass cladding to the overall structural behaviour of nineteenth-century iron and glass roofs
    [IWT scholarship 2008-2012]

Finished doctoral research (since 2008)

2015

  • Material history and study of cimorné decorative cement render: from interwar craftsmanship to contemporary restoration guidelines
    Liesbeth Dekeyser [VUB]
  • Occupancy and Activitiy Modelling for Building Energy Demand Simulations, Comparative Feedback and Residential Electricity Demand Characterisation
    Dorien Aerts [VUB]

2014

  • Riveted connections in historical metal structures (1840-1940). Hot-driven rivets: technology, design and experiments
    Quentin Collette [VUB]
  • Layered Landscapes. Urban green spaces between policy and perception, Antwerp 1859-1973
    Bart Tritsmans [UA-VUB]

2012

  • Contribution of the glass cladding to the overall structural behaviour of nineteenth-century iron and glass roofs
    Leen Lauriks [VUB-UGent]

2010

  • Brussels Model Schools (1860-1920) The Structural Assessment of the Metal Roof Trusses
    Michael de Bouw [VUB]

Latest ReUse news

2017-06-156th International Congress on Construction History: the Call for Abstracts is open!
2017-06-09Kick-off 'Building Brussels' on June 9
2017-04-21ReUse Research Seminar: May 30, 2017
2017-04-19There is more than just Horta in the capital city!
2017-04-05"Deconstruction". International symposium at TU Delft (April 24-25, 2017)

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