In the fall of 1980 Antwerp-based architect Luc Deleu started an extenstive body of sculptural installations with ready-made objects and fully-fledged architectural projects that he has consistently labeled as ‘lessons in scale and perspective’. In an interview in 1987, Deleu stated that this decision was fuelled by his desire to work with ‘two typical (…) and rather formal notions in architecture’. This turn to formalism was made consciously, he argued, since his work prior to 1980 was always termed ‘political.’
In his early career the architect Deleu gained the fame as the enfant terrible, the mandatory paper architect of the Belgian architectural community, as he took up position against the self-indulgent and hypocritical nature of the disciplines of architecture and urban planning in general, and against the institutionalization and bureaucratic nature of the architectural profession in particular.
In this lecture Davidts will argue that the lessons in scale and perspective can be put on a direct par with the ‘pamphletary’ works of the previous decade as they shift the overt dissidence of the architect’s activist work towards a critical revision of the scope and modes of address of architectural design.