MDMA l A Performative Architecture – Pre-Forms. In 2013 Martine De Maeseneer Architects exists 25 years. Their (first) public building of a certain scale, the Bronks Youth Theatre in the center of Brussels, was honored in 2011 as the first ever Belgian finalist in the European Mies van der Rohe Award for Contemporary Architecture. So far their journey followed a limited edition of realizations of private houses, office buildings and housing schemes, all of them extensively published.
MDMA is not a compulsive replica watchebuilder. The practice mediates between ‘theorisation’ and ‘realisation’. How can we build in ‘differance’ (with an ‘a’) in our practice as a selfregulating machine ? It is a question about quantity (also), but then of a different order.
In order to reach this, we started looking for a medium that isn’t preoccupied with form, image and Gestalt.
As our motto we state that ‘context’ alone is not enough, that projects should at the least look conceptual, that they should be imbedded in text.
What manifested itself in the beginning as very spontaneous side remarks/doodles, we gradually deepened and extended toward an autonomous operating language. Within our practice we continuously search for a broader field of ‘patterns’, ‘motives’, ‘logos’, ‘plots’ and ‘timbres’. — Words with an architectural resonance – which are an expression of a social, cultural an political involvement and expertise at large. This kind of (in)directness works.
Since 2000 MDMA participated in several architectural competitions launched in Belgium and abroad, and has been working inbetween on an architectural theory. MDMA is the author of two small books – The In-di-visible Space (Antwerp 1993) and Ideality-3-Lost (Brussels 1997) and has published about 10 essays in an international forum of books and magazines.
MDMA has lectured widely across the world, counting in cities as Kyoto, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Syracuse, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaïde, Shanghai, Haifa, Volos, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Breda, Arnhem, Maastricht, Tilburg, London, Berlin, Dessau, Dublin, Oslo, Antwerp, Hasselt, Leuven, Ghent and Brussels.
De Maeseneer has been teaching at the fake watches Architectural Association in London, the KUL Leuven and the Academy of Building Art Tilburg – and is teaching since 1990 at W&K Sint Lucas Ghent/Brussels.
She received a Master of Science in Architecture from the Bartlett, University College London, and received her diploma as an architect from W&K Sint-Lucas Ghent.