The thesis reflects on the contemporary issues of the municipality of Ypres and attempts to deal with these in with an beneficial approach, not only for the city, but also for its inhabitants. Today, Ypres is perceived as one of the main examples of ‘re-construction’ destinations in Belgium. As the city is exemplary, the government has taken this as an opportunity to attract tourists. The thesis aims to point out the issue that Ypres faces in terms of this ‘war representation and brandification’ and to put emphasis on the ‘ghost client’ or local inhabitants by reflecting on the current needs in fabric that is already in ‘metamorphosis.’
Who influences you graphically?
I don’t have one person in particular in mind. The graphics I use, has been something that developed over the years while studying Architecture. But I always appreciated simple drawings that show the essence and hand drawings in particular. I often draw inspiration from my Persian/Iranian roots. Recently, I am also very interested in the work of Aldo Rossi and his sketches.
You explore the threshold between the digital and the analogue- what is your take on the potential offered by such a juxtaposition and play?
We live in a time where the digital part is being pushed forward, but the analogue displays a certain feel, mood that cannot be portrayed digitally. By mixing both elements, I try to show this mood, while at the same time benefitting from the tools that the digital has to offer. Both have their own potential and for me, finding the balance between the two is the main goal.
How important is the sketch as a tool for the architect?
Sketching is the start of everything. An architect is someone that thinks in a visual way and there is no better way to express your mind than sketching. It is fast and the easiest way to portray your vision to others.
Have you ever thought on animating these drawings?
Yes, that could be an option. When u draw something, in your own mind you see things moving and coming to life. The drawings are an extract of the animation that you have already imagined.
At a time where white has become standard as context – what is your take on it as framed content?
This has also to do with digitalization. In the past, architects used to make blue prints in which they used a white pencil to draw the content. While visiting some museums with old materials and plans/sections of buildings, I got the inspiration to go back and use white as the content material. The background is brown (recycled paper), a paper that I feel comfortable working with and also gives a warm feeling. Using white as content is sometimes quite handy as u can portray different times, concepts etc. at the same time, together with the black content.
The work was later displayed in an exhibitions- what is your opinion on exhibiting architecture? What dictated the way you choose to curate the drawings in the vitrine table?
Exhibiting your work is always some kind of reality check. You spend a lot of time on something and you would like to hear some critics on the matter or just display the work in order to share it with others. The way that the drawings were displayed has to do with contrasts. The drawings come more to life and get the attention they deserve when you display them in a nice environment or in my case, on a darker background in a vitrine table.