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        This interview with Marcel Smets, the former Flemish Government Architect (2005-2010), elaborates on the recent turnabout of Belgium with regard to the attention for the public domain. Since the 1990s the growing self-confidence of Flanders has been paired with an emerging interest in the significance of architecture as a possible expression of the region’s unique culture. The publication of the Flanders Architecture Yearbook, the installation of the Flemish Government Architect and his team, and the establishment of the Flemish Architecture Institute all represent a recognition of the cultural and social relevance of contemporary architecture in Flanders. Smets reflects on the challenge he faced as Government Architect to turn the Flemish Government into an exemplary building commissioning entity, by taking policy preparation initiatives and fostering a broader architecture culture in Flanders.
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        Maaskant, M. (2010). Interview with Marcel Smets, Flemish Government Architect (2005-2010). Commissioning Architecture, OASE, (83), 99–103. Retrieved from https://oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/83/InterviewWithMarcelSmetsFlemishGovernmentArchitect2005-2010

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