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        Abstract
        Is it possible to fall in love with a building? Christophe Van Gerrewey asks this in his contribution regarding the Stadshal in Ghent, a recent design by Robbrecht Daem Architecten in collaboration with Marie-José van Hee. A dwelling can rouse such feelings, since it’s your home, you inhabit its space. But what about public space? The Stadshal is exceptional: it has no history and no programme, and doesn’t refer to any type. And although the expectation is that it will create room and possibilities, according to Van Gerrewey it doesn’t. It’s actually in the way. It has an atmosphere that is not cosy at all. Nevertheless, he concludes that it is the only place in the city that is accessible to all, and where no one feels out of place. That is the capacity of this ‘useless’ architecture – the very reason to nonetheless love this building. 
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        Citation
        van Gerrewey, C. (2013). A Human Relationship with Stone and Mortar. Building atmosphere, OASE, (91), 118–123. Retrieved from https://www.oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/91/AHumaRelationshipWithStoneAndMortar

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