Exhibition: What have we learned?

Rethinking education in disrupted times

01 September 2021 17:30 till 28 September 2021 17:00 - Location: Oostserre - By: Communication BK

As part of the development of the Faculty’s Public Programs, a new exhibition space has been installed in the Oostserre of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. The space will allow for the display of temporary exhibitions organised by the Faculty’s Exhibition Committee. On 1 September (17:30), the first exhibition of the series, - ‘What have we learned?’- Rethinking education in disrupted times, will open. Organised by Dick Van Gameren, Faculty Dean, and Javier Arpa Fernández, Curator of Public Programs.

The global health pandemic has shined a harsh light on the challenges that humanity faces, and forced -amongst many other major changes in our daily lives- an abrupt shift to online education during more than three semesters. For over one and a half years, we all have moved to remote modes of living; we have missed all sorts of sensory experiences and we have missed physically sharing our work and ideas with others. The whole academic community and the Faculty’s staff had to use new methods of teaching, researching, studying, working and communicating, but we have shown the most resilience and adapted to the new situation very quickly.

It will be some time before we know the full impact of the COVID-19-induced shift to remote learning -how it altered the arc of students' academic careers, for example, or affected the extent and nature of learning. We had no choice but to be more flexible than probably ever before; we have also learned that some extra tech can be useful in the future, that our audiences may be broader, that we do not have to be in the room where things happen to be in the room where it happens; collaboration between different institutions or remotely located collaborators has soared, and even some have enjoyed better climates when working from their home countries…

The exhibition What have we learned? would like to shine a positive light on the -hopefully past- work-from-home period. What have we learned? aims at sharing faculty’s, students’ and staff’s experiences, and wonders what is worth keeping from over a year at home behind our computers.

What have we learned? aims at reminding us all that the social spaces provided by educational facilities need to be protected. The Faculty as physical space is essential: what innovations are thus worth strengthening and developing in parallel to traditional classroom organization? What have we learned? aims at providing a physical space where we can make up for the lost time that the pandemic forced us to spend apart.


Dick Van Gameren, Javier Arpa Fernández, Lex te Loo, Robin Weishaupt, Linda van Keeken

BK-Expo Committee: Marcel Bilow, Inge Bobbink, Paul Chan, Darinka Czischke, Peter Koorstra, Víctor Muñoz Sanz, Hendrik Ploeger, Emma Tulp