Laurent Ney — Shaping Forces

book, 192 pp., 23 x 32 cm

Brussels: BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts / A+ Editions

ISBN: 9789490814007

This first comprehensive overview of the work of engineer Laurent Ney is published on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Laurent Ney. Shaping Forces’, at the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, April 22nd – June 20th, 2010. Designed with the assistence of Ward Heirwegh.

This monograph examines more than 25 projects the engineer Laurent Ney has designed over the last twelve years: a footbridge in Knokke-Heist, a roof over the courtyard of the Dutch Maritime Museum in Amsterdam, the Oosterweel link in Antwerp, a roof for Rogier Square in Brussels, a canopy at Kiel in Antwerp, a 1200-metre-long ‘city’ bridge in Nijmegen and a new stadium for the RSC Anderlecht football club. This includes Ney’s own infrastructure projects and also his notable joint ventures with architects. The projects give an impression of his highly individual approach, which involves constant research into structure and form. Context, geometry, connections and materials are combined in a design vision that questions familiar typologies and gives coherent form to the forces within each structure.