The CIVA Foundation - the International Centre for Urbanism, Architecture and Landscape - Brussels

The CIVA Foundation contributes to the development of an architectural, landscape and urban culture that engages with contemporary challenges, with a specific emphasis on Brussels.

In pursuit of its goals, the CIVA Foundation undertakes a large number of activities and services, both on its own premises and elsewhere, including temporary and permanent exhibitions, lectures and debates, educational activities, publications, contests and awards. It also makes an exceptional collection of archives, libraries and documentation centres available to the public, with nearly 40,000 books and journals dedicated to architecture, urban planning, urban history, landscape, gardens and urban ecology.

  • The Educational Activities Department raises the awareness of young audiences about architecture, the historical heritage, the city and the different branches of the arts that affect the built environment. It offers numerous activities, including interactive and guided visits and didactic tools (activity booklets, educational packs, etc.) to children, individually or in groups, schools, youth associations and families.
  • The Modern Architecture Department brings together the collections of the Archives of Modern Architecture and the Sint-lukasarchief; a documentation centre (containing biographies, magazine and newspaper articles and other items), which makes available, lends and incorporates into exhibitions the resources of a photographic library and scans of the main documents; a library containing some 30,000 works; collections of rare Belgian and foreign plates; and an exceptional collection of architectural, urban planning and applied arts journals from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
  • The Garden, Landscape and Urban Ecosystem Department includes the collections of the René Pechère Library and the Paul Duvigneaud Centre. It offers a unique set of nearly 15,000 items in many languages, covering more than four centuries of work (a digital catalogue has been online since 1996). It is distinguished by the variety of materials for researchers, including documentary archives, original plans, photographs, models and audiovisual documents. It also organises exhibitions, garden visits, literary prizes, activities and lectures.
  • A new department, the Contemporary Urban Issues Department, refocuses attention on urban issues relating to city planning and architecture, via conferences, meetings, debates, exhibitions, installations, city tours and so on.

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