David Peleman

Postdoctoral researcher

Faculty or Centre Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Department Department of Geography and Spatial Planning
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Campus Office MSH, E02 25-200
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David Peleman graduated at Ghent University in 2003 as an engineer-architect with a particular interest in theory and history of urbanism and urbanization. From 2005 until 2019 he worked as doctoral and post-doctoral assistant at Ghent University, where he was involved in various research projects at Labo S on the intersection between urbanization, architecture and landscape, on which he has published in OASE, A+, Journal of architecture, Landscape Research. In 2013 he obtained his doctoral degree at Ghent University with a thesis entitled Les Hommes de la Route. Engineering the Urban Society of the Modern Road in Belgium, 1889-1962, on the role of engineers as cultural actors in the process of urbanization. As postdoctoral researcher he lectured the course ‘Theory of Urban Design’ and his research 'The Laborious Landscape' dealt with the historical interaction between, industrialization, urbanization and labour in Belgium. Between 2016 and 2018 he was associate lecturer in urbanism at the Ecole d'Architecture, de la Ville et des Territoires de Marne-la-Vallée and member of the research laboratory OCS (Observatoire de la Condition Suburbaine). Since 2018 he is a member of the editorial board of OASE Journal for Architecture.

David Peleman joined the University of Luxembourg as Post-doctoral fellow. He is involved in the project for IBA Alzette-Belval where he co-develops a future transboundary IBA program for the Esch-Belval region (France/Luxembourg), focusing on the political topicality of affordable living. 

Research Interests

  • Urban history
  • Urban theory
  • Architecture
  • Urban planning

Last updated on: Friday, 09 July 2021

Work

  • 2014-2019, postdoctoral assistant at Ghent University, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning.
  • 2016-2018, guest-lecturer (maître-assistant associé) at the Ecole d’Architecture, de la Ville et des Territoires (EAV&T) in Marne-la-Vallée.
  • 2005-2013, doctoral assistant at Ghent University, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning.
  • 2004-2005, part-time practicing architect at Van Geystelen-Thys Architecten, Antwerp.
  • 2004-2005, part-time researcher at Labo S (research laboratory in architecture and urbanism) at Ghent University, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Teaching

  • Lecturer for the ‘Advanced Topic in Urbanism, Urban Design and Landscape’ for Master students at Ghent University (2018-2019)
  • Lecturer for the course ‘Histories of cities an urbanizations’ for Bachelor students at EAV&T Marne-la-Vallée (2016-2018)
  • Lecturer for the course ‘Representation of the territory’ for Master students at EAV&T Marne-la-Vallée (2016-2018)
  • Head of the ‘Atelier d’Analyse Urbaine’ (Travaux Dirigés) for Bachelor students at EAV&T Marne-la-Vallée (2016-2018)
  • Lecturer for the course ‘Theory of Urban Design’ for Master students at Ghent University (2014-2017)
  • Supervision of various Master theses in theory and history of architecture and urbanism at Ghent University in collaboration with prof. P. Uyttenhove, prof. M. Dehaene, prof. J. Lagae, prof. T. Vanmeirhaeghe (2005-2019)
  • Assistant in the design studios ‘Architectural Design I’ (Bachelor, 2005-2011),  ‘Urbanism and infrastructure’ (Master, 2005-2008), ‘Urban Design’ (Master, 2005-2006) at Ghent University.

Research

  • ‘The laborious landscape. A radical history on how to work with urbanization.’ (postdoctoral research, Ghent University, 2014-2019) The postdoctoral research explores the relationship between industrialization, urbanization and labour in Belgium from 1850 until today.
  • ‘Les Hommes de la Route. Engineering the urban society of the modern road in Belgium.’ (doctoral dissertation, Ghent University, 2013) The doctoral dissertation aimed to shed a new light on the project for the modernization of the Belgian roads that was realized between 1889 and 1962 in. The research framed and examined six topoi – the city, the landscape, the museum, the conference, the laboratory, the street – that facilitated this historical operation and contributed to the urbanization of the territory.

Recent Lectures

  • Peleman, D. ‘From Existenzminimum to humanistic radicalism: Beyond the chains of illusion of the post-industrial territory.’ Lecture at the 5ième Journée d’étude Bernardo Secchi, organized by the Fondation Braillard & EPFL, Lausanne, 24 September 2019.
  • Peleman, D. ‘The acts and actors of road engineering and urbanization in Belgium’. Lecture at the conference Past and future infrastructuring processes in Belgium organized by the research laboratory LoUIsE at ULB-La Cambre, Brussels, 23 May 2019.
  • Peleman, D. ‘The reproduction of La Belgique Industrielle. An imaginary tour through books, articles and drawings.’ Lecture at the conference Touring Belgium. A nation’s patrimony in print, organized by ETH Zürich and Gent University as part of the HERA project ‘Architecture, Print Culture and Uses of the Past in Modern Europe’ (PriARC), Ghent, 23 November 2018.
  • Peleman, D. ‘Après Charleroi, terre d’urbanisme: Comment bâtir la civilisation urbaine du temps libéré?’ Lecture at the 4ième Journée d’étude Bernardo Secchi, organized by the Fondation Braillard & EPFL, Lausanne, 25 September 2018. 
  • Peleman, D. ‘Urban renewal after labour? John Cockerill and the (post-)industrialization of Seraing (1817-2017).’ Lecture at the 14th International Conference on Urban History on ‘Urban renewal and resilience’, organized by Università Roma Tre & European Association for Urban History (EAUH), Rome, 29 August-1 September 2018.
  • Peleman, D. ‘Curating the library of the ampersand in Urbanism & Urbanization.’ Lecture at the 9th International PhD Seminar in Urbanism and Urbanization: On reproduction: Re-imagining the political ecology of urbanism at Ghent University, 9 February 2018.
  • Peleman, D. ‘Entre terrier et terroir: le territoire. Une perspective européenne.’ Lecture for the members of the Observatoire de la Condition Suburbaine (OCS) at the Ecole d’Architecture, de la Ville et des Territories in Marne-la-Vallée, 3 May 2017.
  • Peleman, D. ‘The city inside out. Industrialization and the urban treshold in Ghent (1850-1950).’ Lecture at the conference Boundaries and Jurisdictions: Defining the urban, University of London - Royal Holloway, 30-31 March 2017.



Last updated on: 06 May 2020

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2021

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See detailMarcel Smets. Fundamenten van het stadsontwerp
Peleman, David

in De Witte Raaf (2021), 35(210), 41

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See detailUps & Downs. Reception histories in architecture
Van Gerrewey, Christophe; Peleman, David; Agyin, Justin; Engels, Jantje

in OASE Journal for Architecture (2021), (108), 1-6

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2020

See detailHier is niet niets. Over leegte in de stad
Peleman, David

in Swinnen, Peter; Van Cauteren, Philippe (Eds.) Le Musée et son Double. 2020/2030 (2020)

See detailThere is not nothing here. On emptiness in the city
Peleman, David

in Van Cauteren, Philippe; Swinnen, Peter (Eds.) Le Musée et son Double 2020-2030 (2020)

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2019

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See detailLes Hommes de la Route in the Boudoir: The road conference as an urban microcosm (1910-38)
Peleman, David

in Dirscherl, Margit; Köhler, Astrid (Eds.) Urban Microcosms, 1789-1940 (2019)

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See detailAfter 'Charleroi, terre d'urbanisme': how to build the urban civilisation of liberated time?
Peleman, David

in Mantziaras, Panos; Viganò, Paola (Eds.) Racines Modernes de la Ville Contemporaine. Distances et formes de résilience (2019)

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See detailFragments of a changing natural history of urbanisation
Peleman, David; Notteboom, Bruno; Dehaene, Michiel

in OASE Journal for Architecture (2019), 104

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See detailSchools & Teachers. The Education of an Architect in Europe
Van Gerrewey, Christophe; Peleman, David; Decroos, Bart

in OASE Journal for Architecture (2019), (#102), 1-9

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2018

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See detailOn Reproduction. Re-imagining the political ecology of urbanism. Proceedings of the 9th International PhD Seminar in Urbanism and Urbanization
Dehaene, Michiel; Peleman, David

Book published by Ghent University - Department of Architecture and Urban Planning (2018)

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