Michal Dlugajczyk and Mahaut Dael of md-2 architects graduated from the Rotterdamse Academie van Bouwkunst Academy of Architecture
and work in Rotterdam on small-scale and medium-sized renovation projects. md-2 architects delve into the stories, history, significance and identity of a place, with them seeing themselves as defenders of the existing context. They protest against the continuous demolition and the brushing aside of the valuable and complex city. Using surrealism as a methodology, Description by Design, they want to create new realities based on enriching, supplementing and revealing what already exists. Returning themes are identity, sustainability and flexibility. Using the Talent Development grant, md-2 architects want to combine research, practice and exhibitions. They will go on a study trip to Prague, visit construction material factories in the Rotterdam region and analyze the current waste flows of demolition materials. They will also take courses on project management and curation. md-2 architects will work with ENCI, Jan Skrivanek, Heidelberg Materials and the Rotterdamse Academie voor Bouwkunst. Presentations will be given shape in Diffuse Architecture Gallery (d.a.g.), a series of public events in empty spaces, with interactive sessions being organized in the Nieuwe Instituut and/or The Independent School for the City. An exhibition will take place at OMI or Gallery 3 By You.