Ludo Groen is a doctoral candidate in the history and theory of architecture (gta) at ETH Zürich, while practicing architecture from his eponymous studio. His built work includes multiple houses, interiors, and exhibitions. In 2021, he started his doctoral research into the architecture of banking in Switzerland between 1944 and 1980. Between 2018 and 2021, Ludo has been a researcher at The Berlage at Delft University of Technology and Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Dutch institute for architecture, design, and digital culture. At The Berlage he was involved in the organisation of lectures, master classes, teaching, and various book projects. At Het Nieuwe Instituut, he contributed to the research projects Automated Landscapes and Financial Architectures, and worked on various exhibitions including co-curating MVRDVHNI: The Living Archive of a Studio. Ludo holds a master degree in architecture from Delft University of Technology and a post-master degree from The Berlage.


Haussmann and the House of Fashion
OASE Journal 
October, 2019

From the House of Worth to the Houses of Dior and Chanel, the notion of the ‘house’ in fashion—both physically and symbolically—can be described as a metabolic system that builds upon Haussmann’s plan for Paris to transcend the unit of the house into a constituent of an extensive urban, social and economic fabric. This contribution to OASE #104 explores the early twentieth-century Parisian domestic-cum-fashion house, a type that has disintegrated today with the decentralisation of the fashion industry supply chain.

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