L’Equerre, a Liège modern architecture review
The review L’Equerre has stamped its mark on the architecture and town and regional planning of the Liège area. Standing up for modern ideas, a long way distant from those in force in its era, it is acknowledged as one of the principal reviews of architecture and town planning in the period between the two World Wars, as much on an international as on a regional and national level. Sébastien Charlier, a doctoral student at the University of Liège’s Department of the History of Art and Architecture of the Contemporary Era, has overseen the academic advisory work for the republication of the periodical’s issues in a single volume.
From subversion to institutionalisation
On its creation named ‘Review of the Liège Academy of Fine Arts students’, L’Equerre was launched in 1928 by five students at the Liège Academy of Fine Arts. The group was made up of the architects Emile Parent, Albert Tibaux, Edgard Klutz, Victor Rogister and Yvon Falise. They were joined later by Jean Moutschen and Paul Fitschy. ‘In its early days the review was essentially made up of critiques of the Liège Academy of Fine Arts de Liège. A good many of the texts were jokes and gibes at the expense of the Professors. The review was also made up of humorous pages in which the authors made fun of their contingent. But the most interesting aspect was the publication of seminal texts of the modern movement, texts by Berlage, Van de Velde, and Le Corbusier. Whilst the Academy was teaching the students the historical models and asking them to create extremely decorative opera houses, court houses or museum , these students were offering an alternative teaching: the foundational models and texts of the modern movement.’
(1) Sébastien Charlier (edited.), L’Equerre Réédition intégrale – The Complete Edition 1928 – 1939, Liège, Editions Fourre-Tout, 2012. With articles by Jean-Louis Cohen, Sébastien Charlier, Geoffrey Grulois, Hélène Jannière and Sébastien Martinez Barat, Pierre Geurts and Pierre Hebbelinck.