Frame Publishers
Built Unbuilt



The portfolio of Julien De Smedt Architects forms the basis of an inspiring investigation into urbanity matters. This book will be available to pre-order in July.

In this book, Julien De Smedt investigates the realms of architecture and its future possibilities. Built Unbuilt is to be read from a professional perspective, as an exploration of innovation and new forms of design urbanity. It is a didactic yet personal approach to urbanity matters. Projects realised by Julien De Smedt Architects form the basis of the featured content, covering all aspects in the making of architecture, with all financial implications, etc. of operating in the real world accounted for. The book is curated by Julien De Smedt and divided into two parts: ‘Built’ has essays contributed by Karsten Ifversen, Michael Speaks and Karen Wong visually illustrated by the outstanding architectural photography of Julien Lanoo; and ‘Unbuilt’ outlines the more conceptual projects as described by Julien De Smedt himself.

Even if some of the investigations seem out of scale or even utopian, they all stem from actual commissions and share a genuine desire to address individual needs and topics, such as how to create more basic, low tech urban living qualities and activate spaces giving them more air, making them greener and providing more light and views. The selected projects aim at enhancing the diverse aspects of the programme so that the resulting buildings each become more than a single entity driven by a single purpose.

About the Author

Julien De Smedt is an architect and engineer who began his career by working  at Rem Koolhaas Architectural Bureau. Later he co-founded PLOT in 2001, before going on to found his own architecture firm in 2006. Julien De Smedt Architects is a multidisciplinary firm with offices in Brussels, Copenhagen and Shanghai. The team works on everything from large-scale planning to furniture following processes that involve intense research and analysis of practical and theoretical matters into the driving forces  of design.


  • Readers gain insight directly from Julien De Smedt as he undertakes an inspiring investigation into urbanity matters.
  • The author is an expert in the field, as both an architect and an engineer he is engaged in the social and environmental challenges of our times.
  • In-depth features, across fifteen chapters, cover realised architecture projects from Julien De Smedt Architects.
  • Human needs in regards to urbanity are highlighted: creating more basic, low-tech urban living, with qualities such as more green space/light/active environments.
  • Social issues are at the forefront of the authors’ concerns, with projects grouped together in relevant chapters and topics in order to successfully design the city of tomorrow.
  • Contributing essays of experts in the fields of architecture, design and social matters.
  • Built projects from across the globe include inspiring residential complexes encompassing suburban gardens atop high-rises to resorts and marinas, with a highly-environmental programmatic infrastructure.
  • Illustrated with a large selection of beautiful project photography, as well as illustrative concept visuals and plans.

Publication Details

  • Release: September 2017
  • Frame Publishers
  • English
  • Written and curated by Julien De Smedt
  • Photography by Julien Lanoo
  • Contributors Karsten Ifversen, Michael Speaks and Karen Wong
  • Edited by Shumi Bose and Mark Isitt
  • Graphic design by Mathias Clottu
  • 230 x 300 mm
  • 344 pages / full colour / soft cover
  • ISBN 978-94-92311-13-9

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