Illustration in the style of Luc Schuiten
Luc Schuiten is a Belgian architect born in Brussels in 1944. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels in 1967, where he studied architecture. Schuiten is also a comic book writer, often collaborating with his brother, François Schuiten. His father, Robert Schuiten, was also an architect in the 1950s and 1960s. Schuiten's work focuses on integrating urbanism, ecology, science, and science fiction. He is the founder of the architectural firm Schuiten sprl and president of the association Vegetal City, a member of Biomimicry Europa, and a founding member of Archi Human.
He has built various projects to house the homeless in Brussels. Schuiten's architectural philosophy is centered around the concept of archiborescence, an architecture that uses living organisms or organisms inspired by the living as the primary materials for construction. He is also a proponent of biomimicry, a concept that takes inspiration from the strategies developed by certain organisms to adapt to specific environmental conditions while maintaining their integrity. In Schuiten's imaginary cities, all spaces have been optimized to meet the needs of residents and create new urban uses, such as the development of communal chicken coops, gardens, orchards, greenhouses, and pigeon houses.