DEBATES (PUBLIC SESSIONS)DESIGNING THE FUTURE
Ambitious Open Spaces
23.02.2017 at 19:00
Open space and urbanization are often seen as two opposing forces. But in a region where city and landscape are so closely intertwined with each other, the mutual exchange between open space and urban areas presents us with many opportunities. Partly thanks to the efforts of design research, this understanding has grown significantly in recent years. Several initiatives have also been undertaken to bring together various parties who are concerned with open space: heads of governments, policy makers, civil society, stakeholders, researchers and new actors. Meanwhile, it is a shared ambition to use open space as a crucial building block and leverage for the future urbanization of our region. How can the open space be dealt with in a more ambitious way? What conditions can be created to make room for productive landscapes. How can the open space be a place for food production, energy production, recreation and nature? How can the open space best contribute to, or even guide urban development? These questions, their answers and initial experiences in the field, form the basis for collective reflection and knowledge. The goal is to achieve a competitive agenda to work together on more ambitious open spaces in the future.
Lecture by Henk Ovink (Watergezant Nederland, Curator 5th IABR: Making City).Debate with Sylvie Van Damme (Hogeschool Gent) and Bas Smets (Bureau Bas Smets).Public debate moderated by AWB.
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