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Urban Meeting IABR - Atelier Brussels

May 19, 2016

On the 2nd of June the IABR-projectatelier Brussels: The Productive Metropolis presents the results of design research in the setting of the main exhibition of the IABR 2016 – The Next Economy.

The desired development models and spatial typologies for the productive city will be discussed by a panel of designers, researchers and policy makers on the basis of the insights that have been developed in recent months. Debate with among others the designers of the Atelier, Atelier Master Mark Brearley (CASS London), Kristiaan Borret (Master Architect Brussels) and Marco Broekman (IABR-Projectatelier Rotterdam).

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IABR 2016— Opening

April 23, 2016

During the weekend of 23 and 24 April 2016, the IABR will kick off its seventh edition: IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY. Architecture Workroom is member of the international Curator Team and will present in collaboration with Belgian and international architects the Atelier Brussels - The Productive Metropolis and Atelier Utrecht - The Healthy City. The opening weekend marks the beginning of an exhibition and a continuous program of activities in and around former warehouse Fenixloods II in the Rotterdam district of Katendrecht. 



Imagine Europe— Bozar

April 12, 2016

Brussels as the productive capital of Europe. AWB presents this vision for the future along with Bas Bogaerts and Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, among others, in the 'Imagine Europe. In search of New Narratives' group exhibition, in which artists, thinkers, students and architects in 12 labs turn to their artistic imagination to seek answers to the challenges facing Europe. On display until 29 May in Bozar. 


Urban Meeting Bozar— The Productive Metropolis

March 15, 2016

A good city combines housing and employment. However, this requires a spatial-economic approach that once again makes room for industry – manufacturing – in our cities. But, as designers and administrators, how can we actively create good-quality space for the future economy? Can architecture and urban planning contribute to a more sustainable, urban-rooted and socially-inclusive economy?

Jonathan Holslag (Professor of International Politics, VUB, and opinion maker), Maarten Hajer (Professor of Urban Futures, University of Utrecht and curator of IABR-2016) and Mark Brearley (CASS Cities, Metropolitan University, London) will each present their views on this issue. After a brief presentation, they will join in a debate.


The Next Economy— Belgium at The International Architecture Biennale 2016

February 26, 2016

Belgium, Flanders and Brussels and its designers are well represented at this year’s edition of the IABR. This years edition the curatorial team consisting among others of Joachim Declerck (Architecture Workroom Brussels) and Freek Persyn (51N4E) is headed by Maarten Hajer. The 2016 edition of this bi-annual event presents itself as a laboratory for the next economy. 


Urban Meeting— Atelier Brussels The Productive Metropolis

February 4, 2016

The next Urban Meeting marks the start of an intensive series of public events in the coming spring. Following the launch of the design research, the design challenges that are addressed in the Atelier Brussels will be confronted with the results of similar research in Rotterdam and Antwerp. Internationally active designers will debate about the importance of space for manufacturing in the city and sharpen the hypothesis of the atelier. With input from Djamel Klouche (l’AUC), Olv Klijn (FABRIC), Freek Persyn (51N4E) and others.


Call for design teams— Atelier Brussels The Productive Metropolis

January 12, 2016

As part of the IABR Atelier Brussels - The Productive Metropolis, a call is being put out in conjunction with the Brussels authorities for research by design into the desired building types for a high-quality interweaving of habitation and workplaces in the city. Two design teams will be appointed to explore and portray the challenges and the future of the productive districts on the basis of two test areas each.


Development strategy— Ostend Eastern Shore

January 11, 2016

Together with 51N4E (and support from Technum and Rebel), Architecture Workroom was engaged by means of the Open Call procedure (at the request of Ostend Town Council’s ‘Autonoom Gemeentebedrijf’ and ‘Directie Openbaar Domein’) to draw up and supervise a development strategy for the Eastern Shore area in Ostend. The competition task involved an examination of how the Lighthouse district, which has always been isolated from the rest of the town, and the Harbour district, which is in the midst of development, both of which are on the Eastern Shore, can be linked together better.


Review of spatial structure plan— Bruges City

January 11, 2016

Together with Maat Designers and Voorland, Architecture Workroom has been engaged by the City Council of Bruges for a review of the Municipal Spatial Structure Plan. Like other towns and cities in the region, the capital of West Flanders is faced with a considerably changed demographic and economic situation that is too much at odds with the existing instruments to be able to spatially develop the area. The request for a review of the Municipal Spatial Structure Plan provides the perfect opportunity to thoroughly rethink the structure plan as a document, as a policy instrument and as a process.


Atelier Master — Mark Brearley

December 22, 2015

Mark Brearley, professor at the CASS in London, has been appointed Atelier Master for the Atelier Brussels - The Productive Metropolis, which will examine the spatial strengths in relation to the economy (and its future development) in the Brussels metropolitan region and is part of IABR-2016 – THE NEXT ECONOMY. You can read more about Mark Brearley here.


Video — Opening 'The City as Factory'

December 17, 2015

Video reportage of the opening expo and debate 'The City as Factory'. With Buda Workroom, Architecture Workroom is highlighting a series of urban meetings that are taking place in the context of Atelier Productive Metropolis BXL for IABR 2016 with its theme of “The Next Economy”. Video

Colloquium — Architecture in Belgium and Turkey: Changing practices

November 24, 2015

Our urban societies are rapidly changing. Population growth, changing economies, ecological threats, or increasing inequality and diversity, lead to new questions for regions, cities and neighborhoods in both Turkey and Belgium. The seminar explores how architects and urban designers build new visions and innovate their practice by inventing new design tools, methodologies and processes to help communities to respond to these contemporary challenges. More

Mini-expo — The City as Factory

November 19, 2015

The mini-expo 'The City as Factory' with an installation by Richard Venlet and the presentation of the pictures of Bas Bogaerts is open to the public every Sunday from 3pm to 7pm and every Thursday from 3pm to 9pm at Firma, Schaarbeeklei 636 in Vilvoorde (Buda). More 

Video — Kickoff study Muide-Meulestede

October 20, 2015

On Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 the kickoff of Muide-Meulestede Morgen took place. It sets the starting signal for the series of workshops that ndvr and Architecture Workroom organize this autumn, with the aim to work together with residents, business owners, developers, community organizations, government departments and experts to come to a shared vision for the district. Video 

Expo & tour — Atelier Productive City

October 11, 2015

Where do the spatial and economic challenges facing the Brussels metropole come together? Join us during the 'Architecture Day' at the expo at Firma or the city tour through the Northern part of Brussels, Sunday 11th October.


Avond van de Architectuur, Saturday 10th October, 8pm, deSingel

October 10, 2015

On this ‘Evening of Architecture’, we shall be taking a close look at architectural culture in three discussions, each on a different topic. What are the aims? What are the challenges? With, amongst others, Els Vervloesem (Architecture Workroom Brussels), Dag Boutsen (KUL) and Filip Dujardin (architectural photographer and artist), who will  talk about ‘Culture as a driving force for innovation’.

As the highlight of the evening, Sven Gatz, the Minister of Culture, will announce the winner of the prestigious Flemish Culture Prize for Architecture. 


Study — Ghent Muide-Meulestede

September 17, 2015

Muide-Meulestede is a residential district on a peninsula to the north of the city of Ghent that is surrounded by docks and harbour industries. It is currently in the midst of transition. The activities of the harbour have largely moved northwards, and the harbour frontage and former industrial sites are gradually being redeveloped. The social make-up of the district has also changed considerably in recent decades. What was traditionally a working-class area has developed into a mixed neighbourhood where Turkish, Eastern European and young middle-class families live side-by-side. Architecture Workroom and Ndvr are currently carrying out a concept study of this district. It is part of Flemish cities policy, whose aim is to stimulate high-quality innovative urban development projects by means of annual grants.


Publication — Reweaving the Urban Carpet

June 1, 2015

The IABR 2014 BrabantStad Project Atelier was accompanied by the publication of Reweaving the Urban Carpet, a description of the process and the results of the search for new models of spatial development for North Brabant. 


Statement of Ambitions

May 20, 2015

Architecture Workroom Brussels is part of a network of cultural organizations active in Flanders and Brussels. This network has compiled a statement of ambitions, questioning relevant urban issues and putting forward a collective message. It is a plea for the strengthening of the current positive momentum in the sector, making full use of the acquired expertise and further developing the innovative power of cultural organizations in the field of architecture.

Read more here.

Unfortunately, this statement of ambitions is only available in Dutch.

Atelier de Stad — talkshow & documentary

November 7, 2014

As a cultural think-and-do-tank, Architecture Workroom participates actively in the crossmedial project Atelier de Stad (Atelier The City / For this initiative, the public television channel Canvas launched a broad cooperation with several cultural and urban organisations. On October 29th, Joachim Declerck participated in the talkshow 'Studio de Stad' on the future of housing development in Flanders. On Sunday 9 November, the documentary ‘Atelier de Stad: Brussel’ is broadcasted on Canvas. More

Atelier Productive BXL

September 23, 2014

Atelier Productive BXL is a joint project by the Brussels Council for the Environment (BRAL), the Association for a Better Environment (BBL) and Architecture Workroom Brussels and it focuses on the economic and planning reality of the metropolitan region. more

Festival Kanal Play Ground

September 1, 2014

How do we create space for the young city? Brussels’ Canal Zone is one of the most densely built-up urban areas in Western Europe. It includes the neighbourhoods where many newcomers to the city first live. It is a place where population growth goes hand in hand with high levels of youth poverty and unemployment. It is precisely in this area that living conditions are distressingly poor, and there is a desperate shortage of collective space such as parks or squares, and open or covered spaces in which to play, relax and meet up with other people. Spaces that allow the city to breathe, but also spaces for skill development, community building and enterprise. More

Metropolitan Coast Landscape 2100

August 31, 2014

Architecture Workroom is taking part in the research by design that is being carried out for the ‘Metropolitan Coast Landscape 2100’ project. Together with Xaveer De Geyter Architects, Maat designers and H+N+S Landscape Architects, under the label ‘Visionary Coast Studio’ it will in the third stage build on the analysis of the coastal system (stage 1) and on the design tasks and possible directions for development (stage 2). More

IABR 2014 - Urban by Nature - Atelier Brabantstad

May 30, 2014

As part of the IABR2014 ‘Urban-by-Nature’ project, Architecture Workroom Brussels, together with Floris Alkemade and LOLA landscape architects, studied how the specific qualities and challenges of the BrabantStad patchwork metropolis can be used for development and action. more

Atelier In Between

April 25, 2014

Atelier In Between is a policy-preparing project that establishes a dialogue between the various actors that have an impact on open spaces in the metropolitan area in and around the Brussels Capital Region. more

Exploration of the future of Flemish Land Company (VLM)

December 30, 2013

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Vlaamse Landmaatschappij (VLM) (Flemish Land Company), Architecture Workroom is cooperating with Bovenbouw Architectuur on a prospective study on ways the role and position of the VLM may evolve with regard to future challenges to open space in Flanders. more

Exhibition—Unie Modell—Atelier à Habiter in Z33 Hasselt

December 17, 2013

Within the context of the theme exhibition Atelier à Habiter,Architecture Workroom introduces an installation that imagines future dwelling in the region Hasselt-Genk. more

Atelier De Stad Brussels - Kanal Play Ground

November 20, 2013

Kanal Play Ground is a call for projects in search of visions to create public space where it is scarce. Urban spaces for play, sport and socializing that are suited to the children, young people and families in these central districts. For temporary transformations during summer 2014. more

Symposium—Een gedeelde ontwerpagenda voor Vlaanderen

January 4, 2013

Tuesday the 8th of January 2013 the insights of the atelier "Vlaanderen als Ontwerp" will become public and will be subject of a symposium in deSingel in Antwerp. more

Vlaanderen als Ontwerp - Atelier

November 5, 2012

The exhibition project The Ambition of the Territory, conceived for the Belgian Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Biennial in Venice, has taken the form of a workshop in deSingel. more

The Ambition of the Territory at deSingel International Arts Campus

October 4, 2012

The research and exhibition project which was developed for the Belgian Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice is presented in the deSingel exhibition programme in Antwerp. more

Changing Cultures of Planning - Rotterdam, Zürich, Nantes, Randstad, Bordeaux

September 13, 2012

Changing Cultures of Planning intends to collect and exchange knowledge about recent innovative large-scale urban transformation processes in Europe, by investigating five urban developments. more

The Ambition of the Territory - Belgian Pavilion Venice 2012

August 23, 2012

During the 13th International Architecture Biennale Venice, the Belgian pavilion presents Flanders as a laboratory for the transition towards a metropolitan Europe. more

Parckdesign 2012—GARDEN

May 30, 2012

Parckdesign is an event exploring the role of public space and green space in Brussels Capital Region. more

Making City - Exhibition

April 18, 2012

The 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam assembled thirty-three projects from all over the world. These model projects show how new forms of collaboration are being used to address the urgent challenges faced by urban society. more

Building for Brussels—Architecture and Urban Transformations in Europe

March 22, 2012

How to make good use of architecture and urban planning in order to deal with the social challenges Brussels is faced with? more

Guide Plan Brussels Canal Zone

January 1, 2012

Architecture Workroom is guiding the Brussels-Capital Region in developing the 'Canal Master Plan': an overarching vision for the zone intended to direct the present developments in the Canal Zone. more


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June 20, 2013

Report Symposium 'Een gedeelde ontwerpagenda voor Vlaanderen' online - only in Dutch - more

February 15, 2013

Changing Cultures of Planning awarded bronze medal for the price Best book design from all over the world

January 24, 2013

Changing Culture of Planning awarded by the prix Fernand Baudin!


Building the Future of Health: IABR Project Atelier Healthy Cities with Joachim Declerck, Paul Vermeulen and Wouter Veldhuis - 03/06/16 at 03:30 pm More

Atelier Brussels Productive Metropolis - Urban meeting IABR - 02/06/16 at 9:30 am More

Archipel Lecture Pilot Projects Living with Joachim Declerck & Office Trans & Lawyer Wim Rasschaert - 19/05/16 at 8:00 pm More

Utrecht: Transitions in the healthy city, IABR-Atelier Utrecht, led by Atelier Master Joachim Declerck - 18/05/16 at 10:00 am More

Urban Transformation Conference 2016: The Healthy City, from cure to care with Joachim Declerck & Hetty Linden - 17/05/16 at 11:15 am More

Next steps #2: The city as workshop from IABR + Ruimtevolk with Joachim Declerck, Joris Tiebout and others - 10/05/16 at 7:30 pm More

WinVorm lecture "Stad en open ruimte: spanning of synergie?" with Joachim Declerck - 10/05/16 at 9:00 am More

Sustainable Urban Deltas Conference - 09/05/16 at 9:00 am More

Opening IABR 2016 - 23/04/2016 More

Imagine Europe Opening: debat in BOZAR with Rem Koolhaas, Ivana Abramovic and Ingo Niermann - 12/04/16 at 8:00 pm More

Urban meeting "Building on design power" Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam - 24/03/16 at 3:00 pm More

Urban Movies #15: Our City, a portrait of Brussels - Pakhuis De Zwijger, Amsterdam - 22/03/16 at 7:30 pm More

Atelier BXL Productive Metropolis - Urban meeting Bozar - 15/03/16 at 8:00 pm More

Atelier BXL Productive Metropolis - The Battle of the Productive Studios - 18/02/16 at 7:30 pm More

Presentation concept study Muide Meulestede Morgen - 06/02/16 at 10:00 am More

Colloquium Metropolitan Landscapes - 28/01/16 at 1:30 pm More

Urban meeting Utrecht #4 - 25/01/16 at 7:30 pm More

Open ruimte is onmisbaar voor verstedelijkt Vlaanderen! Kom op 01/12 naar VVSG open ruimte in Deinze, met oa. Joachim Declerck Meer

Urban meeting Utrecht #3, 30/11/15 More

Colloquium Architecture in Belgium and Turkey: Changing practices - 24/11/15 at 10 am More

The City as Factory - mini-expo every Sunday from 3pm to 7pm and every Thursday from 3pm to 9pm at FIRMA More

International PhD Seminar 'Urbanism & Urbanisation' in Lausanne, 12-14 October More

Exposition Atelier Productive City during the Dag van de Architectuur, Sunday 11/10/15

City walk Atelier Productive City during the Dag van de Architectuur, Sunday 11/10/15 More

Avond van de Architectuur, Saturday 10/10/15, 20h, deSingel More

De gedroomde stad | De openbare ruimte: te geef of te neem? Discussie met Joachim Declerck, Brussels bouwmeester Kristiaan Borret, Sjor.. deBuren

Lecture: 'MozaiekBrabant in Tilburgs perspectief' CAST

Lecture on the study 'Naar een visionaire Woningbouw' by POSAD and AWB at the 'Atelier Bouwmeester' of the Flemish Government Architect in Brussels on Wednesday the 2th of May. more

With structural support from the Flemish government and regular support from the Brussels capital region and other regional and local governments.