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Summer internships at AW

June 26, 2020

AW is looking for several enthusiastic interns this summer to assist in various projects, including the De Grote Verbouwing research and culture program and its online exhibition, but also a research project on how to make room for the productive landscape, for new mobility systems, for circular economy and residential work areas.

You will be reimbursed with a volunteer allowance.

1. Design profile: Your task will consist of outlining spatial strategies into a landscape of future places. Candidates have graphic and design capabilities and are familiar with
Illustrator. Knowledge of GIS is an extra plus.

2. Investigative journalism
profile: Your task will consist of identifying initiatives, projects and
practices, conducting short interviews and editing them. Candidates have
journalistic qualities and can formulate sharp questions, write out the final
interview, and potentially even edit the video recording into short videos for
social media.

From mid-August to mid-September.

Send a short resume of relevent experience and motivation to before August 10th.

Publication— Architectuurcultuur in Vlaanderen (only in NL)

September 23, 2019

Interview with Els Vervloesem and Heleen Verheyden about the changing design practice (only in Dutch).


Workshop II— Delta Atelier Urban Management

September 17, 2019

We can and must link major objectives to everyday maintenance and the transformation of our districts through improved cooperation between urban development, urban management and social development. Management practice possesses the quantitative capacity (estimated at 15 billion euro annually in the Netherlands as a whole) and the strategic implementing position to close district-scale flows and achieve a number of major objectives - on which many agreements have already been concluded in abstraction - in our everyday living environment. Instead of investing in maintaining the past, we can systematically develop the desired circular living environment.


Air For Schools workshop— Keizer Karellaan and Leopold II-tunnel

September 9, 2019

3rd Air For Schools workshop in association with Filter Café Filtré Atelier – Keizer Karellaan and Leopold II tunnel.


Transition— Learning, living, working in 2050

September 1, 2019

The world is changing at a rapid pace. Jobs will disappear and new ones will be created as a result of technological developments. The jobs that remain will be unrecognisable and the skills needed to perform them will change dramatically. Technological evolutions also have an impact on the way in which we care for each other or work for society. Other trends, such as the ageing population and the gig economy force us to view living, learning and working from a different perspective. Patching up or renovating the structures of education or the labour market will not suffice. We will have to rethink the way we learn and work.


Bap! Biennale of architecture and landscape of Île-de-France— 1st edition

May 4, 2019

Following a call for projects, Architecture Workroom Brussels was selected among 23 international practices to present its project World Transformation Center in the exhibition Augures commissioned by the urbanist and architect Djamel Klouche in the framework of the 1stedition of the Biennale of architecture and landscape of Île-de-France, which is held in Versailles from May 4 to July 13, 2019.


Socio-spatial study— Baudelo Building Ghent

April 22, 2019

Architecture Workroom Brussels, in association with Ghent University (Prof. Griet Roets, Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy), has been selected to conduct a socio-spatial study for the Baudelo site in Ghent. The results of the study will jointly serve as input for the project definition of the design competition that will soon be launched for the new Baudelo Building.


Water+Land+Scape approved

April 10, 2019

Flemish Minister for the Environment, Nature and Agriculture, Koen Van den Heuvel, is allocating €5,750,000 to the Water+Land+Scape land development project. The land development subsidy is a budget for jumpstarting 10 million euro worth of climate adaptation measures in the 14 selected sub-projects, in co-creation with farmers and landowners. The objective of the land development project is to resolve water-related issues in rural areas by means of an integrated approach, in close cooperation with the area's users, such as farmers and businesses, villagers and water and landscape managers.


Urbanising in Place— Rosario Workshop

March 10, 2019

From the 6th to the 9th of March, two of our team members, Bram and Chiara, were in Rosario, Argentina for the second international workshop of the Urbanising in Place project. They were joined by our local partner Catherine Fierens from BoerenBruxselPaysans. The workshop concentrated on cross-case and cross-research exchange of experiences to enable a more radical form of sustainable agriculture in the peri-urban fringe and to work towards an ‘agroecological urbanism’. For a more detailed report, we gladly refer to the Twitter threads our colleague Mark Walton from Shared Assets made for day 1234 and 5.


Social-spatial research— Ghent Sint-Pieters

October 12, 2018

As part of the redevelopment of the area around Ghent Sint-Pieters station, the City of Ghent is launching a socio-spatial study. The objective is to gain more of an insight into the way in which the spatial transformation of the station area could represent added value, for both new and existing residents and users of the surrounding districts.


Brussels Urban Landscape Biennial Edition 2018— Rising Waters

September 21, 2018

The second edition of the Brussels Urban Landscape Biennial (BULB) aims to sensitize the broad public to the importance of water and its related cycles in the urban landscape through workshops. During the past few months, Atelier BULB, led by Architecture Workroom Brussels, invited four renowned Brussels landscape design offices to explore which new urban water projects are necessary and possible. Their vision and proposals to prepare the Brussels valleys, neighbourhoods and streets for the changing climate, form the core of the exhibition Rising Waters – Shaping Our Gardens, Street And Urban Valleys. Along with international reference projects, works of art, graphic material, and documentation of current policies and projects, they create a narrative and agenda for the future. More than just a retrospect, Rising Waters offers a preview and a call to action.


Opening— You Are Here part 2

September 14, 2018

Join us for the opening of @You Are Here - Brussels part 2, Friday 14/09 at 17h!

Preview of the extended expo, screening of documentary Manhattan, Brussels and talk with Kwinten Gernay.

Plus drinks & dj's on the WTC rooftop terrace (which is mesmerizing during the sunset). 

All info concerning the opening here.

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Vacancy— Hosts You Are Here (M/F)

August 17, 2018

For the second phase of the expo You Are Here – from 14 September till 11 November 2018 – we are looking for hosts. 


Publication— Kortrijk 2025. De stad die we kunnen willen.

July 3, 2018

Register now for the results and book presentation 'Kortrijk 2025. De stad die we kunnen willen.' on Monday 9 July 2018 in the Budascoop in Kortrijk from 7.30 pm!


OPENING 01.06.18
 You Are Here IABR–2018+2020–THE MISSING LINK in Brussels

June 1, 2018

You Are Here is the Brussels programme of exhibitions, urban debates and work sessions as part of IABR–2018+2020–THE MISSING LINK. 

From June 2nd to November 11th 2018, the Brussels World Trade Center (WTC) and its vacant shopping centre will be transformed into a platform and workspace. A test site for the transformation of the Noordwijk, Brussels, Flanders, the Delta as a whole, and the entire world. The programme offers inspiration and support to more than 400 actors, to work on the greatest challenge of our time: how do we change the way we live, work and move around so that we can genuinely achieve the climate targets? The building is changing, if you like, into a World Transformation Center. This is where the future becomes realistic. 

Friday June 1st, at 16h (welcome from 15h30) You Are Here will be opened festively by Flemish minister of Culture, Media, Youth, and Brussels Sven Gatz, in the presence of the curators, the exhibited practices, and many others. 

Confirm your presence before 29/05 here
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Announcement — IABR-THE MISSING LINK Rotterdam and Brussels

March 20, 2018

Architecture Workroom Brussels and the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) are joining forces!

From June 1st and June 2nd 2018 respectively, IABR-2018+2020-THE MISSING LINK will open to the public in both Rotterdam and Brussels. The exhibition in Rotterdam can be seen until July 8th 2018 in the HAKA building, a national monument in the Merwede-Vierhaven area (M4H). In Brussels, the exhibition and the physical atelier are housed in the World Trade Centre, the Noordwijk icon.


Urbanising in Place— Building the Food-Water-Energy nexus

March 19, 2018

We are happy to announce that Architecture Workroom Brussels is part of the ‘Urbanising in Place’-team, one of 15 international consortia that was selected for the JPI Urban Europe SUGI Food-Water-Energy Nexus call. AWB, together with Ghent University, Coventry University, Art Academy of Latvia, Sampling, URBEM, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, CONICET, Wageningen University, Quantum Waste Ltd, University of Sheffield and Shared Assets will work on the crucial role of farmers and food growing communities in managing the food-water-energy nexus in an urbanized context.


IABR-Atelier Rotterdam— and test site M4H

March 19, 2018

Biennale, city and port join forces in city harbor M4H

A global player, the Port of Rotterdam has a special relationship with the City of Rotterdam. Though this relationship has become more fragile in recent decades, the arenas in which the City and the Port come together, the so-called ‘city harbors’, are now of growing importance. After all, this is where smart links between the inevitable transitions in energy and resource use (circular port, circular economy) and the broader socioeconomic development of both residents and businesses in the city can be established.


Antwerp— Mapping the shift of metropolitan phenomena in Berchem extra muros

March 16, 2018

The City of Antwerp is pursuing a renewal process for the city. The strategic Spatial Structure Plan for Antwerp (s-RSA) will be reviewed using three thematic pillars: Flowing city, Cooperative city, and Liveable city. The Liveable city component consists of a study of the prerequisites and levers for mapping the liveability in districts, and was carried out in 2017. Building on the insights obtained as a result of this study the City of Antwerp District Berchem subsequently launched a study on the 'Shift of metropolitan phenomena in Berchem extra muros'. For this assignment Architecture Workroom Brussels is working once more with anthropologist and pedagogue Ruth Soenen of Simply Community and social geographer Christian Kesteloot from the geography department at KULeuven.


IABR-Atelier East Flemish Regio— Has left the starting blocks

March 12, 2018

In 2050, the Ghent region will have 100,000 more inhabitants than it does today. How could we seize this demographic growth as an opportunity for creating a sustainable, climate-proof and healthy living environment? The IABR–Atelier East Flemish Regio (OVK) was launched at the beginning of this year with this ambitious question in mind. The Atelier is a collaboration between the Province of East Flanders and the IABR. The IABR–Atelier OVK looks far ahead into the future, to examine how we could take action today. The future scenarios will be displayed at the IABR in Rotterdam as of 31 May.


CS Genk— Campus Bret 21st century learning landscape

March 1, 2018

With the concept study 'Campus Bret 21st century learning landscape', the City of Genk aims to upgrade the school campuses of thirteen different schools, in terms of their spatial, social and educational components. Today, the link between the school campus and its immediate surroundings, the rest of the city and related life is rather limited. Moreover, it is generally assumed that Genk school campuses have to contend with what is referred to as a 'white flight to the suburbs'. And lastly, the idea is to use the landscape to respond to social challenges and the need for new educational concepts. The Architecture Workroom Brussels team, 51N4E and anthropologist-pedagogue Ruth Soenen of Simply Community were selected for this project.


Regional Call IABR-Atelier OVK— Help shape the future of the East Flanders Core region

January 17, 2018

IABR-Atelier Rotterdam— Call to Architects

December 6, 2017

In the coming three years, IABR–Atelier Rotterdam will examine and test how the energy transition can be a driver for a physically and socially resilient Rotterdam. 

One of the research questions involved is which new building typologies – from new construction to renovation, from residential to industrial – contribute to the energy transition and at the same time improve both the quality of the use of buildings and their environments.

This call focuses on architects with knowledge about the design assignment of sustainable buildings and experience with the search for new architectural typologies and their use in relation to their immediate environment. On architects who want to contribute to the development of concrete spatial solutions as building blocks for the energy transition.

Interested? For more information about the call, submission and the selection procedure, follow this link.

Open Space Platform— Call Water-Land-Schap

November 30, 2017

The weather in Flanders is becoming increasingly unpredictable. June 2016 was very wet and June 2017 was extremely dry. These extremes are bad news, especially for the agriculture and horticulture sectors. This is why the Flemish Minister for Environment, Nature and Agriculture, Joke Schauvliege, is launching a call, with the possibility of obtaining subsidies, to tackle water-related challenges using an integrated approach as part of the Open Space Platform, the Water-Land-Scape programme. 

Submit your candidature before March 2018! 


Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities: Asia

November 10, 2017

Together with Dutch Water Envoy Henk Ovink and the IABR, we launched the initiative ‘Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities: Asia’ on COP23 in Bonn, in collaboration with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, The Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation and 100 Resilient Cities. 

The challenge is to match long term comprehensive urban planning with short term innovative transformations; ambitious climate adaptation plans with bankable projects; developing ever more knowledge of the water system with building more resilient cities; research, design and implementation with inclusive urban alliances.

Early next year we will launch a Call for Action, which will invite urban, climate and water experts, architects, engineers, designers, social scientist, economists and financial specialists, affiliated experts and local coalitions to take part in an advanced, design-driven investigation of the water-related urban, social and ecological challenges of South and South East Asia.


Open Space Platform— Publication Operation Open Space

October 23, 2017

The open space is vitally important. Many challenges are bundled together in the open space: climate change, water quality, food production, renewable energy, biodiversity and so on. An action perspective is required to tackle these complex challenges. This publication pleads the case for an active and integrated programme approach for the open space in Flanders. It enables recurring challenges to be tackled on the scale of the territory as a whole.


THE MISSING LINK— Curator Statement, Research Agenda and Call for Practices

October 19, 2017

As curators of IABR–2018+2020, Floris Alkemade, Leo Van Broeck and Joachim Declerck are calling on practices from different domains and parts of the world to participate in a single continuous work and exchange process: two biennales, one programme.

Our current way of life, our consumption and production patterns are increasingly testing our planet's load-bearing capacity. This requires a fundamental socioeconomic transition that cannot 'take place' if we do not first and quite literally 'make place' for it.

IABR–2018+2020 focuses, in terms of design, on the required scaling up and acceleration of the transition to a resilient future. The urgency is clear, as is the underlying reason. The question is no longer whether we need to adapt, but how we can do so. This involves a great deal of uncertainty, that's where The Missing Link comes in. How do we proceed from the agenda, knowledge and planning stage to actual, effective spatial transformation? How do we do so quickly enough, in enough places at the same time, in an affordable and in a socially inclusive way? And what new design practice is required to achieve this? The Call for Practices acts as a starting point and is aimed at innovative practices that build bridges between effective plans, ambitious goals and actual implementation.


Atelier Zennevallei

September 14, 2017

The Southern Zennevallei is a region where historical industrial buildings and growing innovative companies alternate in a fertile and green residential area along the Zenne and the canal. For decades, the strategic location, local entrepreneurship and multi-modal connections of these urban outskirts have provided opportunities for companies and residents. The solid infrastructure bundles have, however, fragmented the space, making living, working and nature increasingly more fragmentary of a mosaic landscape. A rapidly increasing number of trucks have not only put pressure on the road network, but many industrial zones also urgently need to be refreshed or renewed. Industrial activities are increasingly seen as a nuisance, given that people usually don't live where they work. On the other hand, demand for housing is also rising and companies are under pressure from globalization and automation. There is not enough space to develop everything at the same time, side by side.


Urban Intervention — BRIDGE

June 26, 2017

BRIDGE is an urban, temporary or semi-permanent installation where a physical connection is made between the two sides of the canal zone in Brussels. The bridge is made out of two tower cranes that horizontally come together above the water. The result is a bridge that is portable and not only serves as a bridge, but is also a statement about mobility, connections, public space and urbanism.


A Whole World to Win— Floris Alkemade in conversation with Els Vervloesem and Joachim Declerck

May 17, 2017

Els Vervloesem and Joachim Declerck talk to Floris Alkemade, some eighteen months after he took up the post of Chief Government Architect. They are curious to know how he thinks he can use his privileged position to make a difference. How can he help to shape the role that architecture and design can or should play today? The world is changing at a rapid pace. Many social challenges, such as care, climate change or employment, are manifest ing as spatial design issues. How does Alkemade, who started his career at OMA, where ‘fuck context’ was for a while theleitmotif, view all this? On architecture as export product, the ‘make able society’, ‘tabula scripta’, a role for design power, the envisioning of a better future and the art of daring to fail.


Rotterdam Biennale appoints three curators for diptych 2018+2020

April 20, 2017

Chief Government Architect of the Netherlands Floris Alkemade, Flemish Government Architect Leo Van Broeck and Joachim Declerck (Architecture Workroom) have been appointed the curators of the next two editions of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) in 2018 and 2020.

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Atelier Kortrijk 2025— Urban meeting

March 9, 2017

Sign up now and join the discussion during the inspiration session "How can we live in Kortrijk in 2025?" March 9 at 20 am in the Budascoop in Courtray with Vlaams Bouwmeester and Joachim Declerck.


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Designing The Future— series of debates

December 1, 2016

Today, different global and local challenges present themselves increasingly often as complex spatial issues: from energy transition, the socialisation of care, to sustainable mobility. This is translated into a renewed belief in the potential of design for jointly steering our future in the desired direction. Diverse innovative policy initiatives, projects and exploratory design research have recently been launched in labs, urban projects and biennial ateliers. The time has come to bundle the knowledge, insights and experiences that this has produced and bring them together. What lessons could we learn from them? Where do we currently stand? In particular, what are the next steps? How can we apply the policy intentions in practice? How and with whom do we get started? The ‘Designing the future’ sessions are devoted to the development of a shared agenda for designing a better future.


Antwerp— Study to map the livability of neighbourhoods

November 1, 2016

The City of Antwerp is striving for a renewal process for the city. Three thematic pillars will be used to review the strategic Spatial Structure Plan for Antwerp (s-RSA): Flowing cityCooperative city, and Livable city. The Livable city component consists of a study of the prerequisites and levers for mapping ‘livability’ in neighbourhoods. For this project Architecture Workroom is working with the anthropologist and pedagogue Ruth Soenen of Simply Community and social geographer Christian Kesteloot from the geography department at KULeuven.


Opening Expo— A Good City Has Industry

October 25, 2016

The exhibition 'A Good City Has Industry', organised in BOZAR, presents the architectural proposals and urban strategies developed within the IABR-Atelier Brussels The Productive Metropolis - the participation of Brussels and Flanders to the 2016 edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), entitled 'The Next Economy'.

The opening speeches will be followed by a reception and parallel conversations with the designers, initiators and invited guests in the exhibition space and the Atelier BWMSTR. 


Spoor Oost— Urban Renewal Project

September 1, 2016

Along with the 51N4E team and anthropologist Ruth Soenen (Simply Community), Architecture Workroom has been appointed by AG Vespa to lead the 'Spoor Oost' urban renewal project in Antwerp. The team will study potential future scenarios by means of, for example, workshops with stakeholders and local residents as well as specific interventions on the ground.


Zeebrugge Revitalisation— Urban Renewal Project

August 15, 2016

The ‘Architecture Workroom Brussels – 51N4E – Tractebel – Rebel - Simply Community’ design team was appointed by the City of Bruges to provide support for the design of the 'Zeebrugge Revitalisation' urban renewal project.


Torhout— experiential and identity study

August 1, 2016

In the near future, the City of Torhout wants to invest in the renewal and enhancement of its city centre. By requesting an 'experiential and identity study' the city is approaching this urban renewal with the aim of not only achieving a leap in spatial, but also in social quality. Architecture Workroom, in association with the photographer Marie-Françoise Plissart, is mapping out the unique character and future challenges facing the City of Torhout.


From Cure to Care— transitions in the healthy city of Utrecht

July 1, 2016

The results of IABR–Atelier Utrecht are documented in the publication From Cure to Care – Transitions in the healthy city of Utrecht. The publication comprises a number of promising scenarios that use densification as a catalyst to achieve a healthy city. Besides spatial opportunities, municipal authorities are given the opportunity to position themselves as choreographers of a ‘cooperative’ urban development, involving actors with different investment potentials and ambitions in neighborhood development.


Urban Debate— Week of the City in Bruges

June 28, 2016

The 'Week of the City' will be organised in Bruges from 11 to 18 September. The design of the new Spatial Policy Plan is accompanied by a series of activities that will present the spatial vision to the public for the first time. An inspiring urban story is the common theme running through the visions of the city that illustrate and structure the AWB-MAAT-Voorland study team's research. On Monday 12 September, the first of three city debates will be organised with, for example, Jonathan Holslag and Flemish Government Architect Leo Van Broeck.

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Launch OASE 96 Social Poetics— The Architecture of Use and Appropriation

June 1, 2016

OASE 96 examines the remarkable revival of design practices that focus on questions of use and appropriation in architecture. The essays in this issue proceed from the non-coinciding nature of the ways in which a building is conceived and how it is subsequently used. By means of case studies and critical reflections on a variety of architectural practices, the authors demonstrate how the use and appropriation of architecture can be part of a socio-poetic process from which architectural meaning may be derived.


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— Architectuurcultuur is vliegwiel voor innovatie

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.

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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— Research by design

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— 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— exhibition 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!


VVSG Voedseldag— @Les Ateliers Des Tanneurs in Brussels, 11/02/2020 9h voedseldag

Lunch Sessions— Brussels Academy Chantier Noordwijk 24/05/2019 12h00 @Maison des Cultures Molenbeek More

Event— Live on Air 05/05/2019 10h30 More

Exposition— Bap! Biennale of architecture and landscape 04/05/2019 to 13/07/2019 @La Petite Écurie More

Save The Date— Book launch ‘Designing the Future’ 18/04/2018 19h @Atelier Bouwmeester in Brussels More

Lecture— Architectuurwijzer organises an open guest lecture by Roeland Dudal 27/02/2018 13h30 @De Nieuwe Zaal in Hasselt More

Infosession—Voka The Future is (Y)Ours with keynote speaker Joachim Declerck 22/05/2017 18h00 @Brouwerij de Halve Maan Brugge More

Debate— How will we live in Kortrijk in 2025? with Vlaams Bouwmeester and Joachim Declerck 09/03/2017 20h00 @Budascoop Kortrijk More

Debate— Ambitious Open Spaces 23/02/2017 19h00 @Atelier BWMSTR More

Debate— Less Infrastructure, Better Mobility 09/02/2017 19h00 @Atelier BWMSTR More

Masterclass— Designing With Flows 3: Where do we start? 02/02/2017 14h00 @Atelier BWMSTR More

Debate— Designing With Flows 02/02/2017 14h00 @Atelier BWMSTR More

Debate— Visionary Housing 26/01/2017 19h00 @Atelier BWMSTR More

Expo— 15/01/17 Last chance to visit the exhibition A Good City Has Industry @BOZAR More

Debate— The Productive City 12/01/2017 19h00 @Atelier BWMSTR More

Masterclass— Designing With Flows 2: What needs to change? 12/01/2017 14h00 @Atelier BWMSTR More

Lecture— Djamel Klouche, L'AUC, Paris 10/01/2017 20h00 @BOZAR More

Symposium— The Bedford Tapes : recording the emerging generation with Joachim Declerck 09/12/2016 at 9h30 @AA Lecture Hall, London More

Lecture— Tobias Armborst, Interior Partners and Bert Gellynck, 1010 15/12/2016 19h00 @BOZAR More

Urban Walk— High Streets 11/12/2016 14h00 @Schaerbeek train station More

Debate— Energy Regions 08/12/2016 19h00 @Atelier BWMSTR More

Masterclass— Designing With Flows 1: What is Urban Metabolism? Why is it relevant? 08/12/2016 14h30 @Atelier BWMSTR More

Debate— The Healthy City 01/12/2016 19h00 @Atelier BWMSTR More

Masterclass— The Healthy City 01/12/2016 14h00 @Atelier BWMSTR More

Lecture— Julian Lewis, East 29/11/2016 19h00 @BOZAR More

Urban Walk— Industrious Valleys 27/11/2016 14h00 @Brussels-Midi Station More

Urban Factory Today— Summer School Publication Launch 15/11/2016 17h30 @BOZAR More

Urban Walk— Industrial Groundfloors 18/11/2016 at 14h00 More

Opening Expo A Good City Has Industry 25/10/2016 19h30 @BOZAR More

AZA16, a three-day South African architecture conference with a keynote and panel discussion with Joachim Declerck - 01/09/16-03/09/2016 More

O2, oxygen for Grimbergen debate #2: "Hoe ziet wonen in de Vlaamse Rand er in de toekomst uit?" with Leo Van Broeck and Dawid Strebicki, moderator Joachim Declerck - 19/06/16 at 10h30 More

Urban Vibes Summer of Photography Opening: Debate in BOZAR with Jan de Zutter, Els Vervloesem, Eva Frapiccini, David Bravo and Tobias Zielony - 16/06/16 at 15h30 More

IABR-2016 Next walk with Joachim Declerck "Visionary pragmatism"- 12/06/16 at 14h00 More

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

IABR-2016 Next steps #4: Healthy neighborhoods, designing for higher life expectancy. Debate with Hetty Linden, Els Vervloesem, Martin Dijst, Ad de Bont and Ton van Rietbergen - 31/05/16 at 07:30 pm 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

Exposition— Bap! Biennale of architecture and landscape 04/05/2019 to 13/07/2019 @La Petite Écurie More

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