Rotterdam Biennale appoints three curators for diptych 2018+2020
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.
Atelier Kortrijk 2025— Urban meeting
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.
Designing The Future— series of debates
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
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 city, Cooperative 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Launch OASE 96 Social Poetics— The Architecture of Use and Appropriation
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
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).
IABR 2016— Opening
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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'
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Unfortunately, this statement of ambitions is only available in Dutch.
Atelier de Stad— talkshow & documentary
As a cultural think-and-do-tank, Architecture Workroom participates actively in the crossmedial project Atelier de Stad (Atelier The City / www.atelierdestad.be). 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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Parckdesign is an event exploring the role of public space and green space in Brussels Capital Region. more
Making City— Exhibition
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
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
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