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Architecture Workroom
Brussels

Mission

Architecture Workroom Brussels is a think-and-do tank for innovation in architecture, urban planning and other fields relating to spatial development. By getting designers involved in the planning process, Architecture Workroom is helping to create a context for innovation within the practice of design, while simultaneously promoting the role and the meaning of spatial design in the formulation of a—crucial—innovative response to the social problems inherent in a rapidly urbanising world.

All over the world, growing numbers of people have been leaving the countryside and heading for the cities. As the cities turned into repositories for converging masses and cultures, they were transformed into dynamic tangles of opportunities and challenges. Today’s global demographical, ecological and economic challenges all come to a head in the cities, where they become tangible and material.  This has also been happening in Europe, a largely established urbanised continent. Planning, designing and executing the required physical environment for our urbanised society will provide us with what will probably turn out to be the most effective leveraging tool for tackling the social challenges of the 21st century.

These radical social changes only emphasise the importance of cities: any demographic growth today is urban growth, any response to the ecological crisis will mainly focus on our urban environments and it is the global network of cities and metropolises that provides us with the greatest part of our wealth production. This situation has brought some new, very real social problems to light, which require a new way of thinking and a customised approach - whereas architecture and urban planning are still harking back to established principles and fixed planning methods. This is why Architecture Workroom has been seeking alternative solutions, by concentrating on innovative design principles that connect more fluently with today’s urban societies.

Architecture Workroom is hoping to find the key to this connectivity by working at a range of different scales of spatial development. All too often, intercity cooperation fails to transcend the level of the conurbation, yet as cities have been sprawling to become urban regions or even bigger metropolises, they have no choice but to adapt their policies to accommodate this new urban and socioeconomic reality. A number of issues that never used to feature on the agenda for urban development, such as water management, agriculture and world economic activities, have now become topical.  As a consequence, not just architects and urban planners, but politicians, administrations, market players and citizens will also be required to come up with new ideas to adapt the city to its increased size and its new role. As a small cosmopolitan metropolis and the capital of Europe, Brussels is an ideal operating base for Architecture Workroom—as well as a laboratory—from which to contribute to this crucial overhaul of design practice.   

News

March 1, 2016

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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! http://www.prixfernandbaudinprijs.be/Public/?language=eng

Events

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
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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.