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Architecture Culture Platform

The Architecture Culture Platform is a free association of initiatives from the architectural culture sector in Flanders and Brussels. Together they drew up a memo outlining their ambitions and underlining their role as a catalyst for social innovation. On the occasion of "Architecture Evening" held on 10 October 2015 in deSingel, the insights of this ambition memo were presented to experts from the field. Three video statements gave structure to the salon discussions on the role of architecture culture in achieving greater cultural change, and the impact of societal challenges on architectural practice. For the first year of operations by this renewed consultative body and cooperative platform, Architecture Workroom will act as chairman.

In the wake of the publication of the "Landscape Sketch of the Arts", 11 Flemish and Brussels cultural organisations from the architecture sector decided to collectively examine their combined strengths and their position in the social and cultural field. The result of this prospecting exercise was the ambition memo 'Architecture Culture as a Driving Force for Innovation', which underscores their shared views and position. It is a plea to strengthen the current positive dynamism in the sector, to better valorise the acquired expertise, and to further develop the innovative power of architecture organisations. You can request a free copy of the ambition memo from A digital version (in Dutch only) can be downloaded here.

The architecture organisations constitute a complementary regional network with local anchoring and an international role. Through alliances with diverse partners (governments, market players, and citizen and civil society initiatives) they feed the spatial debate and address the political agenda. Old habits of thought and well-trodden paths are abandoned. Innovative lines of thought are developed and the imaginative power of design is used to stimulate the necessary mind shift among policy makers and citizens.

On the occasion of this common vision exercise, as a new start to the earlier tradition of consultation, the network decided to put teeth into their cooperation with the creation of the Architecture Culture Platform. They committed themselves to developing joint thematic programmes based on this consultation platform. Their aim is to develop a more focused vision and the relevant expertise on a selection of themes with high social urgency, without compromising the individuality and independence of all.

On the occasion of "Architecture Evening" on 10 October 2015 at deSingel, the vision and approach of the architecture culture initiatives were examined by experts and stakeholders from inside and outside the field. This resulted among others in the production of three short video discussions: Henk Ovink (Rebuild By Design, first Dutch Water Envoy), Anna Rispoli (artist), Wim Dries (Mayor of Genk) and Nicolas Bearelle (CEO Re-Vive) explain how they perceive the changes in society and their impact on the design world, and what they think the role of culture could be for social innovation. These video statements were created for the Architecture Culture Platform by filmmaker Roel van Tour, at the request of the Flemish Architecture Institute, in collaboration with Architecture Workroom. You can view the videos (in Dutch only) here.

Initiators of the Architecture Culture Platform are: A+, Antwerpen Averechts, Archipel,, AR-TUR, Architecture Workroom Brussels, Architectuurwijzer, Beroepsvereniging voor Architecten, Oostende Werft, Stad en Architectuur, Vlaams Architectuurinstituut.


Ghent Muide-Meulestede
IABR 2016 — Atelier Utrecht: The Healthy City
Publication—Reweaving the Urban Carpet
Eurodelta 2030 - 2100
Eurometropolitan Blue Space
Atelier— Productive BXL
Atelier de Stad— Brussels
Lecture — Mark Brearley
Festival Kanal Play Ground
Metropolitan Coast Landscape 2100
IABR 2014 Urban by Nature— Atelier Brabantstad
Exploration of the Future of Flemish Land Company (VLM)
Productive Space By Design— conference
Strategic vision— Kern Rechteroever in Aalst
Strategic exploration— pilot projects productive landscape
Atelier— In Between
Atelier à Habiter— Exhibition
Preparatory workshop— development plan for Sidaplax in Ghent
Atelier De Stad Brussels— Kanal Play Ground
International Atelier— Eurometropolis
Expert advice— 'Nieuw Gent'
Preparatory workshop— housing development plan in Kapellen
Publication—The Ambition of the Territory
Symposium—Naar een gedeelde ontwerpagenda voor Vlaanderen
Vlaanderen als Ontwerp— Atelier
The Ambition of the Territory— deSingel International Arts Campus
Lecture—Carolyn Steel - The Hungry City
Changing Cultures of Planning— Rotterdam, Zürich, Nantes, Randstad, Bordeaux
Towards a Visionary Housing Production in Flanders
Guide plan—Brussels canal
The Ambition of the Territory—Belgian Pavilion Venice 2012
Making City—5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam
Project definition—new prison in Haren
Building for Brussels— Architecture and urban transformation in Europe
Making City—Atelier Istanbul
G A R D E N— Parckdesign 2012
Open House Brussels—debates and artistic parcours
Exhibition—Making City
Exploring the metropolitan condition
The Next Economy— Belgium at The International Architecture Biennale 2016
Master Class—120% Brussels
City Trajectory—Brussels Canal
Program—Building For Brussels
Exhibition—Building for Brussels
Exhibition—Architecture for Justice
Concept studios—Spatial Policy Plan of Flanders
Article A+ 282 village— Cultivate the food landscape
Vacancy - Operational Director (w/m/x)
Delta Atelier document
Vacancy— Research collaborators
Vacancy— Communication manager
Transition— Learning, living, working in 2050
Publication— Architectuurcultuur in Vlaanderen (only in NL)
Workshop II— Delta Atelier Urban Management
Air For Schools workshop— Keizer Karellaan and Leopold II-tunnel
Netwerkbijeenkomst— Ontwerp met Beleid
Bap! Biennale of architecture and landscape of Île-de-France— 1st edition
Socio-spatial study— Baudelo Building Ghent
Water+Land+Scape approved
Urbanising in Place— Rosario Workshop
Social-spatial research— Ghent Sint-Pieters
Brussels Urban Landscape Biennial Edition 2018— Rising Waters
You Are Here - Brussels
Announcement — IABR-THE MISSING LINK Rotterdam and Brussels
Urbanising in Place— Building the Food-Water-Energy nexus
IABR–2018+2020–The Missing Link— Delta Atelier
Antwerp— Mapping the shift of metropolitan phenomena in Berchem extra muros
Publication— Designing the Future
CS Genk— Campus Bret 21st century learning landscape
IABR-Atelier Rotterdam— and test site M4H
IABR–Atelier East Flemish Regio— Has left the starting blocks
Regional Call IABR-Atelier OVK— Help shape the future of the East Flanders Core region
IABR-Atelier Rotterdam— Energy transition as an urban project
IABR-Atelier Rotterdam— Call to Architects
Open Space Platform— Call Water-Land-Schap
Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities: Asia
Open Space Platform— Publication Operation Open Space
THE MISSING LINK— Curator Statement, Research Agenda and Call for Practices
Atelier Zennevallei
Urban Intervention — BRIDGE
Workshop Series — Urban Economy in the Brussels Metropolitan Area
Lecture and Debate — Fitting More Industry In
Rotterdam Biennale appoints three curators for diptych 2018+2020
A Whole World to Win— Floris Alkemade in conversation with Els Vervloesem and Joachim Declerck
Masterclass— Caring Neighborhoods
Atelier Kortrijk 2025— Innovative urban development strategy
Designing The Future— series of debates
Atelier Brussels— Masterclasses
Atelier Brussels— Lectures Structure and Stimulus
Atelier Brussels— Urban Walks
Antwerp— Study to map the livability of neighbourhoods
Atelier Brussels— Expo A Good City Has Industry
Spoor Oost— Urban Renewal Project
City of Bruges— Week of the City
Zeebrugge Revitalisation— Urban Renewal Project
Torhout— experiential and identity study
Launch OASE 96 Social Poetics— The Architecture of Use and Appropriation
From cure to care— transitions in the healthy city of Utrecht
Atelier Brussels— Urban Meeting IABR
Urban Meeting Bozar— The Productive Metropolis
Imagine Europe— Bozar
Atelier Brussels— The Productive Metropolis
Call for design teams— Atelier Brussels The Productive Metropolis
Development strategy— Ostend Eastern Shore
Review of spatial structure plan— Bruges City
The City as Factory— Buda Workroom
Colloquium — Architecture in Belgium and Turkey: Changing practices
Architecture Culture Platform
With structural support from the Flemish government and regular support from the Brussels capital region and other regional and local governments.