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Atelier Brussels— Masterclasses

7 series of Workshops and Masterclasses:

  1. Students workshop University of Sheffield - 26-28.09.17
  2. Urban Economy in the Brussels Metropolitan Area - 16-20.10.17
  3. Urban Economy in the Brussels Metropolitan Area - 03-07.07.17
  4. Designing With Flows - 08.12.16, 12.01.17, 02.02.17
  5. The Healthy City - 01.12.16
  6. The Productive High Street - 14-18.11.16
  7. Urban Factory Today - 15.11.16

DESIGNING WITH FLOWS - 08.12.16, 12.01.17, 02.02.17

Towards an Urban-Metabolic Agenda for a Circular Future by OVAM in collaboration with .Fabric, Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij (VMM/MIRA),  Team Vlaams Bouwmeester and Metabolism Of Cities

OVAM and partners present a first series of masterclasses. The series take place from early December 2016 to February 2017 in the Atelier Vlaams Bouwmeester, against the background of expo and program of the Atelier Brussels – The Productive Metropolis.

The masterclasses are intended to familiarize the attendees with the theory, concept and practice of “urban metabolism”. With these masterclasses we aim to stimulate the development of an urban-metabolic agenda (not limited to any urban area in particular) and also create participation and co-operation at the various spatial and inter-governmental levels.

  1. What is Urban Metabolism? Why is it relevant? (eng) - 08.12.16
  2. What Needs to Change? (eng) - 12.01.17
  3. Where do we Start? (eng) - 02.02.17


The concept of “urban metabolism” is fundamental to developing sustainable and circular cities. Urban metabolism is based upon the idea of directly comparing cities to living organisms. However, unlike living organisms and natural ecosystems, cities in general have a linear metabolism importing large quantities of natural resources and generating significant amounts of waste and pollution.

In practice, the study of an urban metabolism involves “big picture” assimilation and analysis of inputs, outputs, the storage of materials, nutrients, water, energy and any other flows concerning an urban region or city which can provide urban sustainability indicators and data. While the concept of urban metabolism is now gaining momentum in the spheres of academia and government, there are still many aspects that remain grey areas which need to be explored in order to understand the metabolic quantification that is relevant for urban and social economic policies and environmental planning. More specifically, the spatial perspective of urban metabolism has yet to receive the attention it deserves which poses the question: how can we apply the attributes and advantages of flows to urban life through spatial design? Great efforts are still required to establish urban metabolism as an integral part of urban planning and design, and this requires the design community to become far more enlightened about all the different kinds of flows. The challenge ahead therefore becomes to “design the urban metabolism” of circular, inclusive and resilient cities.

The Flemish, Brussels and Dutch governments and the other “Prime Movers” are currently setting up experiments where the urban metabolism approach offers a framework that connects circular challenges for cities and regions to spatial development and creates the opportunity for intervention at many different levels. At the same time this framework offers a number of guidelines to help make the much needed shift from linear and causal planning to a more open planning approach. Its complex nature and very definition make it “a work in progress”. Work is already underway in the Genk region (Limburg), the Brussels metropolitan region and in Brussels Noordrand (Buda), while the Antwerp metropolitan region and Gent are also about to begin using this concept for economic, environmental and spatial planning.

Our masterclasses are intended to familiarize the attendees with the theory, concept and practice of urban metabolism. With these Masterclasses we aim to stimulate the development of an urban-metabolic agenda (not limited to any urban area in particular) and also create participation and co-operation at the various spatial and inter-governmental levels.

For whom?

The masterclasses are open to everybody interested in getting familiar with the idea of urban planning and design through the lens of metabolism. They are recommended for city makers, urban and regional administrations (environment, urban planning, economy, etc.), professionals (construction, material management, design, etc.), academic and researchers, consultants, and everybody who aims to embrace the principles of circular economy in their activity or domain.


by IABR, Architectuur Lokaal and AWB

Health and healthcare play an increasingly important role in urban development, also when urban economy and employment is involved. But the force field in which municipalities must operate, is changing rapidly. In the Netherlands, the Government is decentralizing health care responsibilities to municipalities, a 'health care economy' is developing, and the range of health care is increasingly ending up in the hands of a number of national organizations, which do not (cannot) naturally provide local solutions. In Belgium, the policymakers are investing in the socialization of health care. Now that the relationship between income and education level, health care and life expectancy is becoming more evident, the health care policy has also become a social policy. The emphasis is shifting from ‘cure’ to ‘care’, and new conditions are created for municipalities, insurers and care homes. How can local and regional governments develop policies for a healthy and socially inclusive city? What role can designers play in this?

The Master Class 'The Healthy City' focuses on health as a social issue and offers concrete suggestions on how to better link health care and city development with each other. The participants seek out what managers can do, which partners are necessary, and what spatial factors can be used or reinforced in order to create a healthy, inclusive city. Three aspects are central:
1. The need and opportunity to make the link between the spatial domain and socio-economic investment in health care, by giving social programs a place in urban planning and development,
2. Research into how the municipalities (property positions, real estate) and health care providers (real estate, health care range) can collaborate optimally on a socio-environmental agenda, and
3. Formulate how the government (as choreographer) can organize the (healthcare) playing field and stimulate collaborations between the fragile and wealthy actors (urban development, investment, revenue models).

The Master Class is led by Joachim Declerck (Atelier master of IABR-Atelier Utrecht: The Healthy City) and focuses on managers from the spatial and social domain. During the Master Class, managers bring a personal case in which a new perspective is developed, with the input of the design study, and for which alternative solutions are explored. 

THE PRODUCTIVE HIGH STREET - 14.11.16, 18.11.16

by CASS Studies for Ruimte Vlaanderen

Workshop organized by Cass Cities and Ruimte Vlaanderen in the context of T.OP Noordrand

Students from London Metropolitan University will visit Brussels in this week and give a reflection on the possibilities for an urban industrial development around Chaussée de Louvain (Paduwa to Sint-Stevens-Woluwe).


Summer School Publication Launch

by Nina Rappaport, Bram Aerts of TRANS architecture I urbanism, Dieter Leyssen and Claudio Saccucci.

The initiative is part of the KULeuven International Master of Architecture, Campus St. Lucas Ghent and supported by Flanders House NY. 

Hosted by A Good City Has Industry, an exhibition in the framework of the IABR Atelier Brussels - The Productive Metropolis, curated by Architecture Workroom Brussels.

As economies are struggling with how to maintain both a workforce base and vibrant diverse cities, manufacturing is coming into the fore again to provide fundamental economic resources. For decades in the Western world, manufacturing has been pushed out to the urban edges, the hinterlands, and then to other countries shores where labor and land are cheaper. Nina Rappaport, author of Vertical Urban Factoryargues that now manufacturing is smaller, lighter, cleaner, and greener it is possible to return manufacturing to cities in individual factory buildings that can be taller and more compact to save land, transit, and resources.

In the Summer School Urban Factory Today, eleven architecture students were asked to investigate the potential for such a hybrid urban factory building on a site in Long Island City, New York. In order to understand the potential and hurdles for manufacturing in the city, one must engage with factory owners, manufacturers, city officials, industrial developers etc. During factory visits and interviews with factory owners, workers and city officials, the experience of manufacturing in the city was stimulated and knowledge gathered. The Summer School resulted in nine diverse proposals for the contemporary hybrid urban factory, which will be presented in a public conversation Learning from New York, Learning from Brussels between our team and selected guests, followed by the launch of the publication Urban Factory Today.



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