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Atelier Brussels— The Productive Metropolis

In the context of the International Architecture Biennial Rotterdam (IABR) 2016, with its theme of The Next Economy, the IABR together with Architecture Workroom has set up a partnership with Flemish and Brussels actors. The aim of 'Atelier Brussels Productive Metropolis' is a better match between the changing economy and the organisation of space for productive activities in the capital city's metropolitan area. The results of this process of design research and knowledge sharing are on display at the Rotterdam Architecture Biennial, but also in Brussels.

A healthy city is a productive city. This requires an approach that strives for a strategic anchoring of the future of the economy in the fabric of 21st-century city. International challenges and trends underline the need to reintroduce the manufacturing industry to our regions: from manufacturing that makes the link between knowledge, innovation and production, to a circular economy committed to shorter chains and flows of materials and energy.

The Flemish-Brussels metropolitan region has a large number of low-skilled unemployed, while old industrial zones languish in the city and its outskirts. Atelier Brussels Productive Metropolis proposes giving these old industrial sites a new lease on life by focusing on attracting innovative production activities. The city as a melting pot of knowledge and labour is seen as the ideal breeding ground, with opportunities for the Brussels Canal Zone and the adjacent industrial zones in Vilvoorde, for developing a circular economy, and for local assembly coupled with a global logistics system. According to Atelier Brussels Productive Metropolis, the foundations of the productive city of the future can be laid in the metropolitan area, while at the same time achieving social, ecological, economic and spatial gains on both sides of the regional border.

The main partners of the process are the Brussels-Capital Region, Ruimte Vlaanderen, the Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM) and the Province of Flemish Brabant. Within the workshop, a number of prospective design research programmes are being conducted on the basis of specific case studies, always in close cooperation with the relevant actors in Flanders and Brussels. The totality of the ongoing processes, and spatial and governance challenges in the Brussels metropolis make this region an excellent testing ground for future spatial models, as an example for many other cities and urban regions in Flanders, Wallonia and Europe. Through design research and a programme of policy and stakeholder participation, Atelier Brussels Productive Metropolis will go in search of the desired development models and spatial typologies for the productive city.

The Atelier Brussels presents an Urban Workroom Program this autumn in the Brussels metropolitan region. The state of the city and its future is actively researched through a series of presentations, masterclasses and debates.

The Urban Workroom Program starts with the exhibition at BOZAR on 25.10.2016 and runs from October through January in association with OVAM (the Public Waste Agency of Flanders), Ruimte Vlaanderen, IABR, VRP (Flemish Association for Space and Planning), the Flemish Master Builder Team and Bozar.

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Urban Agenda Public Program

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 together with the designers.

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The urban challenge that the Atelier Brussels researches and develops for the capital of Europe, is presented as one of the new narratives that depicts the Europe of tomorrow. With a prominent role for culture as a catalyst of social innovation.

Lectures and public debate with among others Jonathan Holslag (professor International Politics, VUB – opinion maker) and Maarten Hajer (professor Urban Futures, University of Utrecht and curator IABR-2016)

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Students of various architecture schools worked last semester on the theme of The Next Economy. The best projects were selected and are presented as a provocation for the debate on the sense and nonsense of the reintroduction of industry and economy in the city.

Following the start of the design research, the design questions that are addressed in the Atelier Brussels are confronted with the results of similar research in Rotterdam and Antwerp. Internationally active designers will debate about the importance of space for production in the city and refine the hypothesis of the Atelier. Lectures by Djamel Klouche (l’AUC - IABR Projectatelier Rotterdam), Klaas Meesters (project leader Labo XX – Work, City of Antwerp) and Freek Persyn (51N4E, Brussels). Debate with among others Mark Brearley (CASS Cities, London), Olv Klijn (FABRIC, Amsterdam) and Ward Verbakel (Plusoffice, Brussel). Moderation: Joachim Declerck.

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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
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
Vacancy— Directie Assistent (m/f) Planning & Communicatie
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
With structural support from the Flemish government and regular support from the Brussels capital region and other regional and local governments.