Atelier— Productive BXL
Atelier Productive BXL is a joint project by the Brussels Council for the Environment (BRAL), the Foundation for a Better Environment (BBL) and Architecture Workroom Brussels. It focuses on the economic and planning reality of the metropolitan region. The administrative boundaries between the Brussels Capital Region and the Flemish periphery are often strictly demarcated, giving rise to divided realities in terms of knowledge and policy. This means the loss of opportunities to gear demand and supply to each other across these boundaries. Based on site visits, conversations with stakeholders and intensive, cross-sector discussions concrete proposals were presented to policy-makers during a lunch-debate in BOZAR (Center of fine arts) on the 14th October 2014.
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As a result of the strict separation of spatial policy in Brussels and the Flemish Periphery, we nowadays find no suitable answers to the question of what work has to be fitted in where. There is a need for a radically different look at the way we create space for work. When we view the Brussels Capital Region and the Flemish periphery as a single economic space and system, plenty of opportunities present themselves for shared long-term gains. This requires an approach that pursues a strategic anchoring of a productive economy. Especially by the reintroduction of manufacturing industries into the city: from the manufacturing that makes the link between knowledge, innovation and production, to a circular economy that aims for shorter and more sustainable economic chains. The metropolitan region can gain from an economy that focuses on local production and employment, and on an economy that is less of a burden on the environment through reuse and short cycles. But above all, industry must once again form part of the city, rather than being pushed out ever further into the outskirts among housing estates. It is also for this reason that the issue of mobility is put forward as one of the crucial elements in a productive, inclusive city, in terms of both logistics and traffic to and from work.