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Bap! Biennale of architecture and landscape of Île-de-France— 1st edition

Following a call for projects, Architecture Workroom Brussels was selected among 23 international practices to present its project World Transformation Center in the exhibition Augures commissioned by the urbanist and architect Djamel Klouche in the framework of the 1stedition of the Biennale of architecture and landscape of Île-de-France, which is held in Versailles from May 4 to July 13, 2019.

For this occasion, the Petite Ecurie of the National School of Architecture of Versailles is transformed into an agora, in which 23 practices of architects from around the world present their research through concrete projects as well as immersive workshops. Imagined as a laboratory of new architectural practices, this part of the Biennale shows how technological innovations are transforming the ways of building the city and its territories.


As part of the exhibition Augures, we present the project World Transformation Center through three objects: a photograph of the foyer of the WTC-I tower where the cultural event You Are Here took place in 2018, a video that gathers the testimonies of six actors who participated in the World Transformation Conference pleading each for a shared societal work space, and a leporello with images depicting the atmosphere of the work space at WTC and ten principles for its future reactivation.

World Transformation Center

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In 2018, we temporarily occupied the World Trade Center in Brussels’ North District, along with many creative entrepreneurs, design practices, urban initiatives and an architecture school. The WTC-I 23rd floor was transformed into a public knowledge platform and incubator for the collaborative design of strategic transformation projects and investment programmes to better respond to global challenges. For this occasion, the WTC was renamed “World Transformation Center” and established as the central venue of You Are Here, Brussels’ architecture and transition biennial ‘in-the-making’.

To meet the ambitious goals set by the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations to combat climate change and its consequences, radical changes are needed. The transitions - to renewable energy, circular economy, shared mobility, healthy food production, etc. - will not take place without major modifications to our cities and landscapes, and not without citizens, experts and policymakers who live within and decide upon them. No transitions without spatial transformation, and no spatial transformation without social movement.

Many innovative spatial practices are rethinking their work methodologies and concepts within architecture, urban development, and spatial planning when integrating aspects of policy development, knowledge production, climate change, energy transition, water management, food production, circular building and/or impact investment. However, the existing insights and experiments often remain too isolated and disconnected from policy, financing and governance instruments to grow and multiply.

The World Transformation Center facilitates the connection, combination and structuring of the existing expertise, insights and dynamics. In its inspiring space, it hosts public debates, harvesting workshops, research-by-design ateliers, governance labs, and thus enables public administrations, research institutions, citizens associations, schools, companies and entrepreneurs to exchange, jointly developing knowledge and design methodologies for transformation. With transformation programmes worth over 20 million euro in implementation projects as kick-off, more than 400 actors from different backgrounds cooperated, exposing their work-in-progress in a continuously evolving exhibition and work environment.

Practical information

Bap! – Biennale of architecture and landscape of Île-de-France, 1st edition

May 4 to July 13, 2019

Augures, laboratory of new architectural practices

La Petite Écurie – National School of Architecture of Versailles

Place des Races - Avenue de Sceaux

Open every day but Monday

Weekly opening hours: 12h to 19h

Weekend opening hours: 11h to 19h

Free admission


Texts, illustrations and layout: Architecture Workroom Brussels

Images: Yann Bertrand, Max Creasy and OK–RM, Bob Van Mol

Video: Het Peloton and Architecture Workroom Brussels


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