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Brussels Urban Landscape Biennial Edition 2018— Rising Waters

The second edition of the Brussels Urban Landscape Biennial (BULB) aims to sensitize the broad public to the importance of water and its related cycles in the urban landscape through workshops, learning by doing activities, an exhibition, a day of symposium, curated walks and lectures.

In this context the exhibition Rising Waters – Shaping Our Gardens, Street And Urban Valleys, curated by Joachim Declerck (Architecture Workroom Brussels), is held at the Palais des Beaux-Arts. It is a collaboration between Architecture Workroom Brussels, BOZAR, Bureau Bas Smets, Latitude Platform, JNC International, and Taktyk. With the participation of the artists Christian Barani, Andrea Caretto & Raffaella Spagna, Gauthier Oushoorn and Superflex.

LOOP Studio (Alexis Jacob & Nicolas Storck)

Water turns this 'blue' planet into a unique and liveable ecosystem, especially for humans. But it also represents one of the biggest and most visible threats: there is too little, too much and too polluted water. With global warming, the frequency and intensity of heavy rainfall and periods of drought increases, like this summer. This requires a transformation of our cities and landscapes to ensure they can cope with those extreme fluctuations in rainfall and temperature. The task is essentially simple: we have to make room for water throughout the city. A city like Brussels, built over brook valleys and the marsh of the Senne, must once again be able to work like a 'sponge'. By slowing the drainage of water and allowing more water to infiltrate into the soil, we avoid heavy rainfall leading to flooding, and we provide a reservoir in periods of drought.

As with the transition to renewable energy or to a circular economy, it is much easier to formulate and decide what needs to be done than to actually implement it. We have come to live in the illusion that there will always be an additional technological or infrastructural solution, and we therefore do not have to adjust our living environment and lifestyle to respond to major changes and challenges. Today, it is clear that the space needed for a healthy and resilient water system can only be made in places where we now have gardens, streets, parking lots, squares and parks. There is no other space. The transition to a water-sensitive city therefore requires a new generation of street, neighbourhood and urban projects, for which vision, examples and forms of cooperation must be developed and tested in practice. 

A biennial is ideal for making cultural change possible. From Rotterdam to Bordeaux, and more and more explicitly in Brussels, biennials for architecture, urban design and landscape present themselves as workshops to develop new visions and projects, and as forums for social debate and coalition building around the future of the city. As engaged cultural free spaces, they push forward policy, practice and civil society. For example, this exhibition does not present a best of existing projects concerning city and water. During the summer 2018, Atelier BULB invited four renowned Brussels landscape design offices to explore which new urban water projects are necessary and possible. Their vision and proposals to prepare the Brussels valleys, neighbourhoods and streets for the changing climate, form the core of this exhibition. Along with international reference projects, works of art, graphic material, and documentation of current policies and projects, they create a narrative and agenda for the future. More than just a retrospect, Rising Waters offers a preview and a call to action.

Co-production: BULB, BOZAR, Leefmilieu Brussel - Bruxelles environnement
Partners: FBU- Fédération Bruxelloise de l’Urbanisme
Collaboration: Architecture Workroom Brussels, Bureau Bas SmetsJNC InternationalLatitude PlatformTaktyk


BOZAR/Centre for Fine Arts

Rue Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels

21 September '18 - 11 November'18

Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 9 pm

Free entrance


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