Architecture Workroom

City Trajectory—Brussels Canal

The Brussels city centre is shifting toward the canal. The Canal Zone is in full transformation and is receiving much attention from private investors and public actors. In order to guide this development, however, a shared vision is needed. Via diverse events, partnerships and projects, Architecture Workroom is contributing to the outlines of a new future for the Canal Zone.

The Brussels Canal Zone is faced with the typical challenges that accompany the transformation of an industrial city to a post-industrial city. The Canal Zone in particular is faced with high unemployment among youth, and a lack of spatial and social cohesion. Despite this fact, new forms of urban economies are developing along the canal. These often creative and informal economies are the seeds for a new socio-economic dynamic. Within this context, Architecture Workroom has worked with various parties to design a process to stimulate the proper development of the Canal Zone.

Thus, for example, the Festival Kanal groups together diverse sociocultural projects and artistic initiatives. As a member of the artistic committee, Architecture Workroom ensures that the cultural initiatives of Festival Kanal also have an eye for the urban design aspects and architectural future of the Brussels Canal Zone. During the first edition held in September 2010, Architecture Workroom, together with Demos and Platform Kanal, organised the International Seminar Exploring Common Space. The central question addressed was how a cultural or artistic intervention in the public space can contribute to social and spatial cohesion. Cafés Kanal provided for moments of dialogue in which six experts discussed important themes.

Now that more and more initiatives for the Canal Zone are emerging, however, there is a need for an overarching plan to harmonise these urban developments. Architecture Workroom is supervising the project Canal Master Plan, with as aim the development of a strategic vision for the zone. The Brussels-Capital Region has asked three interdisciplinary teams to formulate ideas and propose concrete designs. One of these teams will be asked to further develop and implement their plan. Thus a path has been delineated for the steady and quality spatial transformation of the Canal Zone.


Brussels, atelier, ongoing


Program—Building For Brussels
Exhibition—Building for Brussels
Exhibition—Architecture for Justice
Concept studios—Spatial Policy Plan of Flanders
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
Vacancy— Inhoudelijke Medewerker (m/v)
Vacancy— Experienced Project Leader (m/f)
Vacancy - Production Coordinator (m/f)
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
With structural support from the Flemish government and regular support from the Brussels capital region and other regional and local governments.