Architecture Workroom

Concept studios—Spatial Policy Plan of Flanders

The Flanders department of Spatial Planning is preparing a new Flanders Spatial Policy Plan as a follow-up to the present Flanders Spatial Zoning Plan. Architecture Workroom contributed to the task of creating an innovative and coherent vision, and developing concepts for the transition from the "Green Book" to the "White Book" Spatial Policy Plan.

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Several studies are already under development in Flanders intended to provide input for the preparation of the new Flanders Spatial Policy Plan. We, however, continue to discover ‘gaps’ in the existing expertise. There are important concepts in use internationally for developing a long-term vision on spatial planning that are still insufficiently known or inadequately implemented in Flanders. In order to develop such a vision for 2050, the Spatial Planning, Housing Policy and Built Heritage Inspection Agency issued a mandate for the organisation of three international concept studios on three relevant challenges facing spatial policy in Flanders.

Architecture Workroom was chosen to set up and guide these three concept studios. In two-day workshops, international experts and developers are invited to develop ‘concepts’ around three specific themes. The first will focus on landscape development in Flanders. The second aims to draw up a life cycle analysis for spatial development. And the final concept atelier will investigate the economic developments needed for a healthy and quality living environment. The ideas that emerge will then be further developed in a design study by design agencies GRAU and H+N+S Landscape Architects. This will allow the concepts to be tested in their translation to policy, in order, finally, to be incorporated in ‘building blocks’ that can be used to develop the Flanders Spatial Policy Plan.

To ensure that the international experts are able to go beyond the generic and engage in specific dialogue, and to guarantee that the concepts and visions developed fit the reality of Flanders and the preparation of the Flanders Spatial Policy Plan, Architecture Workroom is proposing a methodology characterised by: (1) an embedding of the three studios in a continuous process of design analysis and translation, (2) the contribution of expertise based on concrete cases, and (3) an emphatic link with the governance issue and the political-social debate.

Participants Studio 01:

Paola Viganò - Studio Associato Bernardo Secchi Paola Viganò Lars Lerup - Rice University School of Architecture  Sven Stremke - Assistant Professor Landscape Architecture at Wageningen University Lodewijk Van Nieuwenhuijze -  H+N+S  landschapsarchitecten Pieter Schengenga - H+N+S  landscape architects Ido Avissar - GRAU architects and urbanists Erwan Bonduelle - GRAU architects and urbanists Bart Vink - Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment the Netherlands


Flanders, atelier, ongoing, think tank


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