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Architecture Workroom
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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

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Flanders, atelier, ongoing, think tank

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