Architecture Workroom

CS Genk— Campus Bret 21st century learning landscape

With the concept study 'Campus Bret 21st century learning landscape', the City of Genk aims to upgrade the school campuses of thirteen different schools, in terms of their spatial, social and educational components. Today, the link between the school campus and its immediate surroundings, the rest of the city and related life is rather limited. Moreover, it is generally assumed that Genk school campuses have to contend with what is referred to as a 'white flight to the suburbs'. And lastly, the idea is to use the landscape to respond to social challenges and the need for new educational concepts. The Architecture Workroom Brussels team, 51N4E and anthropologist-pedagogue Ruth Soenen of Simply Community were selected for this project.

In response to the three-part question of the school campus, involving space, diversity and education, a broader, socio-spatial approach is crucial from the outset. In addition the mutual link between the city and diverse society on the one hand, and the learning landscape on the other, is key. This is consistent with a general trend, in which it is not only schools that are reflecting on how they can break down their walls: the healthcare and welfare sector is also contemplating the idea of no longer isolating care or illness but increasingly making it part of our everyday life.

This means we cannot solely view the role of design as developing a spatial design plan, along with a social agenda. We firmly believe in an ongoing story. The many challenges at Campus Bret demand a strong, well-designed spatial foundation that integrates the future learning landscape on different levels in the broader environment. Our aim is to connect the various sub-projects in an over-arching future vision with which diverse parties can identify, on both the spatial and social levels. At the same time we are highly committed to a more tight-knit, and process-steered approach.

This study began with a series of bilateral discussions with the boards of the thirteen schools involved. In addition dozens of discussions were held with pupils, technical staff, local residents, people from local associations, municipal services involved in this and other relevant projects, and other design agencies active in Genk. Using a series of thematic workshops, each comprising a selection of a very diverse group of participants, we linked these insights to potential change scenarios illustrated using design research. We developed these scenarios by positioning the Bret campus in a broader (spatial and social) context and using the montage of various 'clues' from the discussions in which recognisable elements were moulded into a new concept. During the workshops this material was discussed, explored and elaborated further. This finally resulted in a strategic development plan.

In this project we are not working towards a 'take it or leave it' plan, but have adopted a systematic approach for minor and major interventions, which could be spatial as well as social, more structural or punctual in nature. This is how we are striving to jointly lay the foundations and determine the direction of a learning landscape that could continue to develop in years to come.


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