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Eurodelta 2030 - 2100

In the framework of an agreement between the Netherlands and Flanders, Ruimte Vlaanderen, the Flemish Government Architect’s Team, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and the Dutch State Advisory Board decided to launch the collective study entitled ‘Eurodelta 2030-2100’. The research team is made up of Architecture Workroom Brussels, FAA/XDGA, Alterra WUR, WEST 8, POP/Jelte Boeijenga, Technum and IABR/UP. This team has been commissioned, from November 2014 until the end of 2015, to examine what the relevant issues and possibilities are for Flanders and the Netherlands within the broad perspective of the period from 2030 to 2100. And this in the spatial context of the non-central urbanised delta region of Rhine, Maas and Scheldt: the Eurodelta.


Various geographers, city historians, statisticians, ecologists, designers and economists have on several occasions recognised and written about the Eurodelta as a single system. This delta region is the urban, ecological and socio-economic entity within which a specific internal dynamic can be observed and through which both Flanders and the Netherlands could position itself in Europe and the world. The operative word here is ‘could’, since the Eurodelta has still not become a recognisable reality or collective project that occupies the minds of its inhabitants. No powerful narrative of development has yet been written that couples urgency with potential and is able to convince and mobilise the necessary actors. For this reason, the consortium proposes organising the study as a test-bed: a workshop in which policy-makers, academics and leading figures, inspired by proactive design dynamism, together write an attractive development narrative for the Eurodelta Metropolis.

It is clear that since 1830 Flanders and the Netherlands have developed and applied diametrically opposite philosophies of spatial planning and guidance. Whereas in the Netherlands the collective organisation of space has always been a necessity (being a country below sea level), in Flanders it is only recently that the urgency of and support for a more proactive and directive spatial policy has emerged. So this study comes at a time when Dutch practices and policy are looking for inspiration abroad for a planning system that is able to make maximum use of the ‘dynamic society’; and, vice versa, Flanders is examining how to develop the directive power to introduce a new balance into the private benefits and societal costs of spatial development, using a adapted range of tools.

The consortium is employing the working hypothesis that the two opposite forms of planning are currently in search of a new middle ground. In this regard there will be a constant study and discussion of ‘what’ the possible future might be, and ‘how’ it can be achieved. By in each case exploring the directions of development (content / image of the future / target concept) and the policy type (philosophy of guidance / development logic / etc.), this study will where possible fuel simultaneous reorientation in the spatial domain in Flanders and the Netherlands. In this way it can build not only on the intentions, but also on a prospect of action in the period leading up to 2100.


Flanders, atelier, ongoing, partnership, think tank


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