Architecture Workroom

Exhibition—Building for Brussels

Architecture Workroom has been selected by the Brussels Capital Region as curator of an exhibition on “contemporary architecture in Europe”, initiated within the framework of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Brussels is facing significant social challenges these days. Its population will steadily increase in the years to come, putting employment opportunities, mobility and public services, such as schools and sports infrastructure, under a great deal of pressure. The Building for Brussels exhibition is stating that a powerful architectural and urban planning policy can provide adequate solutions to these societal problems. The need to resolve these metropolitan issues is providing Brussels with an opportunity to focus its ambitions and build the city of tomorrow.

In its search for solutions, Building for Brussels is closely watching what’s happening in other large European cities like Madrid, Zürich, Hamburg and Rotterdam, where forceful policies have been implemented in the last couple of years to modernise the city and make it more viable. 

Significant urban transformations have stimulated economic development and created employment opportunities, improved access by public transport and have managed to build a sufficient number of affordable dwellings while repairing urban fabric and restoring public space. 

Building for Brussels intends to expose exactly how architectural and urban planning projects can respond to the societal challenges European cities are faced with. This exhibition presents a selection of projects by Rem Koolhaas / Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Peter Zumthor, MVRDV, Lacaton & Vassal, Christ & Gantenbein and Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen, featuring models, films, plans and photos and examining the potential meaning of these visions and projects for the main challenges in Brussels. 

Practical information
09.10.2010 until 28.11.2010
Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels

Initiated by
The Brussels Capital Region
In the context of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Architecture Workroom, Bozar Architecture, A+ Belgian architectural review


Brussels, completed, input/output, think tank


Exhibition—Architecture for Justice
Concept studios—Spatial Policy Plan of Flanders
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
Vacancy— Directie Assistent (m/f) Planning & Communicatie
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
With structural support from the Flemish government and regular support from the Brussels capital region and other regional and local governments.