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 information09.10.2010 until 28.11.2010
Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels

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

Co-productionArchitecture Workroom, Bozar Architecture, A+ Belgian architectural review


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