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Architecture Workroom
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G A R D E N— Parckdesign 2012

Parckdesign is a biennale focusing on the reorganisation of green space. The team of curators, made up of Architecture Workroom together with Atelier le Balto and Eric Troussicot, is handling the technical support for Parckdesign, which is focusing on the transformation of undeveloped areas of Brussels.

Where in the previous editions of Parckdesign, the accent was especially on the development of urban furniture in existing Brussels parks, the 2012 edition is focusing on a reinterpretation of undeveloped grounds, residual spaces and interstices in Brussels. Via a number of small-scale interventions, these areas will be transformed to increase the city's quality of life. The ambition of the curator team is to closely adapt the physical interventions to the socio-economic reality of the neighbourhoods in question. The team thus aims to contribute to the development of a sustainable and open society.

Architecture Workroom wishes to set up an interactive laboratory to stimulate a more social, economic and environmentally linked approach. To this end, the curator team developed among others a 'map of opportunities' that sheds light on a number of 'blind spots'. These are zones within the city from which traditional green is poorly accessible today. For the framing of the event 'Parckdesign 2012', the neighbourhoods in the southern part of the Canal Zone were selected as work domain. Within this area, a number of sites were designated as testing grounds for the development of new strategies.

After the selection of these sites, several multidisciplinary teams were designated to submit project proposals for one or more of these grounds. The teams formed partnerships between landscape developers, artists, architects and designers. The proposals submitted differed greatly with respect to scale, type, duration of the intervention and the associated costs. Consequently, it is also the task of the curator team to ensure the cohesion of these projects. This entire process of thinking, planning and interaction will result in an event during the summer of 2012 with urban, rural, artistic and participative interventions in the public space.

Initiative
Brussels Environment, Brussels Capital Region

Curator Team
Atelier Le Balto (Berlin, DE), Eric Troussicot (Bordeaux, FR), Joachim Declerck (Architecture Workroom, Brussels, BE)

Artists / Designers
Studio Basta (BE), Wagon Landscaping (FR), Collectif Ost (BE) & Studio Public (FR) & Collectif Etc (FR), Raumlabor (DE),  Marjetica Potrc (SL) & OOZE (NL), Jeanne van Heeswijk (NL) & Marcel van der Meijs Mobiele (NL), Cascoland (NL), 100 Landschafts architektur (DE), Stéphanie Buttier (FR) & Sophie Larger (FR), Lara Almarcegui (ES), Ralf Witthaus (DE)

Tags

Brussels, input/output, ongoing, think tank

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