Architecture Workroom

IABR 2014 Urban by Nature— Atelier Brabantstad

In the past, the development of North Brabant into an innovative and ambitious region was accompanied by active spatial spread. Nowadays, administrators and citizens are confronted with a number of major social challenges. There is an urgent need for an alternative spatial plan and a redevelopment of the ‘urban tapestry’. In order to examine what this plan and the new models for development might be, BrabantStad (the Province of North Brabant and the cities of Eindhoven, Helmond, Den Bosch, Tilburg and Breda), four water management boards and the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam (IABR) have joined forces. Between March 2013 and August 2014 they worked together in the IABR BrabantStad Project Atelier with a research team made up of designers: Floris Alkemade, Architect, LOLA Landscape Architects, and Architecture Workroom Brussels. The results of this study, which include an impressive tapestry, were documented and collected in the publication Weaving the Urban Tapestry, published by the IABR, the Province of North Brabant and Architecture Workroom Brussels itself.

Read the report here

IABR 2014

North Brabant faces serious ecological and socio-economic challenges. At the same time, the dynamism and inventiveness of its inhabitants and entrepreneurs provides a huge opportunity. To respond to these challenges and to make full use of the strengths of this society, the region has to look for plans and methods for the reactivation of the ‘urban tapestry’: a colourful mosaic of urban districts, intensive farming, avenues, villages, industrial activity, stream valleys, natural areas and canals. The IABR BrabantStad Project Atelier organised the time and the space to work with a wide range of actors on changing social assignments and dynamics, and to design alternative models of development.

It is the amalgam of all the many local coalitions and projects that has the ability to reactivate the ‘urban tapestry’ of North Brabant. A series of models for development makes new spatial linkages possible. The government makes room for social dynamism on the condition that this form of development also helps build on responses to the major challenges. In each instance the economic support concerning good-quality housing, agriculture, recreation and innovative entrepreneurship are linked to the question of water management.

The urban tapestry is a dynamic field of action with existing building and programmes for land use, with opportunities for future developments, and with an ecological system that is under serious tension. There could be no more powerful way of making this field of action with all its new rules legible and tangible than in a tapestry 12 metres long and 3 metres high. This tactile foundation for local initiatives and projects was woven by TextielLab in Tilburg and was first shown as part of IABR 2014 and then toured Brabant.

The IABR BrabantStad Project Atelier is not the end of the matter. It is not simply a mirror of current policy and social evolution, or a seductive but unrealistic image of the future. It is a first move towards an alternative interpretation, a different attitude and story, and a new working method based on actual practice. This process of cooperating with a lot of actors is a step towards a subsequent, goal-oriented and ambitious future ateliers: a laboratory with a series of pilot projects implemented together with coalitions of local actors. The reactivation of the urban tapestry can start.


atelier, ongoing, partnership, think tank


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