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Master Class—120% Brussels

To generate innovative ideas for the urban development of Brussels, Architecture Workroom organised a Master Class for forty international students that focused on the city's radical population growth. Christ & Gantenbein Architects and Office KGDVS led this first Master Class.

Architectural students and schools can play an important role in the process of urban transformation such as that now taking place in Brussels. By conducting applied research, they can be a source of innovation in developing ideas on spatial management. Various European cities (such as Bordeaux, Rotterdam and Kortrijk) have already organised master classes, the results of which are being used in new projects. Such Master Classes can also play an important role for Brussels. Consequently, Architecture Workroom organised the first 'Building for Brussels International Master Class' in 2011, with as theme the unprecedented population growth of Brussels. Under the direction of design agencies Christ & Gantenbein Architects (Basel) and Office KGDVS (Brussels), forty students from throughout Europe reflected on how five sites could offer an answer to the increased population density in Brussels.

The results testify to a transverse approach to urban planning and architecture. Use was made of 'typology transfer', a method developed by Christ & Gantenbein Architects and the ETH school of architecture in Zurich. Its point of departure is a critical analysis of existing buildings from cities that have successfully dealt with increased population densities: Hong Kong, Rome, New York and Buenos Aires. Architecture Workroom assembled a series of architectural archetypes in the 'typology toolbox' that formed the basis for the Master Class. Each design was demonstrated based on a plan, a scale model and two collages. The publication describing the results of the Master Class is intended to feed the urban development debate with innovative spatial concepts.

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