Architecture Workroom

Masterclass— Caring Neighborhoods

Demographic developments are visible and palpable in our everyday environment. In the coming years the number of people aged 65 and over will continue to rise dramatically. The number of single-persons and one-parent families is ever increasing. And cities will continue to attract newcomers and migrants with diverse cultural backgrounds. How can this social challenge be approached as an opportunity for creating a city? How can we build caring neighbourhoods from a future-oriented perspective? This is no simple task within the existing sphere of influence. The government is taking a step back and investing in an ever-greater number of (care) responsibilities in the market and citizens. At the same time our views on care and support are changing significantly. Lastly, we are confronted with increasing disparities in health. Care can once again be afforded a more visible and self-evident position by radically rethinking the structure and organisation of our care infrastructure alongside our life - work and living environment. What is required to achieve this? How can local and regional authorities develop policy for healthy and socially inclusive neighbourhoods? Which other parties could contribute and what coalitions are conceivable? What role could designers play?

Carmen Van Maercke

The Masterclass on Caring Neighbourhoods focuses on care as a socio-spatial issue and aims to develop levers for focusing on new forms of neighbourhood development, housing, care and support. This issue manifests in the transformation challenge in all existing districts and neighbourhoods and in new urban areas yet to be developed. Care encompasses very different aspects, which mutually influence each other. These range from care facilities, the accessibility of the public space and places for encounters, to one's home environment. Therefore, working on caring neighbourhoods is ultimately a task that demands an integral analysis and approach. Consequently the Masterclass includes working on an integral district analysis using the living spheres method and formulating a coherent socio-spatial strategy. Participants will work on identifying what administrators can do, which partners are necessary and which spatial factors could be used or strengthened, in order to create a more caring neighbourhood.

The following three objectives are key in this process:

1. Fine-tuning the agenda: how can the link between the spatial domain and expected investments in care be tackled to afford the social programme a place in urban development once more?

2. Mapping the design challenge: which urban programme could be made visible by an integral district analysis? Which socio-spatial issues and opportunities can we identify? How, where and with whom could we join forces to develop spatial as well as social networks and structures?

3. The City as the choreographer and exploring new coalitions: how could diverse parties cooperate on a socio-spatial agenda in a more optimal fashion? What could Municipalities (land positions, real estate), established parties (real estate, care provision) and local networks or smaller initiators (social capital, innovative ideas) offer each other? How could the authorities, as the choreographer, organise the (care) playing field and encourage exchanges between fragile and established, or capital-rich parties?

The Masterclass is organised by Architectuur Lokaal, national centre of expertise for good patronage, commissioned by the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR). It is led by Architecture Workroom Brussels: Els Vervloesem and Joachim Declerck (Atelier Master from IABR-Atelier Utrecht: The Healthy City). Paul Vermeulen from DeSmetVermeulen architects and Otto Trienekens from Veldacademie will jointly lead the Masterclass. During preparations for the Masterclass administrators and representatives of urban services presented their own case, for which a new perspective and alternative solutions will be explored using design research. The Masterclass will take place on 16 and 17 March 2017 in Brussels (BE).

IABR Atelier Utrecht: The Healthy City

The Masterclass will build on the results of the IABR Atelier: The Healthy City, developed as part of the IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY. Atelier Utrecht examined how health and urban development could be connected, and which innovative spatial development strategies could contribute to an inclusive, healthy city, in which solidarity between the different generations, cultures and income groups is paramount. Not only spatial and programmatic transformations in the city in relation to health and well-being are explored, but also changes in funding for healthcare. For more information, click here.


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Designing The Future— series of debates
Atelier Brussels— Masterclasses
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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
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Exhibition—Architecture for Justice
Concept studios—Spatial Policy Plan of Flanders
Article A+ 282 village— Cultivate the food landscape
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Delta Atelier document
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Netwerkbijeenkomst— Ontwerp met Beleid
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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
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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
With structural support from the Flemish government and regular support from the Brussels capital region and other regional and local governments.