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Program—Building For Brussels

How to make good use of architecture and urban planning in order to deal with the social challenges Brussels is faced with? The program Building for Brussels is looking for similar situations in other European cities, as a means of focusing on practical ways to reach a decisive, effective new urban policy for Brussels.

Building for Brussels is charting the numerous significant challenges Brussels is faced with at the moment, and finding out how architecture and urban planning might be able to offer solutions. Brussels is currently facing massive demographic growth, unemployment, mobility problems and a shortage of public services such as schools and sports infrastructure. A decisive spatial policy could successfully address these massive social challenges, at the same time providing Brussels with a unique chance to hone its ambitions regarding urban regeneration and the construction of the city of the 21st century. 

Building for Brussels is watching other large cities like Madrid, Zürich, Paris, Hamburg and Rotterdam. These cities have been implementing decisive policies to modernise and to make their urban environments more viable. Significant urban transformations stimulate economic development, facilitate access to the city for public transport, repair urban fabric and rehabilitate public space. Projects by Rem Koolhaas / OMA, Peter Zumthor, MVRDV, Lacaton & Vassal, Christ & Gantenbein and Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen are all examples of good practice and can be an inspiration for tackling similar problems in the context of the Brussels urban area. 

The Building for Brussels programme was first initiated against the background of the Belgian presidency of the European Union in 2010. Architecture Workroom was invited by The Brussels Capital Region to act as curator. In parallel with the exhibition a series of round table talks were organised in cooperation with State secretary of City Planning Emir Kir. These workshops have put five metropolitan challenges on the agenda that Brussels is currently facing and are consistently questioning the role architecture and urban planning could take on in this respect. A number of key figures in the urban planning processes going on now in Europe, are now exchanging expertise and sharing opinions with local Brussels stakeholders. 

In 2011 the work continued with the Masterclass 120% Brussels in collaboration with some forty European students, and with the publication of ‘Building for Brussels: Architecture and Urban Transformations in Europe’ in collaboration with Editions Parenthèse.

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Brussels, atelier, completed, ongoing, think tank

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Exhibition—Building for Brussels
Exhibition—Architecture for Justice
Concept studios—Spatial Policy Plan of Flanders
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
Vacancy— Directie Assistent (m/f) Planning & Communicatie
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
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
With structural support from the Flemish government and regular support from the Brussels capital region and other regional and local governments.