Review of spatial structure plan— Bruges City
Together with Maat Designers and Voorland, Architecture Workroom has been engaged by the City Council of Bruges for a review of the Municipal Spatial Structure Plan. Like other towns and cities in the region, the capital of West Flanders is faced with a considerably changed demographic and economic situation that is too much at odds with the existing instruments to be able to spatially develop the area. The request for a review of the Municipal Spatial Structure Plan provides the perfect opportunity to thoroughly rethink the structure plan as a document, as a policy instrument and as a process.
The AWB-MAAT-Voorland study team aspires to a different kind of spatial policy plan, without losing sight of the decree-related requirements for an approved structural plan. Design research was used to bundle issues according to themes, across the traditional sectors, in an inspiring urban story.
It came up with six urban visions for Bruges:
- The Productive City - space to create
- The Romantic City - space to seduce
- The United City - space to share
- The Garden City - space to flourish
- The Relaxed City - space to move
- The Resilient City - space to flow
These visions of the city map out social challenges to which Bruges must provide a solution. They are key issues that serve as a framework for further development, but around which smart coalitions will be formed, and from which numerous projects will emerge. Workshops with city services, civil society organisations, higher authorities, citizens' groups ad other stakeholders translated opportunities and problems, ambitions and needs into an unambiguous development plan. This resulted in the design of the city visions, which will be first presented to Bruges residents during the Week of the City.