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Architecture Workroom
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Strategic exploration— pilot projects productive landscape

The Institute for Agricultural and Fishery Research and the Flemish Government Architect Team commissioned MAAT designers and Architecture Workroom Brussels to carry out a study assignment together as a strategic exploratory stage for the development of productive landscape pilot projects.

 

The ‘pilot projects’ are an instrument developed by the Flemish Government Architect to link research by design intended as preparatory to policy with the implementation of projects that break new ground. Productive Landscape Pilot Projects may give rise to an interesting interaction between the primary sector and (planning) policy.

The ultimate aim, at the end of the Productive Landscape Pilot Projects, is the actual implementation of projects that can play an exemplary and pioneering role in bringing about a productive, shared landscape and yielding a social return, as well as formulating policy recommendations that emerge from the new insights.

A plan has been drawn up for the approach to this strategic exploratory stage with three areas of work that are constantly related to each other: (1) thematic challenges and opportunities, (2) regional differences and systems and (3) business cases.

By crossing these three areas of work and knowledge, this study assignment is intended to go beyond the collection of existing expertise and beyond a simple study of the literature. Just as in the study entitled ‘Towards Visionary Housing Construction’, this project is meant not only to outline a picture of ‘what should be’ on the basis of theoretical aims, but also to chart and fathom the actual production and economic activity (‘entrepreneurship as a driving force’), so as to set out a quality framework for the Productive Landscape Pilot Projects which on the one hand is quite ambitious yet on the other can also be embedded in the economic evolution and development of present and future agricultural activity. 

In this way the study is intended to get a clear view of the current mechanism of agriculture and food production in Flanders (including trends, challenges and opportunities), so as to then mark out a prospective framework for an alternative mechanism. The latter will have to serve as a set of aspirations into which the concrete pilot projects can fit.

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Flanders, ongoing, partnership, think tank

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