The Ambition of the Territory— deSingel International Arts Campus
The research and exhibition project which was developed for the Belgian Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice is presented in a parallel setting to the Flemish public in the deSingel exhibition programme in Antwerp. In deSingel, The Ambition of the Territory has taken the form of a workshop. During the coming months, experts, policy makers, designers and other citizens will engage in intensive discussions, debates and design activities. deSingel will become a workshop for design thinking in which the ambition of the Flanders territory will take concrete shape.
Our European well-being is based on the insatiable consumption of raw materials, goods and land. The same is true in Flanders. Every day the newspapers carry reports of the extra space that is needed for the growing population, industry, agriculture or nature. But Flanders does not have the space to meet all these claims. The result is a hopeless conflict between sectors which demand their own share of the land. An alternative future scenario for the heavily built-up Flanders is urgently needed.
The future of Flanders is in the first place a design issue. The design thinking of the AWJGGRAUaDVVTAT collective is drawing up the outline of a new framework in which to think about the spatial development of Flanders. Instead of allocating their own spots to the different claims on space, The Ambition of the Territory starts from the assumption that the territory is able to share space and to create synergies between the different sectors.
It this way we can transform ‘the ugliest place in the world’ into a sustainable, high-quality environment. The Ambition of the Territory introduces a new look at Flanders. The exhibition poses questions which can be further investigated with the help of different societal players, kicking off a design workshop on the future of Flanders.
Architecture Workroom Brussels, Studio Joost Grootens, GRAU, architecten de vylder vinck taillieu, Ante Timmermans
Vlaams Architectuurinstituut, Team Vlaams Bouwmeester, deSingel and AWJGGRAUaDVVTAT on the instructions of the Flemish Minister for the Environment, Nature and Culture Joke Schauvliege
The opening of this exhibition will take place in the Blue Hall at deSingel on Thursday 4 October at 20.00 hours.
The exhibition is free of charge.
Opening hours: open Wednesday to Sunday, 14.00 to 18.00 hours; during spectacles from 19.00 to 23.00 hours.
Closed Monday, Tuesday and holidays.
deSingel International Arts Campus
Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerp