Architecture Workroom

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.

(c) Filip Dujardin / Team Vlaams Bouwmeester

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.

Curator Team
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.

Practical info
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


Flanders, input/output, ongoing, think tank


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
Exhibition—Building for Brussels
Exhibition—Architecture for Justice
Concept studios—Spatial Policy Plan of Flanders
Article A+ 282 village— Cultivate the food landscape
Vacancy - Operational Director (w/m/x)
Delta Atelier document
Vacancy— Research collaborators
Vacancy— Communication manager
Transition— Learning, living, working in 2050
Publication— Architectuurcultuur in Vlaanderen (only in NL)
Workshop II— Delta Atelier Urban Management
Air For Schools workshop— Keizer Karellaan and Leopold II-tunnel
Netwerkbijeenkomst— Ontwerp met Beleid
Bap! Biennale of architecture and landscape of Île-de-France— 1st edition
Socio-spatial study— Baudelo Building Ghent
Water+Land+Scape approved
Urbanising in Place— Rosario Workshop
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
Antwerp— Mapping the shift of metropolitan phenomena in Berchem extra muros
Publication— Designing the Future
CS Genk— Campus Bret 21st century learning landscape
IABR-Atelier Rotterdam— and test site M4H
IABR–Atelier East Flemish Regio— Has left the starting blocks
Regional Call IABR-Atelier OVK— Help shape the future of the East Flanders Core region
IABR-Atelier Rotterdam— Energy transition as an urban project
IABR-Atelier Rotterdam— Call to Architects
Open Space Platform— Call Water-Land-Schap
Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities: Asia
Open Space Platform— Publication Operation Open Space
THE MISSING LINK— Curator Statement, Research Agenda and Call for Practices
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
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
With structural support from the Flemish government and regular support from the Brussels capital region and other regional and local governments.