Architecture Workroom

The City as Factory— Buda Workroom

With Buda Workroom, Architecture Workroom is highlighting a series of urban meetings that are taking place in the context of Atelier Productive Metropolis BXL for IABR 2016 with its theme of “The Next Economy”. The mini-expo The City as Factory creates a substantive and artistic setting for public urban debates and presents a study of the space and the human capital of the productive city.

The City as Factory includes an installation by artist Richard Venlet in an empty shop in the industrial district of Buda in Vilvoorde. With his work, he creates a context that marks the place and facilitates it as a meeting and work space. His installation integrates work by photographer Bas Bogaerts, who on the basis of a series of portraits of people in their working environment, provides insight into the economic dynamics of Brussels and the Flemish periphery.

The spatial intervention of Richard Venlet and photographic report of Bas Bogaerts in Buda provide the context for a series of city debates, the first of which will take place on 12 November 2015. These city debates bring the various actors and policy makers from the Brussels and Flemish Regions together around the hypothesis of a productive urban project for Brussels and Flanders.

The expo and the city debates find their context in Atelier Productive Metropolis BXL. This workshop is a collaboration between the International Architecture Biennial of Rotterdam (IABR), Architecture Workroom, and Brussels and Flemish actors. Work will be done around the hypothesis of a productive urban project for the metropolitan development of Brussels and its surroundings. Indeed, cities are gaining in economic importance throughout the world. To keep the economic system resilient, we must ensure that our urban region remains both socially and spatially viable. Atelier Productive Metropolis BXL will look for opportunities to give form to the Brussels Capital Region and Flanders as a platform for future economies, as a response to the economic crisis and increasing social segregation.

The expo was developed in collaboration with FIRMA vzwIt is open to the public on Thursdays from 3 to 9 pm and on Sundays from 3 to 7 pm, from 15.11.2015 to 28.01.2016 at FIRMA.


Brussels, atelier, cultural production, exposition


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
Exhibition—Building for Brussels
Exhibition—Architecture for Justice
Concept studios—Spatial Policy Plan of Flanders
Rotterdam Biennale appoints three curators for diptych 2018+2020
Masterclass— Caring Neighborhoods
Vacancy— Project leader / research collaborator (m/f)
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
With structural support from the Flemish government and regular support from the Brussels capital region and other regional and local governments.