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The Next Economy— Belgium at The International Architecture Biennale 2016

Belgium, Flanders and Brussels and its designers are well represented at this year’s edition of the IABR. This years edition the curatorial team consisting among others of Joachim Declerck (Architecture Workroom Brussels) and Freek Persyn (51N4E) is headed by Maarten Hajer. The 2016 edition of this bi-annual event presents itself as a laboratory for the next economy.

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The IABR is a platform for creative coalitions of designers and other stakeholders with fresh ideas on the possible future of the twenty-first-century city. Since 2010 Architecture Workroom Brussels works in partnership with the IABR. The overall exhibition was designed by the Brussels research and design office 51N4E. As part of this exhibition, research by design from Flanders will be on show namely Trackdesign that was performed by Plusoffice in Genk as well as the Labo XX design research program that the city of Antwerp has commissioned with contributions by Maat, Buur, 51N4E and Plusoffice. Also the Parckfarm design will be presented which was conceived by Alive, Taktyk and 1010.

The IABR is an active exhibition that researches real issues and is looking to achieve true impact. Besides the main exhibition and the public program also Project Ateliers are set-up on different locations with intensive programs on urgent issues with local stakeholders and (international) designers. Collaboration with Architecture Workroom Brussels resulted in the Atelier BXL Productive Metropolis, a Project Atelier active in the metropolitan region of Flanders-Brussels. Partners from the Flemish and Brussels side of the regional border namely the Brussels-Capital region, OVAM, Ruimte Vlaanderen and the Province of Flemish Brabant are brought together in a trajectory of research by design and stakeholder participation, this engagement leads to a first exhibition of a cross-regional project from Belgium at this international platform. The Atelier BXL researches the typological conditions that could serve the reintroduction of manufacturing industry in the city and thus jobs for its low-skilled inhabitants. The cultural platform is deployed to innovate and renew. Pictures of the existing economic fabric in Brussels by Bas Bogaerts will be part of this presentation. Design offices URA and Spacelab will also present their research on the cases on the Flanders side of the border at the IABR, including Vilvoorde and Zaventem. In parallel, design research is performed on 4 sites in Brussels for which Plusoffice architects and Central/Maxime Delvaux/Eva Le Roi are selected following an op call in collaboration with the Brussels Master Architect. These processes of knowledge development and exchange between all the stakeholders will be part of the presentation at Rotterdam. On different public moments, named Urban Meetings, the intermediary results will be shared with the public and leading experts are invited to reflect on these issues. The Atelier BXL Productive Metropolis will also host an Urban Meeting in Rotterdam on the 2nd of June to present results of the design research. Later this year in autumn this exhibition on the Brussels metropolitan region will also travel back to its original context and be on show at Bozar. In the other Project Atelier of Groningen MAAT designers from Ghent together with other teams researched the possibilities in the region for an economy based on sustainable energy production and low CO2 emissions. Another team from Ghent, De Smet Vermeulen worked in the Project Atelier Utrecht on innovative spatial strategies that contribute to the development towards an inclusive, healthy city. This Atelier was under the guidance of Joachim Declerck as the Atelier Master. 

The IABR exhibition opens in the weekend of 22-24th of April.


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
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
With structural support from the Flemish government and regular support from the Brussels capital region and other regional and local governments.