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You Are Here - Brussels

You Are Here is an exhibition, urban debate programme and shared workspace in Brussels.

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We can continue to call for less driving, less flying or eating less meat, but as long as our towns and cities do not facilitate these new habits, it remains an empty ambition. People are thinking about and experimenting with alternatives, but only marginally. In addition, we have concluded international agreements, but only about a distant future. Because the future is difficult to imagine, and the fear of the unknown remains great. Everyone knows that things have to change, but nobody changes their behaviour. Just there is the missing link.

The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam has appointed three curators in the context of IABR-2018 + 2020-THE MISSING LINK and asked them to examine the missing link. The Dutch Chief Government Architect Floris Alkemade, the Flemish Government Architect Leo van Broeck and the Belgian architect Joachim Declerck curate a process of design research. The aim is to  mobilize worldwide thinking, initiative and design power for a profound process of research by designing on the spatial transformations that make it possible to realize the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and the Paris climate agreement. The question is no longer whether we have to adjust, but how we can do that. There is still a lot of uncertainty about this. How do we move from agenda, knowledge and plans to effective spatial transformation?

The Biennial includes a diptych, with a working biennial in 2018 and a result-oriented edition in 2020. This double edition is entirely dedicated to the aforementioned Sustainable Development Goals. The Biennial takes on two cities: Rotterdam and Brussels. The European capital is the backdrop for You Are Here, an exhibition and a process in which various actors forge alliances, reflect on and work towards the breakthroughs that should enable us to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

There's a reason why Joachim Declerck and Leo Van Broeck chose the World Trade Center I as a base for the Brussels section of the biennial. The WTC and its shopping centre are the iconic remnants of a 20th-century city planning where the dominance of the service economy resulted in a mono-functional business district. The strongly criticized history of what is now Noordwijk - where a whole working-class district had to make way for towers that are virtually empty today - overshadows the debate around the necessary reconversion.

But however paradoxical it may seem at first glance, this situation now offers opportunities: the large amount of unused space appears to be an excellent breeding ground for experimentation. Today the tower functions as a hub for creative people of all kinds, and as a laboratory for transitions. The practices, visions of the future and synergies that arise here provide us with insight into what this neighbourhood might look like. You Are Here recognizes this driving, inviting power and wants to use the dynamic context of Noordwijk as a platform to bring a wide variety of actors and practices together. You Are Here will function as a catalyst to bring about a different kind of cooperation in spatial practice with all these partners. So You Are Here is at the same time the externalization and the driving force of a movement that envisages a thorough transformation of our society, through spatial practice in the broad sense of the word.

This ambition is also reflected in the structure of the exhibition and the subsequent program. On the first floor, a state of affairs is prepared - hence the title You Are Here- and a non-exhaustive overview of leading, cross-discipline practices that respond to the current impasse in a creative and inspiring way. By bringing them together in one room, underlying and often underexposed links between the different practices are suggested. These connections are a necessary intermediate step to arrive at solutions and in a certain sense form the background for the modus operandi that the program presents on the 23rd floor. This is the place where, with a breathtaking view of Brussels as a backdrop, space is literally and figuratively created to set out different lines of work. Here an active search is being made for possible cross-fertilization between different policy areas, actors, places and experts in order to force the much-needed breakthroughs.

You Are Here is not only an exhibition but also - and perhaps especially - a breeding ground for different actors to forge alliances, to reflect on and to work towards the breakthroughs that should enable us to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Open and closed work conferences will be held, the complete program is on the website


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