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Book launch Fundamentals of urban design
17. Nov 8 pm
De metaforische begrippen ‘Eiland & Archipel’ © Heinrich Altenmueller

After years of experience in education, research, design practice and policy advice, Professor Marcel Smets, founder of urban design and second Flemish Government Architect, has compiled his insights into urban design in a personal booklet. He reduces a complex subject matter to a series of core insights, and makes them comprehensible to a wide audience.

Smets' search for the Fundaments van het Stadsontwerp (Foundations of Urban Design), a very appropriate title, did not become a lengthy textbook, but an interesting and accessible essay. Twenty short chapters dissect central concepts from the practice of urbanisation and urbanism, using complementary pairs of concepts and characteristic examples.

In a full evening programme, the Flemish Architecture Institute fits this new and original contribution into the broader tradition of urban planning manuals. At the beginning of the evening Marcel Smets will explain the structure of the book. Afterwards, in a panel discussion with critical readers, we will explore the effective usability of the book for contemporary practice.
Speakers:
- Stefan Devoldere (UHasselt)
- Kristiaan Borret (Brussels master builder, University of Ghent)
- Els Vervloesem (Architecture Workroom Brussels)
- Michiel Dehaene (Ghent University)
This panel discussion in deSingel alternates with remote responses. In short video messages, Els Verbakel (Derman Verbakel Architecture, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Desing Jerusalem), Aglaée Degros (Artgineering, TU Graz), Tom Avermaete (ETH Zurich), and Maarten Van Acker (University of Antwerp) look for the foundations of urban design in their own local context.
 

Address: de Singel (music studio)
Desguinlei 25
2018 Antwerpen

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Beyond the Pentagon: the metropolitan centre of Brussels
19. Oct 2 pm
Publication Beyond The Pentagon, BCO-BSI, 2020

The BSI-BCO organises a seminar on Monday 19/10 (14h-19h) in the Brussels Town Hall (and via Facebook Live + Youtube). This seminar will present the results of four years of research into the pedestrian zone and its impact on the development of the metropolitan city centre. Two publications will also be presented: a large public book (en/fr) and a scientific book (en).

Roeland Dudal of Architecture Workroom Brussels will take part in a panel discussion based on his experiences within the Pentagon Sud project.

 

 

 

Location: 

Town Hall City of Brussels
Facebook live

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Ecopolis 2020: AGAIN(ST) NATURE
18. Oct 3:30 pm

On 18 October, Els Vervloesem will participate in Ecopolis 2020: AGAIN(ST) NATURE. A panel discussion about "cities full of nature and poor countryside" together with Paul Demets, Ine Renson and Tom Bauler. 

Location: Online

Reservation mandatory

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Archiweek: guided tours in AWB's workspace.
10. Oct 1 am
Workspace Actiris, 2019. Photo: Lies Engelen.

Architecture Workroom is opening its doors as part of Archiweek.

 

This temporary set-up of offices on a standard office building slab, posits a considerable degree of flexibility from the users. The project questions the strictness of classic offices by subverting typical partition walls and other standardized elements. Individual workspaces are surrounded by a large common workspace to be used and appropriated by citizens, entrepreneurs, governments, researchers and other users. The temporary project took an economically feasible approach: as little material as possible was wasted, and existing dividing walls were retained or relocated. The design process took only 2.5 months between the first meeting and the inauguration of the project, resulting in an intensive collaboration between the architect and client. Both stayed in the building throughout the entire process, leading to the design vision and program being a real collective effort and learning experience for all participants.

 

The visits on 10.10.2020 at 16:00 and on 11.10.2020 at 11:00 will be guided by the architect Laura Muyldermans (LDSRa).

 

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Location:

Boulevard Anspach/Anspachlaan 65
1000 Bruxelles/Brussel

Reservation mandatory

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EDAR Lecture Series Joachim Declerck and Filippo De Pieri
8. Oct 5:30 pm

The series aims at giving a voice to contemporary scholars who, within their ongoing research activity, are experiencing a « transition » condition. Their contribution to new, emerging research topics, tentative interpretations and unconventional approaches, marks the intersection of their personal research agendas, the evolution of their discipline, the public debate, and the availability of sources and data.
 
SCHOLARS IN TRANSITION will be a means of a collective debate on the potential of scientific initiative and responsibility of scholars in the fields of Architecture, Urbanism, Regional and Urban Studies.

Location: Online

To follow the debate online: https://epfl.zoom.us
Meeting ID: 854 6506 5009

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Forum Landscape Parks
7. Oct 1 am

How can we support and further develop areas in Flanders with a distinct landscape quality and regional identity in an integral manner? Can we develop a vision and approach that harmoniously combines landscape, recreation, nature, agriculture, housing, industry and tourism? Many local authorities and other initiators want to work creatively on this and ask themselves questions about it. The Flemish Government would like to hear how it can help with this through the 'landscape parks' label. As a representative of an area coalition, local government, regional landscape or other initiator, you are most welcome at the Forum Landscape Parks on 7 October. More information on www.openruimteplatform.org

Location 

Online

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Inspiration session – Pentagone Sud, Brussels
21. Sep 1 am

Through urban acupuncture with new green spaces, the Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie aims to involve local actors in the design, implementation and management of a city-wide green and blue network.

 

The first workshop in December 2019 analysed the possible projects and collaborations to be implemented. 

During the inspiration session, these reflections will be presented. In the second part of this session, together with all the guests, we would like to broaden our thinking by thinking about promising links between the various projects in the neighbourhood and beyond, and question the feasibility of a green-blue network in the city.

Location: online

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Delta Atelier Conference
22. Jun 1 am

At the fourth conference of the Delta Atelier, the role of spatial design in the major societal challenges in the Netherlands, Flanders and Brussels will once again be central. Six themes were researched over the past year and will therefore be given a prominent place in this three-day knowledge-sharing marathon. Finally, a plenary discussion will draw joint conclusions about the necessary economic and financing models, the new relationships between government and citizens and the regulations needed to facilitate these transitions.

 

Program:

22 June - Scaling up energy districts

22 June - Circular Ports

22 June - Caring Neighbourhoods

June 23 - Urban Management

23 June - Food and Soil

23 June - Mobility nodes

03 July - Plenary discussion

Location: online

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Webinars OVK - Learning environment in practice
28. May 1 am
Four housing typologies for the energy district in Eeklo, image: plusoffice, enprove

Covenants of Mayors have been signed in many municipalities in East Flanders in recent years, but it is often not clear how the ambitious objectives can now be put into practice. That is why the IABR-Atelier OVK organised a series of webinars based on a twofold question: how can we build the future of the region through concrete projects, and vice versa, how can major social goals be a lever for innovative developments in the field?

These webinars dealt with various locations and challenges. Such as the reconstruction of roads, the redevelopment of station, market square and school environments, the redevelopment of classic allotment areas and the new interpretation of residential expansion areas. These are the types of locations and tasks that occur throughout the region and offer a handle to get started.

Possible answers to this question were illustrated and discussed during three thematic webinars, which touch on the challenges that were researched and developed in the three demonstration projects.

 

The first webinar on 14 May focused on open space in the OVK region. Many municipalities cherish it, but at the same time struggle with development pressure. How can we secure this precious open space, but still stimulate further spatial developments?

The second webinar on 28 May focused on shared mobility in the OVK region. Many initiatives have already been set in motion, but structural support is still lacking in many places. Building on the many small initiatives, how can a system change be brought about and what new types of space should be developed for this purpose?

The third and final webinar on 11 June looked at the energy district in the OVK region. How can we use the energy transition as a lever for spatial and social added value?

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Circular (City)Ports Online Webinars
28. Apr 1 am

Within the research trajectory ‘Circular (City) Ports’, initiated by Circular Flanders/OVAM and in collaboration with 1010au and Architecture Workroom Brussels, three online webinars were organized with a selected group of port authorities, practitioners, researchers and cities. The online webinars tried to define a first moment of strategic thinking to sharpen the next steps to accelerate the circular transition in (city) ports.

Location: online

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Unsealing forum. '1 year Flanders breaks out'
5. Mar 1 am

On 5 March 2020, the first series of 22 'Proeftuinen Ontharding’ (Pilot Project Unsealing) and all the experts involved, together with the Environment Department, looked back one year on a joint realisation and knowledge project. With every Pilot Project Unsealing a first step is taken and lessons can be learned with the aim that Flanders no longer belongs to one of the most hardened areas of Europe. To put highlight this moment and to take a look ahead, there was a Unsealing Forum. 

 

The programme summary: 

 

Morning

The morning looked back on the learning process of the 1st generation of pilot projects unsealing and their supporters.

A number of exemplary unsealing projects were presented by their leaders and several participants (projects, design supervisors, experts, ...) from the trajectory discussed the trajectory, the projects and the process. 

 

Afternoon

The afternoon focused on the exchange of knowledge between the 1st generation and 2nd generation pilot projects through a parallel work session and adds knowledge and expertise from external parties. 

It aims to broaden the learning effects and to work together on the further development of a softening culture in Flanders.

 

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Open Space Platform XL
3. Mar 1 am
At the ORP-XL, the publication 'Open Space Works' was also launched.

On March 3rd, the Open Space Platform made an inventory of the past three years in an XL line-up and looked ahead to the future. It was a day full of testimonies, reflection as well as energy and proposals for the future. In the morning, Hans Leinfelder (KU Leuven) and Saartje Degelin (Boerenbond) discussed the opportunities and pitfalls of the OSP. We then discussed the Water+Land+Schap programme and reflected on opportunities for the Open Space from a practical point of view. In the afternoon we worked in smaller working groups on the various programmes of the Open Space Platform. For more information about the Open Space Platform, please visit www.openruimteplatform.org or info@openruimteplatform.org. If you would like to stay informed about the ORP, please subscribe here to the newsletter.

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Location

Palais des Académies, Bruxelles

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Workshop III - Delta Atelier Management
14. Jan 1 am
Imagining 10 keys to building city-management of the future

The results will be presented to all partners involved as a conclusion of the exploration process in collaboration with the Urban Management Front Group within the framework of the Delta Atelier. In recent months, AWB, H + N + S, Endeavour and Jelte Boeijenga have investigated how city management and design can be better coordinated with each other and with the major transitions that are coming our way. This provides incredible opportunities, both within the specific test districts that were studied and for the implementation of regional or even national policy! This workshop will provide the final input for the workbook and the poster that will be published after this process.

 

PROGRAM

16:15 Walk-in
16:45 Presentation results reconnaissance trajectory by AWB (in collaboration with H + N + S, Endeavor and Jelte Boeijenga)
17:40 Break with snacks 
17:50 Reflection Round 1 by the area representatives from the four tested neighbourhoods
18:20 Reflection Round 2 by representatives of 'friendly / involved' organizations (including BiZa, TNO, CROW, DON office, Posad-Maxwan, WUR, HVHL, municipality of Zwolle)
18:50 Reflection Round 3 by the clients (municipalities of Almere, Leiden, Rotterdam and Zoetermeer)
19:20 Conclusions
19:30 End

 

 

LOCATION

Maassilo, Rotterdam

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Work Shop 1: Green-blue network on community building in the Pentagone Sud
19. Dec 1 pm
Sketch of the green network in the Pentagone Sud. Materials to prepare for the first work sessions in December 2018.

The southern Pentagon of Brussels is bubbling with projects and initiatives that try to respond to the small and big challenges that manifest themselves daily. Both for committed citizens and for policy, the Southern Pentagon has so far proved to be a breeding ground for collective protests, for unsolicited design research, for multiple neighbourhood contracts and urban renewal contracts and for prioritizing investments.

To cultivate this capacity, a co-production process is underway in which the residents of their neighbourhood collaborate with governments, designers and experts to formulate the projects for the future and implement them in new coalitions.

The urban renewal project of the Flemish Community Commission focuses on shaping a productive and locally anchored green-blue network in the southern Pentagon. Through a series of workshops with residents and local organizations, designers, governments and experts, roofs, facades, fencing and playgrounds are smartly provided with productive greenery (vegetables, fruit, herbs), nest boxes and other installations that enhance biodiversity and the short food chain. promote in the city. New green spaces are created through this urban acupuncture that involve local residents and organizations in the design, implementation and management. Productive green installations thus become a lever for working towards a healthier environment, better water management, the tempering of the heat island effect and the social cohesion in (vulnerable) neighbourhoods.

In collaboration with the Flemish Community Commission, BSI-BCO, Atelier Groot Eiland, BRAL and Architecture Workroom Brussels.

 

PROGRAM

1.00 pm - 1.20 pm: Introduction
A framework for the Center Metropolitain + Pentagone Sud as the first test for a co-productive urban project.
1.20 pm - 3.20 pm: Work tables
3.20 pm - 4.00 pm: Conclusions and future debate

 

LOCATION

Fontainas-zaal

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Seminar-series Take Care! – Atelier 2: Follow the money
17. Dec 1 pm
Seminar-series Take Care! Invisible care as a socio-spatial assignment. An initiative of UGent, Team Vlaams Bouwmeester, VIPA and Architecture Workro

Invisible care as a socio-spatial assignment.

Together with representatives of different policy areas and knowledge institutions, architects, civil society, civil society-market initiatives, for five afternoons, we are in conversation about the policy and professional approaches that can prevent or promote invisible care. 

The second atelier deals with the question of how the ambitions and implementations of invisible care behave being able to relate the socio-spatial mission to the financing of care, with an emphasis on the new evolution towards personal financing. We discuss the effect of the evolution of financing of care has to do with the design of living and living situations of care-dependent citizens. Can the (personal) financing make invisible care possible? We look for encouragement for innovative projects of invisible care that respond to the personal financing.

The Take Care! Seminar-series is an initiative of UGent / Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy, Architecture Workroom Brussels, Team Flemish Bouwmeester and VIPA. In collaboration with LUCAS / Social Policy and Social Work research group, UGent / Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Dep. Environment, Ag. Living, Ag. Care and Health, Ag. Persons with disabilities and VRP.

 

PROGRAM

13.00 Welcome 
Presentations:
13.30 - 13.45 
Presentation from policy - James Van Casteren, VAPH
13.45 - 14.00 Presentation of the broad framework - Koen Hermans, LUCAS / KULeuven
14.00 - 14.45
Socio-spatial testimonials
- Luc Verbeke (Den Dries / Kwaito)
- Matthias Somers (Think Tank Minerva)
- Nadia Quintens (vzw Bindkracht)

14.45 - 15.00 break

Work sessions
15.00 - 15.15
Introduction
15.15 - 16.15 Round tables
16.15 - 16.45 Conclusions
16.45 -...Aperitif and networking time

 

 

 

LOCATION

Architecture Workroom Brussels
Boulevard Anspach 65
1000 Brussels

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Seminar-series Take Care! - Atelier 1: Socialization of Care
12. Dec 1 pm
Seminar-series Take Care! Invisible care as a socio-spatial assignment. An initiative of UGent, Team Vlaams Bouwmeester, VIPA and Architecture Workroo

Invisible care as a socio-spatial assignment.

Together with representatives of different policy areas and knowledge institutions, architects, civil society, civil society-market initiatives, for five afternoons, we are in conversation about the policy and professional approaches that can prevent or promote invisible care. 

During the first workshop the question we go into more detail is how the invisible ambitions and implementations of can act as a social spatial assignment and relate to the socialization of the care. We discuss possible pros and cons in the workshop and the disadvantages of socialization. We focus on the underlying concept of citizenship and how principles of solidarity can be interpreted in various ways. Is invisible care a lever of warm and cold solidarity (or informal and formal,professional care)? In that light we look for the seeds of innovative practices of invisible care.

The Take Care! Seminar-series is an initiative of UGent / Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy, Architecture Workroom Brussels, Team Flemish Bouwmeester and VIPA. In collaboration with LUCAS / Social Policy and Social Work research group, UGent / Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Dep. Environment, Ag. Living, Ag. Care and Health, Ag.Persons with disabilities and VRP.

 

PROGRAM

13.00 Welcome 

Presentations:

13.30 - 13.45 
Presentation from policy - Wouter Beke, Flemish Minister of Welfare, Public Health, Family & Poverty Reduction
13.45 - 14.00
Presentation of the broad framework - Griet Roets, UGent department Social Work and Social Pedagogy
14.00 - 14.45
Socio-spatial testimonials
- Dries Cautreels (Heder vzw)
- Simon Allemeersch (Rabot Workshop)
- Michiel Verhaegen (Astor vzw / Osar)

14.45 - 15.00 Break

Work sessions:
15.00 - 15.15
Introduction
15.15 - 16.15 Round tables
16.15 - 16.45 Conclusions
16.45 -...Aperitif and networking time

LOCATION

Architecture Workroom Brussels, 
Boulevard Anspach 65
1000 Brussels

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HOW TO SCALE CLIMATE CHANGE MOVEMENTS
24. Sep 3 pm

Bold action on climate change is still a top priority. Researchers have been warning that as climate change worsens a cascade of irreversible tipping points looms. Currently we see many inspiring initiatives of mass mobilisation and movement alignment that are striving to change the big picture. In this interactive design sprint we invite you to learn from some of these hopeful initiatives and explore how impact investors and venture philanthropists can collaborate to support these ambitious movements to scale.

Session format: Design Sprint

Hosted by: Piet Colruyt (Impact Capital)

Moderated by: Mariken Gaanderse

Speakers: Joachim Declerck (De grote verbouwing) & Yves Dejaeghere (G1000)

 

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