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Future-driven learning and working spaces
18. Mar 2024
Future Generations Lab, Stadhuis Leuven studio, 2024. Photo: Diederik Craps

Do you want to co-construct how we learn and work in 2050? Then come to Leuven City Hall on Monday 18 March and lay the foundation stone for your future-oriented learning and working environment together with other innovators from Leuven and Flanders.  

 

Many professional sectors are facing major changes. Not only technological innovation will have a major impact on how we will learn and work in the future, but social innovation is also taking place in many places in Flanders. We need new ways of learning and working to meet the societal challenges with new talent and new jobs. 

 

13:00 - 14:00 Guided tour: Future Fusion expo and studio (incl. lunch) 

 

During this lunch-meeting in the beautiful setting of Leuven's historic town hall, there will be the opportunity to visit the Future Fusion expo, which is the result of a 'take-over' by a group of Leuven's young people as a result of the Future Generations Lab, the first experiment of studio operation in the town hall, in the framework of Flanders Technology & Innovation. There will also be an explanation of the operation of the studio, which will occupy the second floor of the town hall until the end of 2024.

 

14:00 - 15:45 Presentations and debate: Future-driven learning and working environments

 

We invite very diverse initiatives that are currently doing innovative work in the field of learning and working environments. All over Flanders, new places of innovation are emerging, which put the debate about the transitions in our society at the centre and provide space for new forms of learning and working on the one hand, and new forms of collaboration and practices on the other. 

 

The Studio in Leuven City Hall is such a social design space. The Studio would like to test the model of its activities and organisational structure and of the workshop space against the insights of other innovative learning and working spaces. This will create a network of innovative initiatives that together will help prepare Flanders for the future.

 

14:00 - 14:15 welcome and introduction  

 

14:15 - 15:00 presentations of future-oriented learning and working practices 

- Evi Swinnen, Timelab, Ghent 

- Tom Michiels, Maakleerplek, Leuven 

- Melle Smets, House of the Future, Rotterdam  

- Jeanne Astrup-Chauvaux, Floating University Berlin (ENG) 

 

15:00 - 15:45 roundtable discussion (in English) 

Towards more future-driven learning and working spaces 

- Jeanne Astrup-Chauvaux, Floating University Berlin 

- Evi Swinnen, Timelab, Ghent 

- Martha Delagrange, Future Generations Lab, Leuven 

- Lalynn Wadera, Deputy Mayor of Education and Economy, Leuven 

- Lore Baeyens, coordinator studio, intendant LECH2030 and SOM, Leuven

Moderated by Roeland Dudal, Architecture Workroom Brussels.

 

A closed workshop session will also take place in the morning of Monday 18 March. In the 'Workshop: the studio as societal design space', we will explore the lessons learned from the first months of the studio's operation. How do we work together in this symbolic place? What are the different roles in the process and in the collaboration? What types of space and what resources do we need? What programming supports the studio's goals? And how does the studio fulfil its role for the different networks and for Leuven's entire society? 

 

Location: Stadhuis Leuven, Grote markt 9, 3000 Leuven

Registration is mandatory.

For more information please contact Roeland Dudal (rdudal@architectureworkroom.eu) or Chiara Cicchianni.

With the support of Flanders Technology and Innovation Festival, Leuven MindGate and the City of Leuven.

 

 
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Accelerating the energy transition in existing urban neighbourhoods and village centres
18. Mar 2024
Photo: Bob Van Mol

Every local government will develop and set out an action plan in the coming years to make all homes in its territory emission-free by 2050. But what are the concrete projects, support and policies to achieve this transition? How can governments, businesses, citizens and organisations work together? That is what we are looking for!

 

From a dozen innovative Living Labs in Flanders, Brussels and the Netherlands, we identify a series of prototypical projects to effectively accelerate energy transition in existing urban neighbourhoods and village centres. Linking a BEO field under a sports field to renovation of surrounding houses. Or a public building as a starting point for an energy community in a building block. These are just two examples of types of breakthrough projects that are applicable in many cities and villages. The strength of these projects is that they work on five innovation fronts: the policy, social, financial, legal and technical/technological.

 

This conference offers a perspective and a set of practical building blocks that local policymakers, entrepreneurs or citizens' initiatives can use in their own neighbourhood.

 

Programmed by Architecture Workroom Brussels and VITO Nexus, as partners of The Great Transformation 2020-2030.

 

Full programme and tickets: fti-hasselt.be

Location: Bootstraat 9, Grote Zaal (verdieping 1) 3500 Hasselt

Date: 18 March, 10u00-15u30

Full programme and tickets

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Exhibition ‘Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk’ – FTI, Hasselt
17. Mar 2024 – 21. Mar 2024
Photo: Bob Van Mol

Our cities are facing a profound transformation. This requires technological innovation, but also renewal in processes, collaborations and organisational models. In short, we need a good deal of people’s work! Our exhibition 'Stadsvernieuwing is Mensenwerk' will be on display in March in Hasselt as part of the Flemish Technology & Innovation Festival.

 

Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk

The exhibition Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk (‘Urban renewal is people's work’) looks back at twenty years of working and the renaissance of the city that the instrument has brought about during that period. It also looks ahead to the next 20 years. Because the foundations of 20 years of Stadsvernieuwing, such as a 'place-based' approach and the call for innovative partnerships, are actually proving essential in light of the social urban transformation that is needed.

 

In this travelling exhibition, a triptych, consisting of images and objects, zooms in on different perspectives of Stadsvernieuwing: from concrete places and projects to underlying systems and instruments for urban development.

 

Location: Elfde Linie, Hasselt

With the support of Flanders Technology and Innovation Festival

 

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100 NEIGHBOURHOODS FORUM:Practical knowledge and tools for stepwise sustainability in our cities and towns
5. Feb 2024

As a local government, you work on many sites at once: renovation, greening, new energy systems, desealing and mobility. The urgency is as great as your motivation. But you do bump into some tough issues. The 100 Neighbourhoods Forum brings together practical knowledge and tools that can help you deal with these challenges.

  • What is a workable sequence of actions to realise a heat network in a neighbourhood?
  • How do you reach all citizens, including socially vulnerable residents, and support them in this transition?
  • How do you link plans for street redevelopment to actions on climate adaptation and mobility transition?
  • How do you combine the forces of different municipal departments and stakeholders?

The 100 Neighbourhoods Forum is aimed at doers like you who want to tackle transition projects in an integrated way. We share the knowledge and methodologies developed over the past six months with the 10 pioneering municipalities of the 100 Neighbourhoods Platform. We give a stage to these pioneers and get further inspiration from experiments from policy, civil society and the business world.

 

More information and program

Location: LAMOT, Van Beethovenstraat 8-10, 2800 Mechelen

Time: 09.00 - 16.30

Language: NL

Registration compulsory

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Broedplekken in Brussels
30. Jan 2024

On 30 January, we are planning a festive closing event of the Broedplekken trajectory in TRACK: no better location than one of the twelve realised Broedplekken in Brussels, to present the results of a two-year exploration on new ways of sharing space and intersectoral cooperation, as a driving force for societal, social and spatial transitions.  

 

Thanks to an investment grant from the Flemish Brussels Fund, twelve 'Broedplekken' were realised: workplaces made up of bricks and mortar as well as people, where local communities and organisations jointly build new forms of cooperation to provide answers to the capital's challenges. 

 

Besides Track, Walter Werkt, Cultureghem, Kuumba, Hoofdstedelijke Kunstacademie, Globe Aroma, Sint-Jans-Molenbeek Scholengroep, Passa Porta, De Overmolen / Hovenier, Liga voor Mensenrechten, Danscentrum Jette and Jeugdhuis Aximax were selected as Broedplekken to further develop into urban future places.

Location: Broedplek TRACK | Brussels North, Vooruitgangstraat 76 | 1030 Brussels

Time: 14.00 - 16.30

Language: NL

Programme and registration

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Conference ‘Genk is mensenwerk’ – C-Mine, Genk
8. Dec 2023
Exhibition view 'Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk' in C-Mine. Photo: Bob Van Mol

After Mechelen, Brussels and Oudenaarde, our travelling exhibition 'Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk' landed in Genk (5 October - 19 October). From 22 November to 20 December it can still be seen in the Old City Library in Ghent.

 

At C-mine, it was additionally extended with a special Genk exhibition called 'Genk is mensenwerk' by Joeri De Bruyn with scenography by Ward Verbakel and in collaboration with the city of Genk. To mark the occasion, Architectuurwijzer is organising a study day on Friday 8 December at C-mine in Genk. The overview of recent urban renewal projects in Genk is the occasion to invite a wide audience of city and municipal officials, architects, urban planners, landscape architects or other professionals.

 

We have been invited to kick off the study day with narration of the exhibition 'Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk'. Subsequently, four Genk urban renewal projects will form the starting point for a broader debate in workshops on current spatial themes in Flanders. 

 

More information

Location: C-Mine, C-Mine 10, 3600 Genk
Dates: 8 December 2023
Opening hours: 09h00-17h00

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10 years of Open Space Platform!
6. Dec 2023
Meander Barbierbeek. Photo: Bob Van Mol

What started as an offensive for open space, has grown to a wave of collaborations and projects in the open space in Flanders. On December 6 2023, we are celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Open Space Platform. Open space advocate from the very beginning, hardworking on the field, strong project lead or curious newcomer – all are welcome for a day full of inspiration, exchange and debate. 

We are not only celebrating this anniversary through a conference, but also through our publication Open Ruimte Coalities: Op de schouders van 10 jaar Open Ruimte Platform (Open Space Coalitions: On the shoulders of 10 years Open Space Platform). More on that shortly.

Location: Provinciehuis Vlaams-Brabant, Provincieplein 1, 3010 Leuven

Time: 09.00 - 17.00

Language: NL

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PED TOOLKIT @ VRP WERELDDAG STEDENBOUW
24. Nov 2023

How do we make space for, and most importantly, accelerate the energy transition? VRP's 'Werelddag van de Stedenbouw' on 24 November 2023 will focus on that question. At Lamot in Mechelen, environmental ambassadors, urban planners, various administrations, study agencies and research institutes will come together. The morning will consist of inspiring presentations by Han Vandevyvere, Ighor Van De Vyver and Moira Callens, among others. In the afternoon, partial sessions are scheduled. You will find us at Sofie Troch's table with the focus 'From energy transition to neighbourhood transformation'.  

 

AWB is bringing the recently launched PED toolkit to this event. At 13.00, Hanne Mangelschots and Joachim Declerck will engage participants in an informal lunch conversation about what is involved in transforming our (existing) homes, streets and squares into ambitious and inclusive energy neighbourhoods. How can a neighbourhood approach become an engine for energy transition? With whom do you best build this strategy? Where and when to start?  

 

Order the toolkit here!

 

Location: Lamot / Van Beethovenstraat 8/10, Mechelen 

Time: 9.30-17.00 

More info and tickets 

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Exhibition ‘Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk’ – Old City Library, Ghent
22. Nov 2023 – 20. Dec 2023
Photo: Bob Van Mol

From 23 November until 19 December our exhibition ‘Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk’ will make its next stop in Ghent.


Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk
Twenty years ago, Flanders developed the Stadsvernieuwing (‘Urban Renewal’) instrument to give Flemish cities a new lease of life. The urban development programme not only constructs the necessary physical urban infrastructure, but at the same time contributes to social developments that give the city back to the people.

The exhibition Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk (‘Urban renewal is people's work’) looks back at twenty years of Stadsvernieuwing and the renaissance of the city that the instrument has brought about during that period. It also looks ahead to the next 20 years. Because the foundations of 20 years of Stadsvernieuwing, such as a 'place-based' approach and the call for innovative partnerships, are actually proving essential in light of the social urban transformation that is needed.

In this travelling exhibition, a triptych, consisting of images and objects, zooms in on different perspectives of Stadsvernieuwing: from concrete places and projects to underlying systems and instruments for urban development.

Location: Oude Stadsbibliotheek, Woodrow Wilsonplein, 9000 Ghent
Dates: 22 November – 20 December 2023
Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 14h00-17h00
 

Free access

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AWB @ ECOPOLIS - CYCLING TOUR OF FUTURE PLACES
18. Nov 2023

Brussels is much more than the often gloomy picture that the media paints. Roeland Dudal (AWB) and Philippe Renders (Cactus Brussels) let you discover future places in the city by bike. Find inspiration in innovative interpretation of public space, sustainable climate solutions and local food production and meet the committed people behind these initiatives.

Location: Grand Hospice, Rue du Grand Hospice 7, Bruxelles

Time: 10.30-14.30 

Language: NL & FR 

More info and tickets 

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Cities4PEDs @ Grafting Cities – Energy Cities Annual Forum
18. Oct 2023
PED Toolkit cover, graphic design by Sara Thewissen and Joris Verdoodt

The publication of our Positive Energy Districts toolkit is getting closer and closer! We will be taking the first copies with us to Modena, Italy, during the Energy Cities Annual Forum. Here, the Cities4PEDs project will be part of the inspiration session on Wednesday 18 October: ‘Propagating City Renewal at District Level: which methods to use?’

During the session, we will present and work with the PED toolkit together with a wide range of experts and initiators who will join the discussion. We will do a hands-on exercise and give insights into our approach to develop a neighbourhood energy strategy. In this, we will explore topics related to renewable energy, affordability, economic models, governance, and so on. How can district approaches help cities make a leap in energy transition? With whom do you build the strategy? Where and when to start?

We will do a first working moment with PED initiators. The session will dive into the questions they would need to ask, considerations they might have to take into account, and examples they can take inspiration from, to push the energy transition at the district level.

About our toolkit ‘Powering the energy transition at the district level’
Cities4PEDs, a two-year energy project as part of Joint Project Initiatives (JPI) Urban Europe, brought together experts from research, innovation, and citizen participation.

To pass on two years of research to (future) PED initiators and stakeholders, we developed a guide: ‘Powering the energy transition at the district level, A practical guide for local initiators’.

This toolkit collects operational questions, tools, and considerations from real urban districts in Europe. The experiences from Brussels, Stockholm and Vienna and interviews with many other European cases within the Cities4PEDs research trajectory form its backbone. We aim to inspire ambitious initiators, governments, and coalitions of stakeholders in setting up their own PEDs.

The Energy Cities Annual Forum will take place in Modena (IT) from 18 until 20 October 2023. It is open to Energy Cities members and close partners. More information

Our toolkit will be published and presented shortly after our visit to Modena.

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AWB @ Dreamstorm – The city, our living room – Groen Brussel
10. Oct 2023
De Zevensprong, Leuven

Our cities are continuously transforming. How do we make more room in our public space for water, greenery, locally generated energy, food, healthy mobility, and leisure, within the limited square metres we have?

At the first Dreamstorm in a series of six, organised by Groen, in response to their election manifesto, AWB collaborator Hanne Mangelschots will be guest speaker. She will initiate the conversation via needs, approaches and projects concerning public space which we recognise from practice. For example, she will talk about the School Streets set up throughout Brussels and the trajectory to make the Northern District an energy-positive neighbourhood. But we also bring in experience from other Flemish and Dutch cities, from our involvement in the Kopgroep Stedelijk Beheer, the CityDeal Public Space or the Proeftuinen Ontharding.

A plea for an integrated approach, a strategy from concrete places and collective projects between private, civil public parties will form the starting point for the brainstorm. With that impetus, we want to inspire Groen (and many others) to create opportunities for new collaborations within the public space.

Everyone is welcome to join the Dreamstorm.

Date & time: Tuesday 10 October 2023, 17h30-19h30

Location: CAPITAL vzw, Antwerpselaan 40, 1000 Brussels

Register here

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Exhibition ‘Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk’ – C-Mine, Genk
5. Oct 2023 – 19. Oct 2023
Banner 'Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk' in Genk

From 5 until 19 October our exhibition ‘Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk’ will make its next stop in C-Mine, Genk: a city in which many urban renewal projects already saw the light of day. For example, people’s work have transformed the area surrounding the Stiemer valley, the Thor park and the neighbourhood of Sledderlo into more liveable environments.

Moreover, Genk remains to be in transition – to the current day, a lot of local renewal has been taking place in the city. Therefore, in C-Mine ‘Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk’ will be accompanied by an additional exhibition called ‘Genk is mensenwerk’ by Joeri De Bruyn and the city of Genk, focusing on projects that will have a fundamental impact on the city of Genk. The city of Genk and Architectuurwijzer will also organise an additional programme with seminars, guided tours, debates and workshops.

During the opening of the exhibition on 5 October 2023, co-curator Lene De Vrieze will give a guided tour.

Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk
Twenty years ago, Flanders developed the Stadsvernieuwing (‘Urban Renewal’) instrument to give Flemish cities a new lease of life. The urban development programme not only constructs the necessary physical urban infrastructure, but at the same time contributes to social developments that give the city back to the people.

The exhibition Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk (‘Urban renewal is people's work’) looks back at twenty years of Stadsvernieuwing and the renaissance of the city that the instrument has brought about during that period. It also looks ahead to the next 20 years. Because the foundations of 20 years of Stadsvernieuwing, such as a 'place-based' approach and the call for innovative partnerships, are actually proving essential in light of the social urban transformation that is needed.

In this travelling exhibition, a triptych, consisting of images and objects, zooms in on different perspectives of Stadsvernieuwing: from concrete places and projects to underlying systems and instruments for urban development.

Location: C-Mine, C-Mine 10, 3600 Genk
Dates: 5 October – 19 October 2023
Opening hours: 10h00-17h00
Free access

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Inauguration School Street – Rue de Flandre
20. Sep 2023
Inauguration School Street – Rue des Riches Claires

By improving the air quality around schools and making the area a pleasant and safer place, we are creating a city that offers a better quality of life. Developing low-traffic School Streets and Districts literally and figuratively creates more breathing space for Brussels schoolchildren. Together with Citytools and Filter Café Filtré, we are supervising the implementation of a network of low-traffic School Streets and Districts throughout its territory, on behalf of the City of Brussels.

On 20 September 2023 we will open a new School Street in Rue de Flandre, in the Brussels Pentagon. You are invited for the inauguration of this School Street with a free session of morning exercise by Adnane and breakfast. Everybody is welcome: school pupils, parents, teachers, neighbours, passers-by and anyone else who is interested. In the afternoon, Cirq provides spectacle, and additional entertainment is provided.

The inauguration is free to visit

Location: At the entrance of Maria Boodschap school, Rue de Flandre 155, 1000 Brussels

Program:
8:00h Breakfast
8:30h Morning exercise with Adnane
8:45u Official inauguration of the School Street
12:00h Cirq theatre

More info about School Streets

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Inauguration School Street – Rue des Riches Claires
11. Sep 2023
First test with School environments in Rue de Flandres

By improving the air quality around schools and making the area a pleasant and safer place, we are creating a city that offers a better quality of life. Developing low-traffic School Streets and Districts literally and figuratively creates more breathing space for Brussels schoolchildren. Together with Citytools and Filter Café Filtré, we are supervising the implementation of a network of low-traffic School Streets and Districts throughout its territory, on behalf of the City of Brussels.

On 11 September 2023 we will open a new School Street in Rue des Riches Claires, in the Brussels Pentagon. You are invited for the inauguration of this School Street with a free session of morning exercise by Adnane and breakfast. Everybody is welcome: school pupils, parents, teachers, neighbours, passers-by and anyone else who is interested. 

The inauguration is free to visit

Location: At the entrance of Atheneum Léon Lepage, Rue des Riches Claires 30, 1000 Brussels 

Program
8:00u Morning exercise with Adnane 
8:20u Official inauguration of the School Street 

More info about School Streets 

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Exhibition ‘Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk’ – Oudenaarde
30. Jun 2023 – 11. Jul 2023
Exhibition ‘Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk’ – Oudenaarde

Twenty years ago, Flanders developed the Stadsvernieuwing (‘Urban Renewal’) instrument to give Flemish cities a new lease of life. The urban development programme not only constructs the necessary physical urban infrastructure, but at the same time contributes to social developments that give the city back to the people.

The exhibition Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk (‘Urban renewal is people's work’) looks back at twenty years of Stadsvernieuwing and the renaissance of the city that the instrument has brought about during that period. It also looks ahead to the next 20 years. Because the foundations of 20 years of Stadsvernieuwing, such as a 'place-based' approach and the call for innovative partnerships, are actually proving essential in light of the social urban transformation that is needed.

In this travelling exhibition, a triptych, consisting of images and objects, zooms in on different perspectives of Stadsvernieuwing: from concrete places and projects to underlying systems and instruments for urban development.

In June and July 2023 the exhibition will be on display in Oudenaarde, which is also part of the exhibition with their Urban Renewal project in the Scheldekop. The exhibition will be on view for eleven days, in the chapel of the former Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe hospital.

In October 2023 the exhibition will travel to C-Mine in Genk.

Location: Chapel Onze-Lieve-Vrouwehospitaal, Sint Walburgastraat, 9700 Oudenaarde

Dates: 30 June – 11 July (except 3, 4 and 10 July)

Opening hours: 14h00-18h00

Free access

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Brussels2030 Summer Assembly: Towards inclusive transitions
29. Jun 2023
Brussels2030 - open call city makers

Brussels wants to become European Cultural Capital in 2030. The candidature is currently in full preparation. From 28 June to 2 July Brussels2030 is organising the second edition of their Summer Assembly. During these days, the preparations will be disrupted to mobilise as many Brussels inhabitants as possible in the preparations towards 2030.

Brussels2030 is organisation the Summer Assembly together with many partners: Brussels Academy, weKONEKT.brussels, VUB, ULB, BSI, RAB-BKO, Les Halles de Schaarbeek, Maison Des Arts, GC De Kriekelaar and also Architecture Workroom Brussels.

We help design the programme on Thursday 29 June, focusing on transitions and inclusivity. How can we have transitions land in an inclusive way in concrete places in the city? We will bring together different perspectives on ‘city making’ from inside and outside of Brussels, to inspire Brussels city makers. How can we think past societal transitions as abstract goals? How can we use our imagination to envision transitions through concrete and inclusive places in the city, looking beyond what is conceivable today? We will explore those questions on 29 June.

In the morning there will be a plenary session ‘Building bridges for a sustainable and inclusive Brussels: navigating urban transitions and transformations’. It exists of an inspiring keynote and two conversations between urban practitioners and young organisations experimenting on the terrain.

In the afternoon we will organise the cocreation workshop ‘Building Blocks for Future Places’, in which the future places of Brussels2030 will exchange with other city makers from Brussels and beyond. Together we will think of the building blocks that are needed when working on future places.

In preparing the candidature of Brussels as European Cultural Capital, Architecture Workroom Brussels is supporting the explorations of seven future places. Future places are concrete areas in the city, in which coalitions of existing actors are working together on a transition driven and inclusive transformation of their local environment. The network of future places will be the breeding ground, context and playground for Brussel as a Cultural Capital in 2030.

The exact programme for the plenary session as well as the cocreation workshop will be published in the course of June.

Location: Les Halles de Schaarbeek, Koninklijke Sinte-Mariastraat 22 a, 1030 Schaarbee

Language: English

Programme:
10h00-13h00: ‘Building bridges for a sustainable and inclusive Brussels: navigating urban transitions and transformations’

14h00-17h00: ‘Building Blocks for Future Places’

The full programme of the Summer Assembly can be found on the website of Brussels2030.

Participation is free, but please register here.

More about the trajectory with Brussels citymakers

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Tuin van Eten – Harvest Festival
11. Jun 2023
Tuin van Eten Tivolitafel, 30 April 2022. Photo: Raymond Mallentjer

In 2017 theatre collective ARSENAAL/LAZARUS and city museum Hof van Busleyden initiated the art project ‘De Grond der Dingen’ (‘The Ground of Things’), to address the local civil democracy of Mechelen. What would inhabitants of Mechelen do for the local society if they would all get one square meter of the city? The past years De Grond der Dingen has assembled over 200 ideas, working on a shared future for a shared soil in Mechelen.

The cluster ‘Tuin van Eten’ (‘Garden of Food’) used the Tivoli Park as laboratory for ideas around food and inclusion. Local inhabitants, adolescents and children, the Tivoli Park team, experts, city services, and artists together transformed the park into a new shared space. Here, arts and culture have become a driving force of democratic urban development.

On Sunday 11 June we will celebrate all initiatives in the Tivoli Park during a Harvest Festival. Artists Jelle Annie Michiels and Chloé Dierckx will present their art interventions in the park, you can follow sports and baking workshops, and even a convention for baking and oven construction will take place. A walking tour through the park will thread it all together. We will look back on Tuin van Eten and will dream about what could still happen in the future of the Tivoli Park.

Tuin van Eten is a collaboration by ARSENAAL/LAZARUS and Erfgoedcel Mechelen, with Architecture Workroom Brussels, RADAR Mechelen, city services, local inhabitants, and participants of De Grond der Dingen. The project was partly funded by the Flemish government.

Date: 11 June 2023
Time: 14h00-18h00
Location: Tivoli Park, Mechelen

The Harvest Festival is free to visit.

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Living and designing with water – Expedition Herk & Mombeek + Nocturne Z33
8. Jun 2023
Juul Prinsen - Water Expeditions © Z33

Join our expedition in the landscape of the Herk & Mombeek and visit the nocturne of Z33 afterwards!

On 8 June 2023 Architecture Workroom is organising an expedition in the surroundings of the Herk & Mombeek, together with the ‘Bekkensecretary’ of the Demer and Regional Landscapes Haspengouw. We will learn from local actors who are realising sponge landscape measures on farmlands, orchards, meadows, and villages in open space. Afterwards, you can visit the water themed nocturne of Z33.

Expedition Herk & Mombeek
In the Herk & Mombeek area, farmers, fruit growers, castle lords, research centres, landscape managers and water managers are working to transform the landscape step by step into a sponge landscape. We will take you on an expedition along different parts of the landscape. Listen to testimonies and share thoughts about the methodologies, collaborations and design solutions that are needed to realise the transformation into a resilient water landscape.

On the programme:
- ‘Green blue veins' as connection between the built up and open space (Alken)
- Robust grass lands (region Sint-Lambrechts-Herk & Alken)
- Sponge effect on fields and fruit orchards (region Wellen)

Register (for free!)

Z33 Nocturne: Living and designing with water
The same evening, Z33 will open its doors for a water-themed nocturne, including a guided tour through their exhibition spaces, lectures, and a panel discussion.

> Guided tours
During the nocturne, museum guides will take you along the water exhibitions Healing Water, River of Rebirth, and FORMAT 2023: Water Expeditions.

> Lectures
To ensure we handle water in a more sustainable way, we must include everyone in the conversation. Three speakers will present ways of re-interpreting and re-designing the relation between water and humans. AWB’s Bram Vandemoortel will explore the case of the Herk & Mombeek, Juul Prinsen researches the possibilities of using creeks and rivers as paths and Lieven Symons will explain how the neighbourhood of Waterschei is a ‘living laboratory’.

> Panel discussion
The nocturne will be concluded with a panel discussion between Liesbeth Huybrechts (UHasselt), Jan Vanvelk (VMM), Wim Dries (Mayor Stad Genk), Wendy Francken (Vlario), moderated by Joachim Declerck (Architecture Workroom Brussels).

More information about the nocturne

Date: Thursday 8 June 2023
Language: Dutch

14h00-18h00: Expedition Herk & Mombeek
Admission: Free > sign up here
Location/Route: We will hop on a bus that will take us to four different locations, where we will go for a walk. Sturdy shoes that can get a bit dirty are recommended!
Departure: Station of Hasselt (Stationsplein 2-6, Hasselt)
Arrival: Z33 (Bonnefantenstraat 1, Hasselt)

18h00-22h00: Nocturne Z33
Admission
: The exhibitions are free to visit. The lectures are free for those who joined the expedition, otherwise it is €5 (< 26) / €10 (> 26).
Location: Z33 (Bonnefantenstraat 1, Hasselt)

 

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Conversation: Negotiating Energy by Superworld, TU Delft & AMS Institute
10. May 2023

On 10 May 2023 Superworld, TU Delft, and AMS Institute will explore the potential of community-driven retrofitting and energy as a common resource through the voices of inspiring speakers. 

NEGOTIATING ENERGY is a research project prototyping new methods of collective decision making in energy retrofitting process. The project amplifies the conventional negotiation procedure by integrating a data-driven assessment of possible renovation measures and a collectively accessible negotiation medium for non-experts into the process. Through its application in existing living communities, you will explore how it facilitates the energy transition in the built environment by proposing an intrinsically social, yet data-driven framework for collective energy retrofitting.

The event will feature inspiring speakers and provide an opportunity to explore the potential of collective decision-making processes for community-driven retrofitting. One of the speakers will be AWB collaborator Hanne Mangelschots. She will give a presentation about energy districts, based on one of the future places in our exhibition PREFIGURATIONS. She will show how the prefiguration of the imaginary energy district can be translated into tangible possibilities of creating these districts, by involving the soon to be published PED toolkit and the 100 DISTRICT PLATFORM.

Be part of the conversation and discover how we can rethink the system of retrofitting and energy as a common resource.

This is a hybrid event: it will take place in AMS Institute (Amsterdam) but can also be followed online through this linkRegister through this link.
 

Full programme:
Introduction
Inspiring speakers: exploration of alternative organizational, financial, and social scaffolding of energy as a common resource, through the lens of buildings retrofits.
Collect Your Retrofits: observation on retrofit negotiation processes and our proposition of supporting infrastructure for social dialogues
Roundtable

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VRP Masterclass 'Dehardening'
29. Mar 2023 – 13. Jun 2023
VIIO Borgloon, a2o architects. Photo: Tim Van de Velde

Flanders is among the leaders concerning paved surfaces in Europe: the hardened surface area grew from 14.2% in 2013 even further to 15.5% in 2021. As a result, we face a greater risk of flooding, insufficient water infiltration, heat problems, less CO2 storage by plants and soil, and a loss of biodiversity.

The strategic vision of the Flanders Spatial Policy Plan therefore includes strong dehardening ambitions: in open space destinations, the degree of hardened surface must be reduced by 20% by 2050 (compared to 2015). Dehardening is not a goal in itself, but it can open up a lot of possibilities, such as the restoration of nature and soil, cooling during hot summers, space for recreation and a more pleasant, healthier living environment.

We know very well how to harden our public space, but dehardening is a new practice, involving a lot of barriers. Therefore, the VRP is organising the Masterclass Dehardening, in which they will define these obstacles, draw lessons from practical examples and see what is needed for a good dehardening policy.

Architecture Workroom collaborator Emma Bierens will contribute to the masterclass from the experience we gained with many dehardening projects in Pilots Dehardening and Green-blue Networks.

Dates:
Introduction day - 29 March 2023
Masterclass - 19 April, 24 May, 13 June

Registration through this link.

NB: Membership at VRP or Breekijzer vzw is mandatory to take part in this masterclass.

More information and full program.

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AR-TUR seminar: District renovation with neighbourhood profits
23. Mar 2023
Logo AR-TUR

On Thursday 23 March AR-TUR is organising a seminar, concluding the Kempenlab Wijkrenovatie. During this day AR-TUR will research the broader importance of neighbourhood profits, such as social, spatial, landscape related or financial profits and how these can be a steering force in the management of the district in the long run.

AWB collaborator Hanne Mangelschots will give a presentation during this study day, presenting the most important insights for an energy strategy on a district level. She will share lessons from the Cities4PEDs project in which European best practices have given us insight into different approaches for energy districts, organization models, business cases and the involvement of citizens. She will add to this the experiences of Flemish cities and municipalities over simultaneously tackling challenges concerning renovation, local power generation, electrical and shared mobility, dehardening, and greening, as they have put to the fore in commencing the 100 DISTRICTS PLAFORM. How can these insights be applied to a context in smaller cities and towns, such as in the Kempen?

Later that day, Hanne will be a part of the round table conversation, next to Marie Swyzen (Team Vlaams Bouwmeester), Evi Swinnen (Timelab), and Bert Willems (Stad Turnhout). They will engage in conversation about the broader importance of neighbourhood profits.

Location: Tuinzaal in de Warande, Warandestraat 42 - 2300 Turnhout

The full program can be found here.

The study day will be held in Dutch.

This seminar is accessible to everyone interested. Tickets are available through this link.

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‘Harvest session’ – 100 WIJKEN PLATFORM
8. Mar 2023
LEKP cover

The recently launched ‘100 WIJKEN PLATFORM’ focuses on the implementation-oriented knowledge and practices that enable the necessary acceleration in energy and climate projects. How can we realise goals around greening, renewable energy, renovation, shared mobility, and water efficiently and quickly in one street, neighbourhood, or village centre? What is needed to move from separate actions and measures to a more integrated, collective approach? The ‘100 WIJKEN PLATFORM’ is part of the Local Energy and Climate Pact working platform, which is all about tackling climate ambitions locally.

A first ‘harvest session’ of the ‘100 WIJKEN PLATFORM’ will take place on 8 March. This moment offers an opportunity for sustainability and environmental officials, general managers, or project leaders that are involved, to help shape the platform's work programme.

During the harvest session, we will bring together the insights and challenges that arise when we want to realise climate and energy goals around greening, energy, mobility or water in one street, neighbourhood or village centre. How do we work together from different goals and policy domains to redesign the public domain, above and below ground? How can we finance collective renovation, and what is the role of local governments in this? How do we make room in these processes for a more active, broader, and deeper participation of residents?

This first harvest session will help identify the main practice-focused thresholds that the working platform will focus on in the coming months. In the next step, we will join forces with small to large administrations, various experts, and Flemish administrations and organisations to develop the necessary tools and breakthroughs.

Location: Blikfabriek, Krugerstraat 232, Antwerpen
Date: 8 March 2023
More information through this link

Participation is free, but registration is obligatory. Sign in through this link.

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Info session ‘Call for Brussels city makers’
21. Feb 2023
Brussels2030 - open call city makers

Brussels wants to be European Capital of Culture in 2030. To achieve this, Brussels2030 is focusing on democracy, imagination, and territory. For the latter, Brussels2030, in collaboration with Architecture Workroom and LoUIsE, wants to build a network of ‘future places' that will lay the geographical foundations for Brussels as Capital of Culture in 2030. 

Through future places, we want to let the societal transitions – in the areas of climate, ecology, social justice, sustainability, and democracy – land on an inclusive footing in concrete places. Future places are buildings, neighbourhoods, streets, squares where city makers (to be) have their roots and around which they (can) form local coalitions.  

These places will be the working area, playing field and stage for a cultural and artistic Brussels, in 2030 and beyond. Brussels2030, Architecture Workroom Brussels and LoUIsE Lab are in aspiration of a city project that concerns all inhabitants of Brussels and connects different parts of the city, from centre to periphery, from east to west.

To this end, we are looking for 'city makers' – organisations that want to make the city together – who want to engage in building a network of future places and help define the societal agendas and geography of the Brussels2030 city project. Together with the city makers, we want to work towards a strong framework for Brussels' candidacy as European Capital of Culture. 

On 21 February 2023, we will organise two information sessions, open to all interested city makers. We will introduce the Brussels2030 team, explain the call in more detail and create a setting in which interested city makers can have a first conversation with each other, around potential future places.  

Location: La Cambre Horta (Eugène Flageyplein 19, 1050 Elsene)

Date: 21 February 2023

Time:
info session 1: 15h00-17h00
info session 2: 19h00-21h00

Register via this link

More info on the open call can be found here.   

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Presenting Cities4PEDs @ DUT conference in Copenhagen
30. Jan 2023 – 31. Jan 2023
Cities4PEDs, Stockholm Deep Dive, June 2022

Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) are a crucial step in making our cities climate neutral and at the same time improve living qualities and local co-ownership. Cities4PEDs, a two-year research project coordinated by Architecture Workroom, that is part of Joint Project Initiatives (JPI) Urban Europe, is at its final stage. In the trajectory, the cities of Brussels, Vienna and Stockholm have collaborated with experts in research, innovation, and citizen participation. They jointly investigate how cities can adapt and use their planning and implementation instruments in light of ambitious urban (re)developments at the scale of the district. 

On 30 and 31 January 2023 Cities4PEDs will travel to Copenhagen to pass on the testimony to the new generation of PED pilot projects that are about to start. JPI Urban Europe organises a two-day conference to which all international consortia and partners involved in the two JPI Urban Europe funded PED calls are invited. The aim of this conference is to enhance the mutual exchange between practices and to further explore the impact of PED projects in our European cities.  

How can we define a step-by-step process for PED development? How can we set the right objectives? How can we finance district (re)development? How can we create the right enabling environment? Questions like these we have tried to explore during two years of Cities4PEDs. We will present the results and lessons learned from this two-year research journey and bring some relevant arguments into the discussion to be taken up by the next generations of PED projects that are about to start.

AWB collaborator and Cities4PEDs project coordinator Hanne Mangelschots will present the Cities4PEDs project and learnings on the first day and moderate the session on 'Comprehensive refurbishment'.

PED Guide 
The results of two years of Cities4PEDs will be bundled in a guide for Positive Energy Districts, titled "POWERING THE ENERGY TRANSITION AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL, a practical guide for local initiators”. We are currently in the final sprint and are looking forward to the publication of the PED Guide in spring 2023. 

Subscribe to our newsletter and follow our social media to be the first to know when the PED Guide is available for pre-order. 

Part of the conference, amongst which our presentation on Cities4PEDs, will be available to be followed online – join us via this link.  

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Exhibition 'Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk'
30. Jan 2023 – 2. Feb 2023
Exhibition 'Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk'

Twenty years ago, Flanders developed the Stadsvernieuwing (‘Urban Renewal’) instrument to give Flemish cities a new lease of life. The urban development programme not only constructs the necessary physical urban infrastructure, but at the same time contributes to social developments that give the city back to the people.

The exhibition Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk (‘Urban renewal is people's work’) looks back at twenty years of Stadsvernieuwing and the renaissance of the city that the instrument has brought about during that period. It also looks ahead to the next 20 years. Because the foundations of 20 years of Stadsvernieuwing, such as a 'place-based' approach and the call for innovative partnerships, are actually proving essential in light of the social urban transformation that is needed. In this travelling exhibition, a triptych, consisting of images and objects, zooms in on different perspectives of Stadsvernieuwing: from concrete places and projects to underlying systems and instruments for urban development.

The next stop will be the Herman Teirlinck building in Brussels, where the exhibition will be on display for one week, in the context of the launch of the Flemish government’s new program on ‘Urban renewal in Flanders’.

On Tuesday 31 January Lene De Vrieze and Alice Devenyns of the curator team will guide you through the complete exhibition.

On Wednesday 1 February the exhibition will serve as a backdrop for the launch of the ‘New approach to Flemish urban renewal’ by the Flemish government.

Location: Herman Teirlinck building, Havenlaan 88, 1000 Brussels

Dates: Monday 30 January – Thursday 2 February
Hours: 9h00-19h30

Free entrance

Guided tour
: Tuesday 31 January, 18h30-19h30 – Dutch and English
Sign up for the guided tour

Launch ‘New approach to Flemish urban renewal’: Wednesday 1 February, 9h00
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Symposium Water+Land+Scape 1.0
24. Jan 2023
The fourteen coalitions of Water+Land+Scape 1.0

Climate change increasingly confronts us with floods and longer periods of drought. Agriculture is heavily suffering from this. Concrete actions in the field are urgently needed. That is why, in 2017, the Open Space Platform partners launched a call for the Water + Land + Scape program. 

The program aims to map the urgent needs for water management in agricultural areas and, together with synergetic coalitions of farmers, water managers, landowners, nature associations and local authorities, find suitable solutions that entail a win-win for healthy agriculture, a sustainable water system and a robust landscape.

On 24 January 2023 we will organise a symposium in which the first fourteen local coalitions (Water+Land+Scape 1.0) will present what they have realised. Additionally, we will look into the future of Water+Land+Scape. The program will include a series of interactive poster presentations about the projects that were realised so far and a panel conversation on the topic of Water+Land+Scape and the future of climate adaptation in Flanders.

The event is freely accessible for everyone with an interest in projects with a pro-active approach on the field of water, agriculture, and landscape.

Location: Hendrik Conscience building, Koning Albert II-Laan 15, 1210 Sint-Joost-ten-Node
Date: 24 January 2023
Time: 9h00-17h00

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City Deal Public Space – Atelier
8. Dec 2022
Previous Atelier for City Deal Public Space, 19 May 2022

On 8 December 2022 Architecture Workroom Brussels will organise an atelier in Utrecht, as part of City Deal Public Space.

During these ateliers, the eleven participating municipalities and six development teams exchange insights and ideas. In each atelier we build a new layer for the new integrated approach for managing and designing public space in The Netherlands.

In the session of 8 december, we will focus on connecting the dots between research and practice: we will concretise the new approach for public space, by working with narratives and roles, based on experiences that municipalities already have. What if, as a municipal manager, you are tasked with building a heat network, but this goes at the expense of trees? As an urban programme manager, how will you prioritise between 120 projects and schedule them over a 20-year period? How does a neighbourhood manager try to link the spatial and social tasks in the neighbourhood? By means of practical cases like these we will distil the common thread from the work that has been done the past months.

The day will start with an explanation on the greening challenge within our host city Utrecht (by Anouk Teuns, Manager Healthy Living Environment), an introduction by the ‘Atelier Master’ crew and a series of pitches by the development teams about their progress. In working sessions, we will go further into four narratives, based on the practical cases. The day will be concluded with a city walk through Utrecht, in which we will see one of the cases with our own eyes: the municipality completely redesigned the Maasplein in Rivierenwijk, together with parents, pupils and inhabitants. The conclusions of the atelier will be translated into a plan of action.

Date: 8 December 2022
Location: Vechtclub XL, Utrecht (The Netherlands)

The Atelier is for participants of City Deal Public Space.

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Conversations on PREFIGURATIONS: Land Positions
5. Dec 2022
Photo: Bee Fly

Due to unforeseen circumstances this session has been postponed to Monday 5 December 2022.

A conversation on PREFIGURATIONS

hosted by Griet Celen x The Great Transformation

 

Are we collectively investing in affordable land for climate proof agriculture – and can alternative housing models and urban developments inspire us?

 

Griet Celen and The Great Transformation will depart from the farmers’ search for affordable land. In a first round of discussions, we will dive deeper into alternative development models that are featured in PREFIGURATIONS, such as the Community Land Trust principle or cooperative entrepreneurship. Together with a group of experts working in the field of residential and agricultural development we will explore how various forms of ownership, design, management and usage of land can be instrumentalised for more accessible, affordable food lands – taking into regard the reciprocity between public, private and civil actors. 

 

The second round will bring together actors in different societal fields to assemble a scalable collaboration model and land strategy, serving as leverage for the acceleration of agricultural transition. 

Location: Pachecolaan 34 (1st floor), 1000 Brussels

Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm

Language: NL

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Lecture: How to be both – 'Viewing the city from eye level'
29. Nov 2022
Lecture: LOCI – How to be both – 'Viewing the city from eye level'

In their series of lectures ‘How to be both – Architecture and its pluralities’, LOCI (International Masters of Architecture at UCLouvain) explores the versality of architectural research.

AWB’s Roeland Dudal and Alice Devenyns will give the next lecture in this series on 29 November 2022, titled ‘La ville à hauteur des yeux’ (translation: ‘Viewing the city from eye level’).

They will compare two projects that both reflect a different approach to architecture research. ‘Productive city’ on the one hand shows how cartography can be a tool to define opportunities the city has from eye height, as a way of correctly formulating questions. On the other hand, ‘A BORD Manchester Site’ uses ethnographic methods to stimulate a co-creation process, mapping the cultural needs for the area surrounding the Brussels Manchester site.

What is the importance of (also) viewing the city from an eye level? And in which ways do the different research methods complement each other? ‘La ville à hauteur des yeux’ attempts to answer questions like these.

Date and time: 29 November 2022, 19:00h

Location: UCLouvain / LOCI Brussels, Rue Henri Wafelaerts 47/51, 1060 Saint-Gilles, Brussels

Language: French

Free entrance

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'Weerbaar Waterland’ at VRP World Urban Planning Day
24. Nov 2022
Systematic approach for a resilient waterland (from report: ‘Weerbaar Waterland’)

Water is no longer just relevant to the 'water sector', but increasingly to architects, urban planners and spatial planners. The ways in which we plan, design and build have a major impact on our water system.

How do we make more space for water? This year's VRP World Urban Planning Day, on 24 November 2022, will focus on that question.  

AWB is bringing a bag filled with the most important water insights of recent years to this World Day. In the morning, Joachim Declerck will use the advice from the report ‘Weerbaar Waterland' as fertile ground for a water debate. The report calls for action on all sites simultaneously: from main watercourses to the smallest capillaries, with great attention to all possible buffering and infiltration methods in cities, villages and sponge landscapes.  

In the afternoon, the session 'Rivers as an area-based task' builds further on the experience built up within Water-Land-Schap and the Brussels Water Plan is dealt with in the partial session 'Water in the city and in the municipality'. 

Location: Depart / Nelson Mandelaplein 18 / Kortrijk 

€115 for VRP members
€185 for non-members
€25 for students 

More info and schedule: https://www.vrp.be/activiteit/werelddag-van-de-stedenbouw-2022-2 

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City walk – Building Blocks for Future Places – Kanaalzone Zuid
23. Oct 2022
Photo: Bob Van Mol

Last year during ArchiWeek we walked through the north of the Brussels pentagon, this year we head to the southwest. There, too, the old industrial districts are in the midst of change. A series of projects focuses on the necessary rearrangement of the urban physical and social space and makes visible the transformations the city is undergoing along the canal. The old industrial fabric is giving way to new socio-economic activities. We take you along these Future Places, places that lay the seeds for better housing, working, and living together in the city.

 

We start the walk at Anderlecht’s slaughterhouse, Abattoir, where the master plan for the redevelopment of the site is in full swing with an urban farm on the roof of a new market hall. We then cross the Heyvaert neighbourhood past the Circularium and Ninoofsepoort Park, across the canal. Along the way, we pass several inspiring and innovative initiatives. Atelier Groot Eiland, for example, uses the edible city as a lever for employment, with a vegetable garden under the newly renovated Brunfaut tower. The walk ends at MolenWest square, a brownfield site temporarily appropriated by local associations and youth. 

 

The walk takes place on Sunday 23 October 2022 as part of ArchiWeek and The Great Transformation 2020-2030.

Start: 14:00h at Abattoir (Ropsy Chaudronstraat 24, 1070 Anderlecht)

End: 17:00h at MolenWest square (Alphonse Vandenpeereboomstraat 193, 1080 Sint-Jans-Molenbeek)

Language: alternately French/Dutch

Guided by: Roeland Dudal (Architecture Workroom Brussels)

Cost: free of charge 

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Online workshop: Positive Energy Districts
20. Oct 2022
JPI PEDs Deep Dive - September 2022

Are you developing Positive Energy Districts (PED)? Are you working on neighbourhoods’ regeneration to decarbonise buildings and improve quality of life? Join this workshop to discuss the methodology developed by the Cities4PEDs’ partners to make sure to ask yourselves the key questions at the adequate time. This is key to ensure progress along a too-often complicated journey.

For two years, the cities of Brussels, Vienna and Stockholm have been collaborating with experts from research, innovation and citizen participation. They jointly investigate how cities can adapt and use planning tools and engagement instruments so that urban development results in neighbourhoods that produce more energy than they consume. Architecture Workroom is coordinator of the international consortium, being responsible for the day-to-day management of the research project and for facilitating knowledge exchange between the three cities and their partners.

A Cities4PEDs Deep Dive in September used Vienna as a case study to develop a methodology for PED development. During this interactive workshop, you will learn how the methodology has been applied in Vienna and you will share your approach for your own city. In addition, considerations for further work on PED development will be debated.

Online workshop
Free attendance
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Conversations on PREFIGURATIONS: The art of assemblage
20. Oct 2022
Photo: Stijn Bollaert

A conversation on PREFIGURATIONS

hosted by Guy Gypens x De Grote Verbouwing

 

What role do art and artists play in bringing and keeping together societal actors enhancing the ecological transition?

 

How do art and culture contribute to the formation of narratives that are able to take people along in the transition of their living environments? The ‘prefigurations’ in this exhibition arrange existing architectural projects into new compositions. In a similar way, some artists try to create prefigurations in their artistic practice, giving us an idea of what could be. The acceleration and enlargement of transitions is then not based on planning logics, but on narratives and imagination.   

 

Guy Gypens and The Great Transformation will invite several collectives who each function as artistic storytellers in the interplay between transition, sustainability and inclusion. Together we will explore how artistic practices can help to advance transitions.

Location: Pachecolaan 34 (1st floor), 1000 Brussels

Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm

Language: EN

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IABR 2022 - Looking back to the Future
14. Oct 2022
IABR 2022

As part of IT’S ABOUT TIME and in honor of the anniversary edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, IABR is organizing the event Looking Back to the Future: 20 years of IABR. During this both festive and substantive event, they will ask former curators to reflect on the sustainability and topicality of the themes of their previous biennales. Are the themes and topics of that time dated, changed or still as topical as ever? Do other times and insights or changed contexts affect the meaning and value of the original theme? And how relevant are the answers and insights offered at the time today?

In addition to several former curators, the event will also feature representatives of the younger generation of designers and thinkers. They, too, will discuss the results and current relevance of the various themes. During this program, previous IABR themes will be updated and a discussion of their relevance in a changed context and perspective will be initiated.

As part of the program, Joachim Declerck (AWB) will moderate a panel: ‘How can the IABR develop over the next 20 years?’ including Elma van Boxtel (cocurator Making City, 2012), Michiel van Iersel (cocurator The Next Economy, 2016), Thijs van Spaandonck (cocurator Whose Energy Is It, Anyway? 2021/2022), Veronique Patteeuw (cocurator It’s About Time, 2022).

Date: 14th of October 2022
Time: 9:30am-6:00pm
Location: Keilezaal, Rotterdam (NL)

Entrance: 15 euros
Language: Dutch

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Soil forum
13. Oct 2022
Soil forum

How can we take good care of our soils again? What does soil care mean? And in which ways does it reach further than the plots in which the soil is situated? The programme of Grond+Zaken will combine knowledge, policy and practice. 

On the program: drawing on testimonies about pioneering soil care projects, getting our hands in the soil ourselves and thinking about how we can make taking good care of our soils the norm, rather than an exception. 

Architecture Workroom Brussels and GroenLab lead the program of Grond+Zaken, as part of the Open Space Platform. 

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Conversations on PREFIGURATIONS: Beyond building
12. Oct 2022
Photo: Olmo Peeters

A conversation on PREFIGURATIONS

hosted by Timelab Academy x The Great Transformation

 

To whom is affordable space in the city still accessible – and how is this influenced by the way we use and share space?
 

How can we provide affordable workspace in the city for users like artists, socio-cultural associations, starting companies, youth organisations or citizen collectives? To develop long-term perspectives, equal and balanced collaborations are needed between various, sometimes very diverse, actors. Timelab Academy and The Great Transformation invite you to play an interactive game about the force fields between governments, construction and real estate sectors and initiatives by artists and citizens in their search for space. We will go back and forth between profit and non-profit, private and public, formal and informal.

 

During this session we will take a closer look at several projects in the exhibition, including the Arsenaalsite (Ghent) and Molenwest (Brussels). The game ‘Three is a crowd, a conversation starter for bridging differences’, developed by Kunstenpunt and Timelab Academy, will invite participants from different backgrounds and with different purposes to co-create a tangible and collective spatial project.

 

Location: Pachecolaan 34 (1st floor), 1000 Brussels

Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm

Language: EN

Please register

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Cities Day 2022
29. Sep 2022
Day of the City

The Spoorzone in Tilburg is this year's 'home base' for the sixth Cities Day on Thursday 29 September. This edition, the theme is to strive for equal opportunities for all. How can we ensure that all residents, including 1 million vulnerable people in the Netherlands, can participate in the city? And how can the major physical challenges in the city, such as the shortage on the housing market or the energy transition, contribute to this?

As part of the City Deal Public Space, AWB will organise a number of working sessions within the packed programme of excursions, lectures and interactive sessions put together by the City of Tilburg.

Location: various locations in the Spoorzone, Tilburg (NL)

Accessible by registration: https://app.azavista.com/w/event/62835d957ddcf900122900c4/?page_id=631a3d2340e913001343311d

More information: https://www.dedagvandestad.nl/ 

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CIW Water forum – Working together against drought
22. Sep 2022
CIW Water forum – Working together against drought

The summer of 2022 has once again confirmed the big challenge we are facing in terms of climate change. How can we, as society, better arm ourselves and become more resilient to the increasing consequences of drought? And what role do research and innovation have in this? This will be the topic of the CIW Water forum on Thursday September 22nd 2022. 

Architecture Workroom’s Joachim Declerck will take part in the morning programme, in which international experts will gather around the table for a fruitful conversation. He will join within the context of the expert panel on flood protection, which has recently published the ‘Resilient Wetland’-report. 

In the afternoon, Emma Bierens, research collaborator at Architecture Workroom, will present the water atlas 'Werken aan Water – Atlas van waterprojecten voor een Vlaams sponslandschap'. This atlas was made within the framework of an expert assignment concerning water issues for the Environment Department, Flemish Government. The atlas shows different types of integrated water projects, based on existing initiatives, going from the individual scale to broad area coalitions, each contributing in turn to a sponge landscape. Concludingly, it has become clear that we cannot solve water challenges such as floods, drought, water quality and erosion only with the water actors, but that it is a broad societal task to which everyone must contribute.

Date: September 22nd 2022
Time: 9:30-17:00h
Location: Campus Aula UGent, Voldersstraat 9, 9000 Gent
Participants: Toutes les personnes impliquées dans la politique proactive de la sécheresse en Flandre 
Sign up
: https://www.integraalwaterbeleid.be/nl/studiedagen/ciw-waterforum-2022-samen-sterk-tegen-droogte  


 

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Mobility Week: Festive opening School quarter
21. Sep 2022
School street in the Dageraadstraat

The starting point of a liveable city should be to guarantee the health and safety of the most vulnerable people: school-age children. That is why, together with Citytools and Filter Café Filtré, we are supervising the implementation of low-traffic School Quarters in various places in Brussels on behalf of the City of Brussels. During this year's Mobility Week (16-22 September) we will celebrate the opening of one of the School Quarters, which was developed as part of Good Move Pentagon.

On the 16th of August 2022 a new circulation plan was introduced for the city center of Brussels. This new circulation plan is the local implementation of Good Move, the mobility plan of the Brussels Capital Region. The City of Brussels wants to make your neighborhood more accessible, pleasant and safe for all modes of transport (walking, cycling, public transport or driving). 

Several educational institutions are situated around the Kanonstraat/ rue du Canon and Broekstraat/rue du Marais. As part of the new circulation plan vehicular traffic will be limited in these streets. Two traffic-free schoolyards ensure more breathing room for pupils and students. The quarter will be designed as a low-traffic School quarter, which will be healthy for students, increase the air quality and make the area surrounding the school-gates much calmer and safer. 

On Wednesday the 21st of September there will be an opening celebration of the School quarter for students, parents, teachers, neighbors and passersby. During their school day, pupils will be taught more about air quality as well as pedestrian-proof public space and how low-traffic school streets can improve this. After the school day several alder·wo·men will officially inaugurate the School quarter. A one-off festive and playful celebration with circus and dance workshops on the low-traffic schoolyards will conclude the day.  

The inauguration day grants the possibility to students, pedestrians and cyclists to re-appropriate this new public space.  

As a part of Good Move two inaugurations of low-traffic School quarters in the Brussels Pentagon will follow in autumn: in the Rijksklarenstraat/rue des Riches-Claires and Vlaamsesteenweg/rue de Flandre. Additionally, we are working on low-traffic School quarters outside of the Pentagon: in the Tivoli neighbourhood as well as the Triangel neighbourhood we are currently looking into the development of School quarters. Two School streets will be realised in Dageraadstraat/rue de l’Aurore (autumn 2022) and Keizerkarelstraat/rue Charles-Quint (2023). 

This celebration day is commissioned by Stad Brussel/Ville de Bruxelles, in collaboration with Gatti de Gamond, Goodplanet, Les Chercheurs d’air and Theather la montagne magique. 

Festive opening, open to everyone

Date: Wednesday 21st of September
Time: 12.30pm
Location: Broekstraat 65/65 Rue du Marais, outside

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Exhibition: Prefigurations
10. Jun 2022 – 23. Oct 2022

Today, the practice of (landscape) architecture is facing a paradox. On the one hand, the architectural practice of the Eurodelta is under the spotlight for its exemplary commissioning, sharp architectural criticism, and innovative design. On the other hand, the way in which we continue to build, take up more space, harden surfaces and consume materials and energy conflicts with the ambitious climate, circularity, and solidarity goals we have set ourselves as a society. The changes that our energy, water or food systems face are pivotal, and will need to take place in every building, neighbourhood, and public space. The design competences we possess in-house will have to refocus on embedding very abstract transition-related tasks in our everyday living environment. 

Therefore, The Great Transformation 2020-2030 is launching Prefigurations: an exhibition on Architecture and Transitions. Together with a group of designers, consultants, economists, sociologists, public administration experts, cultural actors, transition experts and policy makers, an agenda of ten 'Future Places' was drawn up. These are ground-breaking projects that will need to be multiplied in the coming ten years if we want to realize the ambitious goals we set.  

As a cultural innovation house for the social and the spatial transformation of our living environment, Architecture Workroom Brussels has launched a call for projects in the past few months. 40 concrete architectural projects have been selected for this exhibition by a selection committee. The showcased architectural projects disclose the seeds for the necessary social and spatial transitions which can be translated in different Future Places in our streets, neighbourhoods, cities, and landscapes.  

The exhibition takes place in a former call centre in the Avenue Pacheco at the North-South junction in Brussels. The building is currently used by architecture and design firms, start-ups, an artists' collective and the research group of an architecture school - an ecosystem in which the exhibition settles as a workshop for practice innovation.  

PREFIGURATIONS x ArchiWeek Brussels

In the final week of the exhibition, during ArchiWeek Brussels, PREFIGURATIONS will be open every day from Tuesday 18 October until Sunday 23 October.

Opening hours PREFIGURATIONS
> Saturday 15 October + Tuesday 18 October until Sunday 23 October
> 2pm – 7pm

Guided tours
> Saturday 15 October & Sunday 22 October
> 2.30pm – 4pm
> Book a guided tour
> Do you want to organise a guided tour on a specific moment in the final week, will you be coming with a big group, or do you have a question? Don’t hesitate to contact us through info@degroteverbouwing.eu.  

Location: Pachecolaan 34, 1000 Brussels, 1st floor 

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Dates: 9 June to 13 July and from 20 August to 23 October 2022, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2pm to 7pm.

Book your guided tour or via info@degroteverbouwing.eu  

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Regiopolitan Rumble Conference, keynote by Joachim Declerck
20. May 2022

The Regiopolitan Rumble Conference explores the challenges and potential of the regiopolis, the little brother of the metropolis, but more fragmented and with unclear boundaries where the city starts and ends. A fit example of such a region – of which many exist in Europe – is the Parkstad region in the south of the Netherlands.

 

Since 2014 IBA Parkstad has been working to strengthen the structure of the Parkstad region. During the conference the results will be presented and explored by bike. Also, what future opportunities does the regiopolis offer with regard to climate change and biodiversity. Other planning formats, such as for example Cultural Capital, will present their experiences and approaches for this type of regions. The conference will be concluded with a dialogue on further development of these regions in Europe and in Parkstad in particular. Get ready to rumble and connect with professionals in the field!

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Atelierdag City Deal Openbare Ruimte
19. May 2022
Atelier Day City Deal Openbare Ruimte

On 19 May 2022, Architecture Workroom Brussels, in its capacity as ‘Atelier Master’ of the City Deal Openbare Ruimte in the Netherlands, will be organising an Atelier Day in Amersfoort. This day will be entirely devoted to the exchange of insights and ideas on a new integrated approach tot he management and design of public space.  

 

The Atelier Day will is an in-between moment to share results, ambitions but also bottlenecks towards an integrated approach of our public space: therefore, we will connect the six development teams, working on sub-themes (policy development, urban programming, integrated implementation, urban investment and business case, data-driven management and regulation), with practice-based examples from the 11 participating municipalities.  

 

The Atelier Day starts with a market session where the development teams will be the central focus. During the second half of the day, the practical cases will be the starting point from which we will brainstorm around four themes (vital systems, decision-making framework, role of the neighbourhood manager, cost-benefit analysis) where the connection between these cases and the development teams will be made. To conclude, we will be inspired by refreshing insights from 'bicycle professor' Marco te Brömmelstroet.  

The Atelier Day is open to all participants in the City Deal Public Space.  

Date: May 19, 9:30PM to 6PM

Location: De Observant (Amersfoort, NL) 

More information: www.citydealopenbareruimte.nl

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Stadsform x Flanders Circular - How do we combine affordable and circular living?
11. May 2022

The current supply of housing - rental and owner-occupied - is less and less in line with the changing needs of our society. Economically, the pressure on affordability is increasing. Ecologically, there is a growing scarcity of space and materials. Socially, we see a changing and ageing population in inappropriate housing. 

 

On this evening, public, private and civil actors share their perspectives and possible answers to this challenge. Among other avenues, we will explore the potential of a cooperative housing model that seeks to combine the best of renting and buying. In this model, residents enjoy housing quality, housing security, a non-speculative housing cost, control and capital accumulation in exchange for purchasing shares and renting from themselves. 

Now that housing cooperatives have proven their potential worldwide and interest among citizens and governments is growing in Flanders, the question arises: how do we scale up this model to become a successful alternative to buying and renting in our housing market? How do we finance this model? How do we make this housing model circular? How do we integrate cooperative living in the housing vision of cities and towns?

 

Speakers

- Bart Somers (Vice-Minister-President of the Flemish Government and Flemish Minister for Home Affairs, Administration, Integration and Equal Opportunities & Mayor of the City of Mechelen)
- Danny Stas (Deloitte Real Estate Industry Leader)
- Catherine Vangilbergen (Van Roey)
- Stefaan Keirse (Head of Housing Department of Knokke-Heist)
- Joachim Declerck (Director Architecture Workroom Brussels)
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Organisation

This event was organised by Stadsform in cooperation with Vlaanderen Circulair within the framework of Green Deal Circulair Bouwen  and the research project CESCO XL within the Proeftuin Circulair bouwen of Vlaanderen Circulair.

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Opening night travelling exhibition ‘Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk’
28. Apr 2022

Twenty years ago, Flanders created the instrument Stadsvernieuwing (Urban Renewal), with the aim of breathing new life into cities and reversing the urban exodus. The exhibition 'Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk' (Urban Renewal is People’s Work) portrays twenty years of operation. Through the lens of photographer Bas Bogaerts, we perceive the ‘Stadstaferelen’ (Urban Scenes) that local partnerships have realised with the support of Flanders. The ‘Transformatieportretten’ (Transformation Portraits) reveal the work behind these complex processes of change, as a series of short films realised by Bertrand Lafontaine. Finally, the ‘Hoekstenen’ (Cornerstones) focus on the fundamental principles of the instrument of Urban Renewal, which in light of the current challenges appear more relevant than ever.

 

An initiative of Flemish Deputy Minister-President Bart Somers and Team Stedenbeleid (Home Affairs Agency). As innovation house for transformation, Architecture Workroom Brussels was appointed to compose and realise the exhibition, in partnership with Public Space (editing), Vormen (scenography) and Sara Thewissen (design).

 

The exhibition will open its doors for the first time on 28 April at Lamot, Mechelen. On that day, 'Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk' will be open to the public from 5pm to 8pm.   

 

The opening is linked to the research day ‘Stadsvernieuwing & Stedelijkheid 2002 -2022 - 2042'. Afterwards, the exhibition will travel through Flanders: it will stop in different cities and provide the framework for a programme of urban debates.  

Date: April 28, 5PM to 8PM

Location: Lamot Congrescentrum (Mechelen)

Research day ‘Stadsvernieuwing & Stedelijkheid 2002 -2022 - 2042'

Exhibition in Dutch only

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Energy Cities Forum 2022
21. Apr 2022
Energy Cities Forum 2022

Cities are increasingly exploring the possibility of creating Positive Energy Districts (PED). Within the framework of the Energy Cities Forum 2022, Architecture Workroom Brussels, as part of the Cities4PEDs project, has been invited to bring in insights to a specific working session focusing on three frequent issues encountered on path toward PEDs: What are the urban planning instruments that cities can mobilize? Which governance models exist to drive urban transformation? And what are the criteria to monitor and evaluate PED development?

 

Together the Cities4PEDs project, insights from the DecarbCityPipes 2050 and RESPONSE will serve as the basis for lively discussions in smaller groups.

 

Find the full program here.

Date: April 21, 15h00 - 16h30

Location: KBR MUSEUM, Brussels

Register here, before the 8th of April

 

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Open Ruimte Dag
25. Mar 2022
Walk through the Haspengouw landscape. Photo: Mettekoven, Visit Limburg

On 25 March 2022, we will travel to Limburg to gather with the entire Open Space 'family'. Together we will explore the open space in Haspengouw and enter into dialogue with each other along the meandering Herk river, the agricultural activities of the fruit farmers and the village centre of Mettekoven. This way we immerse ourselves in the experiences of local coalitions from the different programmes of the Open Space Platform. While walking, we reflect on common stumbling blocks, offer each other solutions and think of next steps.

Open working session

Subscriptions 

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Energy Lunch Talk 4 - Activation of developers & institutional building owners for PED
9. Mar 2022
Stockholm Royal Sea Port. Photo: City of Stockholm

Cities4PEDs, a two-year research project funded by JPI Urban Europe, organises a series of Energy Lunch Talks with the goal to learn and further discuss specific and relevant questions to investigate Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) aspects and implementation strategies.

 

This lunch talk will focus on the methods (apart from financial support) that cities can provide to activate developers to realize PEDs. Secondary (and an outlook to): What does a capacity development program look like in a district with a heterogeneous ownership structure (not only developers but also private homeowners)?

 

This lunch talk is part of a broader program: Every Wednesday, from 13.00 to 14.00 (CET), from the 16th of February to the 16th of March, we will discuss a series of key topics related to positive energy districts. Join us to contribute and get insights from the cities of Brussels, Stockholm, Vienna and many more!

 

Programme

  • 13:00 – Introduction
  • 13:10 – Learning from Stockholm: capacity building with private developers.
  • 13:25 – Learning from Graz: TRANS-PED project (tbc)
  • 13:40 – Open discussion

Location: online - register here

Time: 13h00 - 14h00 

Language: English 

More info

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Energy Lunch Talk 3 - Urban planning instruments to support PED implementation
2. Mar 2022
Aspern Seestadt Vienna. Photo: City of Vienna

Cities4PEDs, a two-year research project funded by JPI Urban Europe, organises a series of Energy Lunch Talks with the goal to learn and further discuss specific and relevant questions to investigate Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) aspects and implementation strategies

 

This talk will explore the different urban planning instruments supporting and accelerating PEDs implementation and district transformation.

 

This lunch talk is part of a broader program: Every Wednesday, from 13.00 to 14.00 (CET), from the 16th of February to the 16th of March, we will discuss a series of key topics related to positive energy districts. Join us to contribute and get insights from the cities of Brussels, Stockholm, Vienna and many more!

 

Programme

  • 13:00 – Introduction
  • 13:10 – Learning from Vienna: Energy Zoning as urban planning instrument accelerating decarbonisation. Presentation by Stefan Sattler, City of Vienna – Energy planning department.
  • 13:25 – Learning from Aberdeen: local heat planning and “heat networks zones” (tbc)
  • 13:40 – Open discussion

Location: online - register here

Time: 13h00 - 14h00 

Language: English 

More info 

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Energy Lunch Talk 2 - Instruments for collective renovation of the built environment
23. Feb 2022
Northern District Brussels

Cities4PEDs, a two-year research project funded by JPI Urban Europe, organises a series of Energy Lunch Talks with the goal to learn and further discuss specific and relevant questions to investigate Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) aspects and implementation strategies.

 

This talk will look into how the renovation of existing districts can be accelerated. How do we move from the renovation/retrofitting of singular (private) houses one by one to a collective approach (e‧g. additional subsidies, renovation coaches, energy houses, one-stop-shop or other support schemes)? By bringing in examples from within and outside our own cities, an evaluation will be made of (collective) renovation schemes that worked or not, and especially what are the next steps to be explored on this level.

 

This lunch talk is part of a broader program. Every Wednesday, from 13.00 to 14.00 (CET), from the 16th of February to the 16th of March, we will discuss a series of key topics related to positive energy districts. Join us to contribute and get insights from the cities of Brussels, Stockholm, Vienna and many more! 

 

Programme 

  • 13:00 – Introduction
  • 13:10 – Learning from Brussels: collective renovation for district development and social inclusions
  • 13:25 – Learning from Vienna: City instrument “Block Renovation” to accelerate the renovation of existing districts. Presentation by wohnfonds_wien.
  • 13:40 – Open discussion

Location: online - register here

Time: 13h00 - 14h00 

Language: English 

More info 

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Energy Lunch Talk 1 - Energy communities as accelerator for PED development
16. Feb 2022
Foyer Laekenois social housing block, Northern District Brussels. Photo: Bob van Mol

Cities4PEDs, a two-year research project funded by JPI Urban Europe, organises a series of Energy Lunch Talks with the goal to learn and further discuss specific and relevant questions to investigate Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) aspects and implementation strategies.

 

This talk, will investigate if and how energy communities support the development of PEDs. How are energy communities already realised in Vienna and Brussels (legal and organisational background)? Which effects are achieved, what are the struggles and how can they be overcome? Who is taking the initiative? What are the conditions connected to electrical and/or thermal energy communities?

 

This first lunch talk is part of a broader program. Every Wednesday, from 13.00 to 14.00 (CET), from the 16th of February to the 16th of March, we will discuss a series of key topics related to positive energy districts. Join us to contribute and get insights from the cities of Brussels, Stockholm, Vienna and many more!  

 

Programme: 

  • 13:00 – Introduction 
  • 13:10 - Learning from Brussels: co-ownership and citizens engagement for the appropriation of the district transition. Presentation by City Mine(d) with Chloé Verlinden & Orson Dubois
  • 13:25 - Learning from Valencia: towards 100 energy communities by 2030. Presentation by Alejandro Gómez Gil, Valencia Climate and Energy Foundation. 
  • 13:40 – Open discussion

Location: online - register here

Time: 13h00 - 14h00 

Language: English 

More info 

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Atelier "Beherend Ontwerpen, Ontwerpend Beheren"
31. Jan 2022
Discussion board Reyeroord and Hofbogenpark, 2021, Architecture Workroom Brussels

Under the motto 'beherend ontwerpen is ontwerpend beheren', the Urban Management department is setting up a trajectory to work more efficiently at both the management and the design level and to arrive at Urban Management 2.0. The programme team 7 City Projects is organising several theme sessions aimed at sharing the common themes between Urban Management and Urban Development. On 13 December 2021, a first pick-up session with Urban Management around the management tasks of the 7 City Projects took place and on 20 December 2021, a second workshop took place with Urban Management and Urban Development within the framework of the "Vernieuwingsopgave Reyeroord: Beherend Ontwerpen, Ontwerpend Beheren", under the guidance of Architecture Workroom Brussels. The upcoming workshop day on 31 January 2022 is a follow-up to the pick-up session in December. We will steer towards developing a methodology for internal learning between Urban Management and Urban Development.

Closed working session

More info here!

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Everybody = Guide
21. Jan 2022
©Arsenaal/Lazarus

What if every Malinois were given 1 m2 of land to work on the future of the city? That is the starting point of De Grond der Dingen! Working on food and inclusion soon emerged as one of the clusters to focus on further. Recently, AWB has been participating in the project to jointly reshape the square meters of Mechelen into a true 'Gardens Of Food'. In that context, Bram and Els, in collaboration with Arsenaal/Lazarus, Erfgoedcel Mechelen and RADAR Mechelen launched the 'Everyone = Guide Walk' in and around the Tivoli Park, where cluster submitters, city services and local residents explore the region and exchange experiences. Over the next year and a half, we will all work together on this!

Location: Tivolipark, Mechelen

By invitation only 

More information here and here!

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Webinar on climate adaptation of public space (VMM)
20. Jan 2022
© Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij

The climate is changing, and this change causes a lot of challenges, also on a local level. During a webinar organised by VMM, Joachim Declerck talks to other experts about the climate proofing of public space. What are the climate problems in public space? What can we do in urban areas and what is possible in rural areas? What challenges can we expect in the creation of green blue ribbons? Follow the webinar here

Time: 14h00-15h00 

Language: Dutch 

Follow the webinar here

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Livestream #5: The Great Transformation of Brussels - Practices of Change
22. Nov 2021
Zinneke, Ouest - Rotor, Brussels, 2020 © Delphine Mathy

Brussels currently has an innovative civil society with many initiatives that, in collaboration with public and private actors, can add up to the greatest transformation project of the European capital.They are practices that respond to the necessary transitions of our living environment in order to provide spatial translations to the social changes. If we set up a multitude of projects simultaneously, we can achieve an unprecedented acceleration. To support these local organisations, we need new space for collaboration and innovations in urban policy: a visionary framework for the multiplication of these initiatives. Policies develop the frameworks to accelerate and properly land social transitions. Practices of change help to build good solutions to shape these challenges. In a public conversation on November 22, we will jointly discover the opportunities and bottlenecks experienced by different innovative practices. We will open the conversation with national and international policymakers and discuss how policies can give these initiatives a boost so that they do not remain the undercurrent but become the mainstream. The insights will be presented to the authorised State Secretary of the Brussels Capital Region, Pascal Smet.

 

We kick off the evening with an inspiring lecture by Panos Mantziaras on the programme Luxembourg in Transition in which designers and policy makers work on spatial visions for the climate-neutral and resilient future of Luxembourg. During the evening, we explore what Brussels can learn from policy instruments that are used in Luxembourg to work on transition issues. And we will dive deeper into the Brussels context with speakers connected to local organisations working on fundamental transformations as a new type of urban civil society: Sofie Van Bruystegem (City Mine(d)), Dimitri Crespin (Brusseau), Maarten Roels (Terre-en-vue) and Myriam Stoffen (Zinneke).

 

We will then draw lessons and talk about the valorisation of the workings of the innovative practices in the setting of a salon discussion with Pascal Smet, Panos Mantziaras (director Fondation Braillard Architectes and scientific director Luxembourg in Transition) and Katrien Rycken (director Leuven 2030). How are different actors and inhabitants collaborating on the city of the future and what can different cities learn from each other? How do we work together on the great transformation of Brussels?

 

The conversation is moderated by Architecture Workroom Brussels and takes place on the ground floor of Pachecolaan 34, Brussels.

Participation via the livestream: www.degroteverbouwing.eu

Date: Monday 22 November 

Time: 18h00-21h00 

Language: English 

Location: Pachecolaan 34, 1000 Brussel 

Livestream: soon available on www.degroteverbouwing.eu

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Towards more Food Land #2
21. Nov 2021
The Great Transformation Foodland walkshop, 2021, Anderlecht, Photo: Bob Van Mol

Both local demand and international objectives are at the root of a desired evolution towards shorter food chains. More local food requires more 'Land for Food'. At the same time, the available space for agriculture is under severe pressure due to urbanisation, nature development but also the consequences of climate change such as droughts and floods. The agricultural land around the city is shrinking rapidly, just where demand is highest. Can we turn the tide and create more space for local food production? With whom can we work towards more Food Land? What new types of projects will emerge if we think of the city (periphery) in terms of food issues? And how can citizens themselves contribute to this challenge?

 

A textbook example for these questions is the green Neerpede, the largest rural area in the Brussels Region. That’s where our walk takes place, our search for good examples that directly or indirectly contribute to more Food Land. We start at the entrance of the Vogelenzangvallei and take you along the experimental fields of BoerenBruxselPaysans, we cross the Vogelzang nature reserve and traverse the Brussels-Flanders border on Herdeweg-Kouter. Then we return along Erasmus Hospital and end at the Kattekasteel, future hub for urban food projects. 

Start: 14h at Sports centre Vogelenzang, Rue Chant d'Oiseaux/Vogelenzangstraat 130/132, 1070 Anderlecht  

Stop: 17h at the Vogelenzang sports centre

Guides: Bram Vandemoortel (NL) and Lene De Vrieze (FR)

Distance: 4-5 km

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World Urban Planning Day 2021
18. Nov 2021
VRP World Urban Planning Day 2021

'Plough. Agriculture and spatial planning: a new team?' VRP is organising the 2021 edition of the World Urban Planning Day around this question, a conference for spatial planners with various lectures and working sessions. Many of the projects in which Architecture Workroom Brussels is involved will be included in the programme, such as the Open Space Platform, the inspiring series of stories entitled 'Soil Carers in View' and the quest for agroecological urbanism within 'Urbanising in Place'. Interested? Register, especially for the sessions 'SOD: Soil Oriented Development. The soil as a basis for choices' and 'Food landscape'. 

 

Programme:

09.30 | Plenary morning
13.45 | Sub sessions 
15.25 | Keynote (plenary): Gebrand Naeff (NL) - Vision today, reap the fruits tomorrow. 
15.50 | Plenary afternoon 

Location of event: 
Cultuurcentrum Ter Vesten, Gravenplein 32, Beveren-Waas 

Entrance: 
€ 100 (members) | € 165 (non-members) | € 20 (students-members) | € 35 (student/non-member) 

More info: here

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Urbanistic Projects Seminar: new generational paths
2. Nov 2021

On November 2, Ward Verbakel (Plusoffice) and Joachim Declerck are invited to participate in the seminar on ‘Urbanistic Projects: new generational paths’. A seminar series on emerging design practices and culture in European cities. 

 

This series of seminars documents a journey through the discipline of urbanism intended as a reflexive practice. The focus of the investigation is the project and the different forms and manifestations it has taken on, moving between two extremes: the identification of the elements of continuity that can cross time, guaranteeing stability and recognisability to the discipline, and those, on the other hand, that are shaping the new that is on the march. 

 

This series of seminars aims at revealing issues, tools and alliances that shape the design process of different EU territories, investigating emerging themes and questions of societal relevance that are orienting the urbanistic practice or that promoting new conceptual frames and practices, thus building a fertile ground for new concepts; analysing images, concepts, models, strategies, and materials that urbanistic projects uses to understand, describe, interpret conceptualise and design the new reality of cities and territories; examining the role of forces conditioning the urbanistic projects from an institutional, economic, and cultural point of view. 

 

The overarching theme has been delimited in a loose manner with the aim to preserve the kaleidoscopic nature of the Urbanistic Project. As a journey, this series is open to the unexpected and available to fascination. Although not rigidly programmed, this journey is structured around three key elements. 

 

The first one is intimately related to the conception of urbanism as a reflexive practice in which the ways of knowing are linked to the ways of designing in a constant interaction between praxis and theory. For this reason, the seminars are organized as a dialogue between a scholar and a practitioner (office) whose activity focuses on the same EU territory. 

 

The second element includes the desire to investigate the paths opened in the last decade in professional practice, investigating the condition of urbanistic projects in the contemporary world. Even the most fundamental principles must be regularly adjusted and adapted to changing circumstances, and we seem to live in a moment in time in which the redefinition of debate in the public realm is a topic of remarkable importance. For these reasons, the practitioners selected for this journey represent young offices, mainly founded less than 10 years ago, which have already achieved international recognition by winning relevant competitions or awards, but which have not yet indulged in the self-referentiality that often characterises the most acclaimed international groups. 

 

The last element explains the presence of the plural in the title of the event. In contemporary practices, projects of different scales and ambitions are showing potential synergies between the consolidated disciplines of architecture, landscape and urban planning. These synergies have promoted different urban paradigms in different contexts, which have produced new disciplines in their own right. Urban Design, Regional Design, Landscape Urbanism, Ecological urbanism, Landscape Infrastructure, Territorial Project today share the same unstable and hybrid ground in the process of city-making and territorial design. 

 

The aim of this series is not to define a new movement or establish a renewed understanding of the urbanistic discipline, but to document the existence of this shared and plural ground, preserving the different gazes and paths that characterise it. Each seminar, therefore, proposes a specific complementary combination of researcher and designer in order to account for the different nuances of the urbanistic discipline in each particular context. 

 

This seminar will be held in English. 

Location of event: online
Watch via link

More info here!

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Brieven aan de Stad - 04
20. Oct 2021
Lecture: Brieven aan de Stad 04

How can we generate an innovative, generous urban culture in Bruges through new collaborations, the sharing of dreams and the smart use of space? The lecture series ‘Brieven aan de Stad’ ('Letters to the City') provides positive impulses, plans and incentives for the City of Bruges, its policies, residents, organizations, admirers and makers.

 

For this fourth edition, Architectuuratelier Dertien12 is moving to the Garenmarkt and more specifically the sports hall of the Sint-Andreasinstituut, where the new BRUSK exhibition hall will be built by the end of 2024. In this setting, Flemming Overgaard (Keingart, DK), Els Vervloesem (Architecture Workroom Brussels), Jan Beddegenoodts (Cameltown) and Elviere Velghe (Musea Brugge) will talk about the letter they wrote about their ideas for the city.

Location: Sport hall Sint-Andreasinstituut Garenmarkt, Brugge

More info via this link

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Climate event by Durabrik and Camino Group
18. Oct 2021
Climate event by Durabrik & Camino Group, October 18, 2021

In times of climate change, there is a need for a concrete vision on building. How can we live? And how are we going to build? During the climate event of Durabrik & Camino Group, Joachim Declerck is invited, together with other experts, to look for answers to these questions. Joachim will explain how we can build future-proof infrastructure. More than a new plan, we need a 'Big Transformation' between now and 2030. If we can connect the existing insights and various social forces, we will realise a series of strategic sites in our streets, neighbourhoods, landscapes, industrial areas and harbours between now and 2030. We talk about energy districts, circular port areas, mobipoints, living streets, caring neighbourhoods, learning and making hubs, food parks, ...

 

The language of this meeting is Dutch.

 

Programme

 

17:30: Reception with finger food

18:00: Welcome by VRT climate and Africa expert Stijn Vercruysse.

18:10: Tom Prinzie about heat grids as a sustainable alternative.

18:20: Joris Haems, director Ecopuur, about all the latest innovations of energy techniques

18:30: 3 Start-ups pitch their idea about circular building

19u00: Joachim Declerck (Architecture Workroom Brussels) explains how we can build future proof infrastructure

19:20: Urban planner Peggy Toté about the mindshift in housing and real estate

19:40: Closing speech by Joost Callens, CEO Camino

19:50: Networking reception

Location: ZwartWit, Ottergemsesteenweg Zuid 802, 9000 Ghent.

Time: 17:30-20:00

Register (until 12/10) 

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Thematic walk: Future Places
17. Oct 2021
Walking Workshop, 2021, Brussels Northern District. Photo: Bob Van Mol

The Brussels Northern Quarter is not a district. Hardly anyone lives there, it does not have a centre, it is full of offices and the public space could be improved. Almost sixty years ago, plans were made to modernise the district. Fifty years ago, the first office buildings were completed. Today, many of those buildings are dilapidated and the 'district' faces a transition. What it will be, we do not know. But we can dream.

This walk will take you through the Northern Quarter, its history and backgrounds and above all, its future. What if it became a real neighbourhood, with a station square, with Food Land, Energy Neighbourhoods, Learning and Making Hubs, and green and blue ribbons that give the neighbourhood a face?  Who knows, maybe people would want to stay there?

 

A walk by Brukselbinnenstebuiten in collaboration with Architecture Workroom Brussels in the context of Archiweek.

 

The walk takes place on Sunday 17 October 2021 in the framework of Archiweek and Slow Ways Weekend and is part of The Great Transformation 2020-2030.

Start: 14h, Bolivarlaan, at the bottom of the stairs of the North Station (CCN)

End: 17h30, Masui Square, near Zinneke

Guide: Bert De Bisschop (Brukselbinnenstebuiten)

Language: Dutch

Cost: free of charge

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Open Air Schools
16. Oct 2021
Open Air Schools, Beaudoin and Lods, 1957. Suresnes, Paris.

Between June 2021 and November 2021, Filter Café Filtré Atelier and Architecture Workroom Brussels will carry out a design research project called 'Open Air Schools' within the framework of the project call for ‘sensibility or the competition on contemporary architecture and cultural heritage’ from Urban.Brussels. Within this research, we investigate how the theme 'health' can have an impact on the architecture of the school building and its immediate surroundings.

 

Within the broader research of Filter Café Filtré Atelier that reflects on healthy and liveable cities on different scales, this research concerns the smallest scale: How can healthy school buildings become links in a healthy city?

 

The recent health crisis has brought the importance of health and a healthy environment back into focus. At the beginning of the 20th century, infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, influenza and cholera also prompted a rethink of school buildings and the way education is carried out. The questions of those days are strikingly similar to those of today. In contrast, the urban context (the 'open air schools' of those days were located outside the city) and the climate challenges are totally different. 

 

Starting from health topics such as air quality, exercise, nutrition, noise, etc., we examine how schools today and in the Brussels context can become healthy places to learn.

 

Do we ventilate the classrooms or do we prefer to keep the bad air outside?
How can the school building and the school street encourage physical activity?
How can the school provide healthy food for each child, knowing that their diet has a health impact on their later life?How can outdoor education be designed?
How can urban pupils become aware of where the food on their plates comes from?
How can school become the starting point for going out into the city and into nature? And how to bring nature into the school?
...

 

In this participatory workshop, we take a close look at the schools around the Moutstraat and see how the 'open air schools' of the early 20th century can inspire today's city schools.

 

The results of the workshop will be implemented in an illustrated publication in which the gained knowledge of the research can inspire other schools and cities.

Location: Moutstraat 22, 1000 Brussels 

Date: Saturday 16 October

Time: 10-13h

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Building Blocks for Future Places
16. Oct 2021
Walking workshop Energy, 2021, Brussels Northern District. Photo: Bob Van Mol

The districts to the north of the Brussels Pentagon are in a state of flux. And not for the first time. This part of the city has undergone a huge transformation since the 1970s, which unfortunately did not bring with it the urban life that was hoped for. Rising numbers of vacant properties in the office blocks of Noordwijk forced developers to come up with new plans. They want to turn the district into one that is multifunctional and sustainable. But there is also a lot going on in the districts around Brussels Manhattan. We take you along these Future-oriented Places: places that aim to serve as a lever for a better way to live, work and co-exist in the city. 

 

We start the walk in the Zinneke workshops, a new Learning and Making Hub and District motor in the Masuiwijk. We traverse the district via the Zennepark and cross the canal via the Redersbrug, passing inspiring initiatives and meaningful nodes where the history and future of the Noordwijk and the Canal Zone come together. The walk ends in Picardstraat, where citizens have taken the future of the street into their own hands. There, we will join the opening of a photo exhibition about the activities of the citizens' collective in the Barmacie, a temporary meeting place for local residents.

 

The walk takes place on Saturday 16 October 2021 as part of ArchiWeek and Slow Ways Weekend and is part of The Great Transformation 2020-2030.

Start: 14h at the workshops of Zinneke (Masuiplein 13, Schaarbeek)  

End: 18h at the Barmacie (Boulevard du Jubilé, Molenbeek-Saint-Jean) 

Language: alternating between French and Dutch  

Cost: free of charge  

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Towards more Food Land
14. Oct 2021
Walking workshop Foodland, 2021, Neerpede (Anderlecht). Photo: Bob Van Mol

Both local demand and international objectives are at the root of a desired evolution towards shorter food chains. More local food requires more 'Land for Food'. At the same time, the available space for agriculture is under severe pressure due to urbanisation, nature development but also the consequences of climate change such as droughts and floods. The agricultural land around the city is shrinking rapidly, just where demand is highest. Can we turn the tide and create more space for local food production? With whom can we work towards more Food Land? What new types of projects will emerge if we think of the city (periphery) in terms of food issues? And how can citizens themselves contribute to this challenge?

 

A textbook example for these questions is the green Neerpede, the largest rural area in the Brussels Region. That’s where our walk takes place, our search for good examples that directly or indirectly contribute to more Food Land. We start at the entrance of the Vogelenzangvallei and take you along the experimental fields of BoerenBruxselPaysans, we cross the Vogelzang nature reserve and traverse the Brussels-Flanders border on Herdeweg-Kouter. Then we return along Erasmus Hospital and end at the Kattekasteel, future hub for urban food projects. 

 

The walk will take place on Thursday 14 October 2021 and is part of The Great Transformation 2020-2030 in collaboration with Archiweek (Urban.Brussels).

Start: 14h at Sports Centre Vogelenzang

Stop: 17h at the Vogelenzang sports centre

Distance: 4-5 km

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An energy transition for everyone
13. Oct 2021
Walking workshop Energy, 2021, Brussels Northern District. Photo: Bob Van Mol

 

The switch to sustainable (renewable) energy is crucial. Over the past decade, we have installed numerous solar panels, developed new technologies for hyper-efficient buildings, adapted companies to make the transition to more sustainable policies, and made the transition from gas and other fossil fuels to more sustainable alternatives wherever possible. But how do we transform existing districts, and how do we do it fast enough? Can we achieve this objective collectively? And how can we ensure that this transition becomes an inclusive story, in a way that offers everyone the opportunity to participate? Also in the more vulnerable districts?

 

Can a task such as energy transition be achieved in a district such as Noordwijk? Which is often not perceived as a single homogeneous district, but as several, with a diversity of characteristics. We take you on a walk through this small part of Brussels, where ambitious plans are projected bottom-up as well as top-down. There are opportunities for exchanging energy, and energy could be the lever to provide a solution to current issues and trends in the district. 

 

We start the walk at the North station, a place that marks the start of urban life in Noordwijk. We will cross the various neighbourhoods (CCN, Manhattan, Maximiliaan, Lakense Haard, Citroën, Béco- and Vergotedok, Masui, etc.) and pass by initiatives such as ZIN, Foyer Laekenois, Pôle Nord, Zennepark and Zinneke,... each of which contributes to Noordwijk’s story from its own perspective, with Energy as the common denominator. 

 

The walk will take place on Wednesday 13 October 2021 and is part of The Great Transformation 2020-2030 in collaboration with Archiweek (Urban.Brussels). 

Start: 14h at the entrance of the North Station (Brussels)

End: 17h at Zinneke (Masuiplein 13, Schaarbeek)

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JPI Cities4PEDs Local Deep Dive
5. Oct 2021
Cities4PEDs (Local Deep Dive, Cities4PEDs project, October 2021)

The ‘Local Deep Dive’, four days of working originally planned to take place in Stockholm, present an opportunity to sit together physically, debate and go in depth on certain topics with the whole consortium. It’s a joint moment to present the working documents and the steps we took to the consortium and reflect on upcoming workpackages. AWB together with UIV will present work on the ‘Atlas’ and the ‘Montages’. The Atlas is a first working document showing the outcome of seven interviews with leading cases, the montages, depicting generalised strategies, and the recurring PED relevant aspects that emerge from them. The Fachhochschule Technikum Wien (University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien) and CityMine(d) will present their work on defining the definition looked at respectively via a technical and social perspective. Finally, 3E, the City of Vienna and CityMine(d) will kick-off their respective workpackages. In the afternoon each team will have local workshops in their city building on the presentations in the morning.

Closed working session

More info here and here!

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Hong Kong Horizontal Metropolis: A Paradigm Shift - Territory session
25. Sep 2021
Hong Kong Horizontal Metropolis - webinar

On September 25, Joachim Declerck will present and take part as panellist at the webinar series for the exhibition ‘Hong Kong Horizontal Metropolis: A Paradigm Shift’: an international exhibition and a forum between urbanism and urbanization. The exhibition aims to document life within the “Horizontal Metropolis”, discussing underway landscape transformations through theoretically grounded interdisciplinary approaches, combining spatial analysis, case studies, and research by design. It refers to a layered territorial construction where rich cultural history, green economic activities and new modes of communication create original ties. 

 

The webinar series is covering one of the three main themes: Radical Ecologies, Symbiotic Urbanism, and Territory. Joachim was asked to speak in the Territory session to share his experiences in the field of urban sustainability and socially integrative cities from a European perspective. The session explores the conceptual and spatial notion of territory either as the mental construct that influences its processes of creation and erasure or as multi-layered support for understanding its contemporary urban dimensions and environmental and biotic entanglements. 

Location: Zoom
Join the webinar here

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Urbanising in Place – Why Brussels can be a front-runner of Urban Agroecology
10. Sep 2021
The Great Transformation Foodland walkshop, 2021, Anderlecht, Photo: Bob Van Mol

The quest to an ‘agroecological urbanism’ continues! In the framework of Urbanising in Place, we are invited to contribute to the 4th edition of the “Summer School of Urban Agriculture and Sustainable Food in Brussels”. Warmed up by a walkshop through the Vogelenzang Valley on Wedsnesday, we are ready for the bilingual (NL/FR) working session of September 10: “Agroecological Transition: obstacle or lever to reconnect city and hinterland?”. To set the tone, we start with an introductory presentation on the possible new relations between the city and the hinterland. Three producers from Brussels, Wallonia and Flanders share their experience and reflections, before we dive into a discussion with a wider panel of actors. What are the differences between the three regions? What is made possible in terms of access to land, market, skills and knowledge? The day is closed by an open forum reflecting back on the entire Summer School.

 

with a.o. Brecht Goussey (Boer&Compagnie), Maarten Dieryck (Atelier Groot-Eiland), Laurence Lewalle (Réseau GASAP), Jan Pille (Brussels Environment), Lucas Vandenabeele (Graannetwerk Pajottenland) and Barbara Trachte (Secretary of State of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for Economic Transition and Scientific Research)

Location: Anderlecht

Register for the Summer School (full or day pass) here

More info here!

with a.o. Brecht Goussey (Boer&Compagnie), Maarten Dieryck (Atelier Groot-Eiland), Laurence Lewalle (Réseau GASAP), Jan Pille (Brussels Environment), Lucas Vandenabeele (Graannetwerk Pajottenland) and Barbara Trachte (Secretary of State of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for Economic Transition and Scientific Research)

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Urbanising in Place - Walkshop in the Vogelenzang Valley
8. Sep 2021
The Great Transformation Foodland walkshop, 2021, Anderlecht, Photo: Bob Van Mol

The quest to an ‘agroecological urbanism’ continues! In the framework of Urbanising in Place, we are invited to contribute to the 4th edition of the “Summer School of Urban Agriculture and Sustainable Food in Brussels”. In a walkshop in the afternoon of Wednesday September 8, through the Vogelenzang Valley, we explore places that inspire us to find opportunities in the conflicts between agroecological farming and urban development. We end the 5km walk with a festive drink and a Farmer’s Market on the Test-Site in Anderlecht. As such, we are warmed up for the bilingual (NL/FR) working session of September 10: “Agroecological Transition: obstacle or lever to reconnect city and hinterland?”.

Location: Anderlecht

Register for the Summer School (full or day pass) here

More info here!

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Practices of Change
26. Jun 2021
Zinneke, Ouest – Rotor, Brussels, 2020 (c) Delphine Mathy

In the framework of the special issue A+287 Practices of Change, A+ Architecture in Belgium and Architecture Workroom Brussels invite you to a guided walk along some of the projects in Brussels published in this issue. The walk will take place on Saturday afternoon, 26 June 2021.

 

Roeland Dudal of AWB will take you along a few 'future places' in the north of Brussels: places with the ambitious aim of being a lever for living, working and living together differently in the city. Places that respond to the necessary transformations of our living environment in order to make room for social change.

 

We start the walk in Zinneke, the new meeting and creation place in the Masui neighbourhood, with a word of explanation by the architects of Rotor. We will pass by the Materials Village of Tetra architects and the Production Hall of BC Materials on Thurn & Taxis, and end in Picardstraat where a new summer street is being prepared.

 

After the walk we invite you for a drink at the Kunstberg in the centre of Brussels. Editor-in-chief Lisa De Visscher will be the first to talk about the recently opened Across exhibition by A+ Architecture in Belgium.

Saturday 26 June 2021


Start 14h in Zinneke (Masuiplein 13, Schaarbeek)
Ends around 17h in Picardstraat (Molenbeek-Saint-Jean)

In French/Dutch/English
Price: 10 euros, including guided tour, a copy of A+287 (EN) and a drink afterwards at the Kunstberg

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The Horizon Atelier
28. Jan 2021
In the Horizon-Atelier, Filter Café Filtré Atelier and Architecture Workroom Brussels draw a long-term perspective "beyond zero" for road safety in Brussels.

The Horizon Atelier is the culmination of a series of events on road safety in Brussels, organised by Heroes for Zero, BRAL and Filter Café Filtré Atelier, in collaboration with Architecture Workroom Brussels. The series of events runs in parallel with Brussels Mobility workshops in preparation for the drafting of the Brussels Government's new Road Safety Action Plan 2021-2030. 


The aim of the Other Atelier is to take the debate on road safety out of the 'formal' context of the planning process and bring it to where it matters: the street. 

 

2040 is the first point on the horizon. Which city do we want to live in at that time? What does that city look like and how does it function? It is a city where Vision Zero has been achieved, of course. But it is also a city where everyone, both children and the elderly, can move around safely and actively. It is a city where sustainable mobility is the norm. It is a city with a high quality of life and living where hustle and bustle, noise, unhealthy air, traffic insecurity, lack of greenery or meeting space are a thing of the past. In other words, it is a relaxing place for everyone to live and move around.  

 

Through backcasting, priorities can be derived for 2035, 2030 and 2025. These images have the power to convince what will become possible if certain measures are taken for the Brussels-Capital Region, which provides road safety from a "Beyond Zero" perspective, which also provides resilience to climate change, social cohesion, and so on. 

 

With the support of Brussels Mobility.

Location: Anspachlaan 65
For an overview of all activities and possibilities for registration:
The Other Atelier Facebook pageWebsite 

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Launch A+287 Practices of Change
19. Jan 2021
A+287 Practices of Change

On 19 January 2021, A+ Architecture in Belgium and Architecture Workroom Brussels will present the latest special edition of the magazine: A+287 Practices of Change. Lisa De Visscher (A+), Roeland Dudal and Joachim Declerck (AWB), Maarten Gielen (Rotor), Tim Devos (Endeavour) and Veronique Patteeuw (ENSAP Lille, EPFL, KULeuven, OASE) will discuss the theme of the practice of change. The debate will be streamed live from Stadsform in Antwerp on Facebook at 8pm.

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Sports in the city: Call to action - design walk
28. Nov 2020
Sport in the City: Call to action - design walk

On Saturday 28 November between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Architecture Workroom Brussels and Filter Café Filtré Atelier are organising a walking workshop on "Sport in the City" with the support of Brussels Mobility.

 

Outdoor sports are more necessary than ever in the current health crisis, but traffic insecurity, inappropriate surfaces, air pollution or fragmented and poor sports infrastructure make sports in the city centre not easy.

 

During the walking workshop "Sport in the City" we will therefore look for solutions to do sport and exercise in the city. Starting from a predetermined walking route of 5 km in the Vijfhoek, we will look for ways to plug playgrounds or yoga fields, a fit-o-meter, a skate street, basketball courts or other sports infrastructure for young and old into the route. We are also looking at how the course can generate spatial qualities for the city.

 

While walking and brainstorming, we come up with design proposals. The results will then be processed and announced in the spring during a running competition for centre schools in Brussels (if corona permits).

 

The walk takes place in the open air and is completely corona-proof. Together we walk in small groups and respect the necessary distance by means of an audio guide system. Please bring a mouth mask, smartphone and headphones. If you do not have them yourself, we can provide them. Please report this at your registration.

 

ADDRESS: 

10:00, start:

Maria Boodschapslyceum

Moutstraat 22

1000 Brussel

 

The number of registrations is limited !
Registration is mandatory via :
info@airforschools.eu

 

 

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The Other Atelier
25. Nov 2020
The Other Atelier is a series of events for the new Road Safety Action Plan.

The Other Atelier is a series of events 25/11/2020- 28/01/2021 on Brussels road safety organised by Heroes for Zero, BRAL and Filter Café Filtré Atelier, in collaboration with Architecture Workroom Brussels. The Other Atelier is contributing to the preparation of the Brussels Government's new Road Safety Action Plan 2021-2030. The events run in parallel with the Brussels Mobility workshops.


The aim of the Other Atelier is to take the debate on road safety out of the 'formal' context of the planning process and bring it to where it matters: the street. We invite the people of Brussels to learn from inspiring cities, observe the challenges on the ground and imagine what a safe and healthy city of the future could look like.

 

Program:

25.11.2020
Ganshoren 
08:00-10:00 Parcours > starting point: Koningin Fabiolaplein 1
Paris
20:00 Lecture > tbc:Ville du 1/4h (online)

09.12.2020
St.Gilles 
17:30-19:30 Parcours > starting point: Chaussée de Waterloo 211
Oslo
20:00 Lecture > Vision Zero (online)

 

15.12.2020
Evere
08:00-10:00 Parcours > starting point: Gemoedsrustlaan 21
 

17.12.2020
Berlin
20:00 Lecture > Felix Weisbrich: Corona bike lanes (online)

28.01.2021
Horizon Workshop > Architecture Workroom Brussels, Anspachlaan 65


With the support of Brussels Mobility.

 

Location: Online
For an overview of all activities and possibilities for registration:
The Other Atelier Facebook pageWebsite

 

 

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More people, More future
24. Nov 2020
More people for the future: simulate the spatial challenges for the future of the spacious Ghent region yourself, IABR, the Province of East Flanders, the Environment Department, Photo: AWB

"More people, more future" is a new platform where you can simulate the future of every municipality in the spacious region around Ghent, discover their promising places and find inspiration for sustainable spatial policy choices. This is necessary to accommodate the extra 42,730 they expect by 2035.

 

On Tuesday 24 November (15-16h) we will launch this platform with an online event. Be the first to discover this platform. Don't miss it and register here...  

 

More people, more future is a product of the Province of East Flanders, IABR and AWB unites in the IABR-Atelier Oost-Vlaams Kerngebied. Via a Strategic Project, the Environment Department also contributed to this.

 

Register here

More info about "IABR Atelier Oost-Vlaams Kerngebied" here

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Book launch Fundamentals of urban design
17. Nov 2020
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: Online

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Beyond the Pentagon: the metropolitan centre of Brussels
19. Oct 2020
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

More information

 

 

 

 

 

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Ecopolis 2020: AGAIN(ST) NATURE
18. Oct 2020

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

Book this online session here

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Archiweek: guided tours in AWB's workspace.
10. Oct 2020
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).

 

Other dates :

 

Location:

Boulevard Anspach/Anspachlaan 65
1000 Bruxelles/Brussel

Reservation mandatory

More information

 

 
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EDAR Lecture Series Joachim Declerck and Filippo De Pieri
8. Oct 2020

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 2020

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

Entry by invitation only

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Inspiration session – Pentagone Sud, Brussels
21. Sep 2020

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

Program

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Delta Atelier Conference
22. Jun 2020

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 2020
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?

Free entrance

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Circular (City)Ports Online Webinars
28. Apr 2020

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 2020

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.

 

Free entrance

By Invitation only

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Open Space Platform XL
3. Mar 2020
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.

Free entrance

Location

Palais des Académies, Bruxelles

Program

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Open Studio series Take Care! – Atelier 4: Care for the neighborhood
27. Feb 2020
Stijn De Vleeschouwer (Team Vlaams Bouwmeester) about a possible second series of Pilot Projects Care focused on caring neighbourhoods, Brussels, Sien Verstraeten.

Together with representatives of various policy areas and knowledge institutions, architects, midfield, citizens and market initiatives, we will spend five afternoons discussing policy and professional approaches to better integrate care and shape it in society.  

 

During the fourth workshop, we will look more closely at the question of how the socialisation of care relates to views on the neighbourhood. What can a caring design and organisation of those neighbourhood(s), in which care is close by and accessible, contribute to our well-being?

 

In the first place, this concerns the integration of formal neighbourhood facilities, which can take the form of specific places as well as social networks. In addition, we also want to draw attention to all kinds of informal care, (temporary) help or support. How can we strengthen the social fabric in neighbourhoods? What is needed for people to remain part of society? How does this relate to places of meeting, accessibility and mobility, the proximity of basic facilities such as a bakery, a grocery shop, child care, or a hairdresser? 

 

The Take Care! atelier series is an initiative of Architecture Workroom Brussels, the City Academy (UGent/Social Work and Social Pedagogy, Architecture and Urbanism), the Department of Welfare, Public Health, Family/VIPA, KULeuven/LUCAS and the Flemish Government Architect Team.

 

PROGRAMME

13.00 Welcome

Presentations:

13.30 - 13.45 Intro

13.45 - 14.00 Pilot projects Zorg voor de Buurt ? (Stijn De Vleeschouwer, Team Flemish Architect)

14.00 - 14.15 Neighbour-oriented (primary) care (Sara Willems + Veerle Vyncke, UGent)

14.15 - 14.30 When neighbourhoods organise themselves (Chantal Vanoeteren, HumanCities)

14.30 - 14.45 Ageing in the countryside (Emma Volckaert, P.PUL, KULeuven)

14.45 - 15.00 Organisation of care and caring neighbourhoods in the city (Stefan Van Eeckhout, Zorgbedrijf Antwerpen)

15.00 - 15.15 Break

15.15 - 16.15 Work sessions

16.20 - 16.45 Conclusions

 

 

LOCATION

Architecture Workroom Brussels
Boulevard Anspach 65
1000 Brussels

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Open Studio series Take Care! – Atelier 3: Between home and institution
30. Jan 2020

Together with representatives of various policy areas and knowledge institutions, architects, midfield, citizens and market initiatives, we will spend five afternoons discussing policy and professional approaches to better integrate care and shape it in society. 


During the third workshop, we will look more closely at the question of how the socialisation of care relates to the changing demands of citizens in the course of their lives. In the workshop we discuss the dominant view in the socialisation of care that people can and should continue to live independently at home for as long as possible with the support of their natural network. This results in necessary transitions between self-reliant living at home and being transferred to residential care when there is really no other option, creating a spread between self-reliant and care-dependent citizens who are seen as a residual group. The studio focuses on the question of how the design of the living environment can continue to respond to the quality of life and make citizens feel at home with changing demands for care.


The Take Care atelier series is an initiative of Architecture Workroom Brussels, De Stadsacademie (UGent/Sociaal Werk en Sociale Pedagogiek, Architectuur en Stedenbouw), Departement Welzijn, Volksgezondheid, Gezin/VIPA, KULeuven/LUCAS and Team Vlaams Bouwmeester.

 

PROGRAM
13.00 Welcome 

Presentations:
13.30 - 13.45 Presentation from a policy perspective (Emilie Verwimp, Department Environment)
13.45 - 14.00 Presentation of the broad framework (Pascal De Decker, KULeuven)
14.00 - 14.45 Testimonials
- Caroline Beyers (Housing Department, city of Ghent)
- Rose Andries (CM Ostend)
14.45 - 15.00 Pause
15.00 - 16.15 Working sessions
16.15 - 16.45 Conclusions

LOCATION

Architecture Workroom Brussels, 
Boulevard Anspach 65
1000 Brussels

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Workshop III - Delta Atelier Management
14. Jan 2020
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 2019
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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Open Studio series Take Care! – Atelier 2: Follow the money
17. Dec 2019
Seminar-series Take Care! Invisible care as a socio-spatial assignment. An initiative of UGent, Team Vlaams Bouwmeester, VIPA and Architecture Workroom

Invisible care as a socio-spatial assignment.

Together with representatives of various policy areas and knowledge institutions, architects, midfield, citizens and market initiatives, we will spend five afternoons discussing policy and professional approaches to better integrate care and shape it in society.  

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 atelier series is an initiative of Architecture Workroom Brussels, De Stadsacademie (UGent/Sociaal Werk en Sociale Pedagogiek, Architectuur en Stedenbouw), Departement Welzijn, Volksgezondheid, Gezin/VIPA, KULeuven/LUCAS and Team Vlaams Bouwmeester.

 

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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Open Studio series Take Care! - Atelier 1: Rebalancing public and private solidarities for care
12. Dec 2019
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 various policy areas and knowledge institutions, architects, midfield, citizens and market initiatives, we will spend five afternoons discussing policy and professional approaches to better integrate care and shape it in society.  

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 atelier series is an initiative of Architecture Workroom Brussels, De Stadsacademie (UGent/Sociaal Werk en Sociale Pedagogiek, Architectuur en Stedenbouw), Departement Welzijn, Volksgezondheid, Gezin/VIPA, KULeuven/LUCAS and Team Vlaams Bouwmeester.

 

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 2019

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)

 

More info here