The publication Building for Brussels. Architecture and urban transformations in Europe highlights dominant European projects that can inspire urban development in Brussels. Like many other European metropolises, Brussels faces major urban and social challenges in terms of demography, migration, urban economy, mobility and public services.




A trip through European metropolises such as Copenhagen, London, Madrid, Milan, Amsterdam and Zurich collects the positive experiences of 44 innovative urban projects. They transformed neglected areas into dynamic places with a strong economic and cultural appeal, integrate social housing in a smart way, or build tram and metro lines that once again give the city a contemporary urban identity. Both renowned and young design firms (Xaveer De Geyter, EM2N, Grafton Architects, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Lacaton & Vassal, Phalt Architekten, Bernardo Secchi and many others) show how Europe can be an inspiring laboratory for Brussels to develop new, contemporary visions for the city.




Themes: Housing, Mobility, Productive City

Year: 2011

Client: Brussels Capital Region

Partners: Alexandre Chemetoff, Christ & Gantenbein, Xaveer De Geyter, EM2N, FOA, Édouard François, Grafton Architects, Zaha Hadid, KCAP, Rem Koolhaas, Lacaton & Vassal, Jean Nouvel, Phalt Architekten, Bernardo Secchi, Peter Zumthor and many others

Design: Prem Krishnamurthy and Chris Wu, Wkshps, New York

Tags: Brussels, Europe, transformation, urbanism, urban planning, metropolis, housing shortage, public facilities, economy, mobility