On Thursday November 12 the first Urban Meeting of Atelier Productive Metropolis BXL will take place in Brussels.
In a lecture by Joachim Declerck (Architecture Workroom) and a debate with a.o. Marc Brearley (Professor at Cass in Londen), Kristiaan Borret (Chief Architect Brussels Capital Region) the challenges and opportunities central to the Atelier will be explored.
More Urban Meetings will be set up in the course of the Atelier's research trajectory, and each of them will take place at a location on the border between the Brussels Capital Region and Flanders. These Urban Meetings are the culmination of a process of participatory design research and will bring designers, experts, stakeholders, policy makers and other interested parties together.
Picture: Bas Bogaerts
THURSDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2015
Time: 17hr00 – 19hr00
Location: Firma, Schaarbeeklei 636, Vilvoorde, Brussels, Belgium
No registration required.
Atelier Productive Metropolis BXL
The aim of 'Atelier Productive Metropolis BXL' is a better match between the changing economy and the organisation of space for productive activities in the capital city's metropolitan area. How can spatial quality and the urban economy reinforce one another, and who creates the productive city?
The Flemish-Brussels metropolitan region has a large number of low-skilled unemployed, while old industrial zones languish in the city and its outskirts. Atelier Productive Metropolis BXL proposes giving these old industrial sites a new lease on life by focusing on attracting innovative production activities. The city as a melting pot of knowledge and labour is seen as the ideal breeding ground, with opportunities for the Brussels Canal Zone and the adjacent industrial zones in Vilvoorde, for developing a circular economy, and for local assembly coupled with a global logistics system.
The thesis central to the research of Atelier Productive Metropolis BXL is that the foundations of the productive city of the future can be laid in the metropolitan area, while at the same time achieving social, ecological, economic and spatial gains on both sides of the regional border.
Atelier Productive Metropolis BXL is a collaboration of the IABR, Architecture Workroom (AWB) and Brussels and Flemish actors amongst which the Brussels-Capital Region,Ruimte Vlaanderen, the Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM) and the Province of Flemish Brabant.