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The northern periphery of Brussels, with its vacant lots, abandoned buildings and decaying infrastructure, is in need of a new framework for restructuring and redevelopment. But at the same time the current indeterminacy triggers the imagination and provides opportunities for experimentation. 

In this sinister but fascinating area in the outskirts of Brussels, the public school for architecture brussels will join City3 and the PeriFeria Festival to organise an open exercise in collective thinking about new types of urbanism for the periphery of Brussels. A moment of reflection which will take place in the abandoned factory of Renault Vilvoorde.

Four inspiring presentations, by Tom Coppens, T.OP Noordrand, Commons Josaphat, and Anderzijds, will pave the way for an open conversation.

Triggered by questions and responses of Rik Pinxten, Michiel Dehaene and Hugo Vandendriessche, the public school for architecture will organise a discussion class in which we will invite you to share information and insights.

Please join us from 1pm onwards in the former production hall of Renault Vilvoorde. Presentations start at 2pm. At 4pm we call upon you to join in the exchange of ideas, perspectives and know-how.

The Renault canteen will be open all day long.


2pm (EN)
Academic expert Tom Coppens will identify some shortcomings of the predominant discourse in urban planning and mobility. What are the essential challenges that aren’t being addressed and what corrections are necessary?

2:20pm (NL)
Wiet Vandaele, project leader of T.OP Noordrand is tasked on behalf of the Flemish Government with the development of a transversal and collective spatial vision for the area between Heizel, Vilvoorde, Zaventem and Van Praet. Illustrating the applied process and preliminary results, he will offer an idea of the planned approach for the area.

2:40pm (FR)
The citizens initiative Commons Josaphat based on self-organization and the concept of commons offers a counterpart. As their action terrain is part of the research area T.OP Noordrand focusses upon, they bring a locally relevant and citizen-run alternative into the discussion. 

3pm (NL)
Wim Van Parijs and Sophie Van Weert of CC Westrand and CC Strombeek take with their initiative Assemblee - Anderzijds, thinking about/across borders the assumption that the Flemish cultural institutions in both Brussels and the northern periphery contribute to one shared cultural space, each from their own perspective, as a starting point. They raise the question of how a cultural center should position itself within the transforming city periphery.

Antropologist and philosopher Rik Pinxten, researcher and city developer Michiel Dehaene and artistic manager Hugo Vandendriessche will set out some lines of thought and questions, based on the presentations, to trigger an inspiring public exchange.

Production hall of Renault factory Vilvoorde
Broekstraat 5, 1800 Vilvoorde
Entrance next to the Giovanni store

The presentations and discussions will take place in Dutch, French or English.

Free entrance, but please confirm attendance:

For further information email info@psfa-bxl

Organized by the the public school for architecture brussels in collaboration with City3 and supported by Brussels Kunstenoverleg

Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 13:00 to 18:00
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