Toogle Left

BATir banner


B e y o n d    S p r a w l

Part I Noordrand: 22/2 - 11/03 (Exhibition opening on 21/2 from 17:30 to 19:30) 
Part II EX- NATO: 13/3 – 28/3 (Exhibition opening on 13/3 from 18:00 to 19:30)

The North-Eastern periphery of Brussels– Noordrand - is a challenging context characterized by sprawl with dispersed urbanisation. This exhibition explores the potential of this territory beyond sprawl. The work addresses the challenges of sustainable urban development, ecosystemic balance, spatial fragmentation, mobility transition, economic redevelopment, real estate trends, and social inclusion.

Part I of the exhibition (22/2 - 11/03) presents the work of the Advanced Master in Transition Urbanism of ULB and Parsons School of Design on the Noordrand. The Advanced Master in Transition Urbanism studio describes the dispersed territory of the Noordrand in a frame of 10 x 10 km. It investigates scenarios of development for 4 strategic territorial samples: Buda, Haren, E40 and Leuvense Steenweg. These scenarios envision a transition toward new modes of metropolitan living embedded in the intrinsic morphology of the dispersed territory (horizontality, heterogenity of build and open space, intensity of infrastructure, and high mixity of uses). The studio of Parsons School of Design engages in a comparative study between sites of the Noordrand (Buda and Zaventem) and Newark (New York).

Part II of the exhibition (13/3 – 28/3) focuses on the ex-NATO site and its surrounding open space, and presents the work of two studios: 1) Landscape Architecture studio of ULB, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech and heCh; 2) Sustainable Urban Design studio of Bruface ULB-VUB. . The landscape architecture studio explores this area through inquiries zooming in and out; considering new city edges, and investigating the potential for transitional landscapes between urban and rural territories. The sustainable studio presents distinct visions of urban design based scenarios that address the following questions: “How to tackle the redevelopment of the northern Brussels 20th century belt and its potential within the Belgian extended metropolitan structure. What are the strategic pathways to envision sustainable redevelopment? How can landscape and public infrastructure envision and structure a renewed, more sustainable and qualitative urban identity?”

The exhibition takes place in the groundfloor of, rue de Namur 59, 1000 Brussels. It is accessible during working hours.