Brussels (BE)
12 Nov 2018 - 15 Nov 2018
Forum of Results - Brussels (BE) - Workshop Results

As a preamble to the Europan 14 Forum of Results in Brussels (BE) in November 2018, Europan, Brussels Capital Region, Bouwmeester Chief Architect and La Cambre Horta Faculty of Architecture proposed the E14 Winning Teams (winners and runners-up) to gather for 4 days to consider and design scenarios on the session topic –"Productive Cities"– applied to 3 urban contexts of the Belgian capital. 
The scenarios were presented during the Forum of Results after the lunch of Friday November 16th, bringing to light their relations with the winning ideas. 

Architecture to the Rhythms of City and Production 

Production within the scope of the city can have different aspects: production in the sense of heavy production, of food production or even of production related to new technologies. These three urban situations proposed for the workshop, all located within Brussels, gather these three aspects: Port City, Food Scape and Tech Boulevard.


Food Production is an essential issue for the city in a context where circularity, durability, mobility and economic challenges concentrate the main focus. This site is located between Neerpede, a mostly agricultural and peri-urban area, the South-West region of Brussels and metro station COOVI/CERIA, representing an entry point to the urban context of the Belgian capital.
There are various objectives: considering the site of Neerpede, and especially the site of La Ferme du Chaudron (Cauldron’s Farm), as a wide food market supposed to “feed” the city, considering and rethinking the landscape of the farm and its agricultural surroundings, considering mobility in the site of Neerpede and mobility towards the city, while dealing with the metro station COOVI/CERIA as a turning point between this area with landscape issues ded- icated to food production and the city and its consumers.
Several questions are raised in this zone: what type of landscape project can integrate the fields located near the Cauldron’s Farm? What mobility solutions could be designed to integrate this peri-urban area to the city? What architectural project could be conceived for the Cauldon’s Farm, which is dedicated to be transformed into a wide food market for Brussels’ inhabitants? How to think the peri-urban area of the metro station COOVI/CERIA and its surroundings like an entry point for food production to the city?

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Project 1: Beek to the Future
Project 2: Let's Talk about Landscape





Project 3: Linking Promenade
Project 4: The Beet goes on




The area Chaussée d’Haecht-Bordet, located in the North-Eastern part of the city, is a real functional mixture inherited from successive layers of urbanization. The site suffers from a lack of coherence and spatial quality between these different functional and housing zones, and from a lack of identity, public spaces, equipments and attractivity. In other words, the urban character is missing. The productive feature is characterized by an mix of production, offices and wide commercial areas. The site is also impacted by the presence of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and the Belgian Army, which, when they moved out, left a wide wasteland of 90ha that needs to be reprogrammed. However, between this atypical urban landscape, there is the “village” of Evere, composed of small housing ilots which barely succeeds in building a proper identity in this context of concrete mutation, and in connecting itself to the neighbouring productive activities. On top of that context, there is also the creation of the new metro station Bordet linking this zone to the city centre.
Three main questions were raised:

- DA VINCI: What urban context for the area Da Vinci composed of various activities and in- dustrial parcels? How to find a proper cohe- rence between all industrial parcels, and to link them to their environment and mostly to the new metro station Bordet?
- Chaussée de Haecht: How to redesign the unused 90ha? How to plan and reprogram this area to bring back mixity? How to conceive an urban and coherent vision integrating future projects and opening up the site to the land- scape and to the existing infrastructures?
- Village of Evere: What can be protected at the patrimonial level? What type of mixity does the site need? What type of urbanization should be implemented? How to integrate this municipality, located in between two highly in- dustrialized areas, to the urban context using the connection to the metro station Bordet?


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Project 1: Open Spaces
Project 2: Intensifying Productivity
Project 3: Productive Megastructure




This area is located, near the territorial limit of the Flemish and Walloon region, in the Northern part of Brussels. It includes both sides of the canal: Neder-Over-Heembeek and Schaerbeek Formation. Numerous issues are to be taken into account:

-Schaerbeek Formation is facing huge mutations after the transfer of the station to another site. One part will be redesigned for economic activities, metropolitan equipment is to be de- veloped creating a new neighbourhood open to the canal. The issues are also to optimize the productive factors to organize different types of transports for industries. It would also be the opportunity to enlarge the harbour to develop economic opportunities.

-Neder-Over-Heembek, on the left side of the canal, has a highly impacted topography and lacks connections to the canal. The challenge is to imagine a landscape connection reaching the canal and the BRYC. 

-On the right side, the Senne River, mostly covered in Brussels, is running in open air. The issue is to think the river as an ecological area increasing life quality of neighbouring industries. 

-Brussels Royal Yacht Club is both a marina and a navigation school on the Northern part. The issue is to develop BRYC as a metropolitan space benefiting from different types of transports and to connect it to Neder-Over-Heembeek. The harbour nearby has to be considered to question its accessibility for both productive and residential activities. 

-On both sides, there are historical industries of the old brewery Marly and the flour production site of CERES. In the long terms, what could new uses and programs could be made of these sites, while keeping their historical features

-On the Northern side of the canal, SOLVAY area is being remodeled, buildings are being emptied to reprogram and upcycle some of them with direct links to the canal.

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Project 1: ALONG
Project 2: ACROSS
Project 3: TOWARDS




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