29.4.20: Brussels – change the channel, bridge the gap?

A Virtual Lunch Walk for Archined via Zoom

Few people know that Brussels has a canal running right through its centre. Even fewer dare to cross it. Today, the main artery of industrial prosperity in the 19th century is primarily regarded as the border between a touristically booming downtown and the social complexity of Molenbeek. All the more reason why this very line has lately become a focal point of city planning and a test case for urban diversity with an impact on the capital as a whole. While a new overarching Canal Plan has been developed for this heterogeneous zone, it is of course interesting to look at specific projects to see how they define spatial changes and urban opportunities and how they affect the balance of social groups and cultures. How is the city dealing with gentrification at different scales and from different local perspectives? What role has been attributed to culture, industry and green zones? And what has been the impact of the ʻarchitectural answersʼ implemented up to now?

For the second time, Archined.nl will give me the opportunity to do a virtual live tour in which, like on a real tour, we can explore architecture and public spaces. This time we will move through a Brussels in transition, following the central stretch of the canal: from the huge, transformed Tour&Taxis site near the port to smaller architectural schemes, from inconspicuous social interventions to refurbished industrial buildings and new parks reflecting todayʼs ideas about urban space.

Archined Virtual Lunch Walk, language: English
Wednesday, 29 April 2020
Welcome: 12.00h
Start tour at: 12.15h, ends 13.00h.
Sign up by sending an email to news@archined.nl. You will then receive a link and a password. Please sign up before noon on Wednesday 29 April.

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