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Brussels is the solution

As of the 11th of February, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel’s chair Willy Calewaert is organizing a series of debates on the topic of Brussels. The chair is led by Prof. Eric Corijn, social geographer and professor at the university. The title of the series is called “Brussels is not the problem, Brussels is the solution”. […]

Architecture day in Belgium

On Sunday the 13th of October Belgium celebrates architecture. As our strange little country divides certain aspects of governance between its communities, it is in fact architecture day for Flanders only. I suspect that this is considered the domain of culture, and as such, the different communities each have their own agenda. This just as […]

Think Space – ‘inbetween’ development

Originally posted on Cities for People:
Last week I attended the conference Think Space in Malmö. A very inspiriting day on the theme of “urban development in the inbetween” discussing participatory urban development, urban interventions, art-culture-social innovation as an agent for change. I heard some inspiring presentations and met with some interesting people. Team Better Block A…

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A platform for Brussels’ youth

Bruxitizen is a yearly event that tries to engage the young inhabitants of Brussels to think and discuss about their needs for the capital. The current edition will take place in St Gillis under the form of an ‘open space’. The concept allows anyone to walk in at any time and join a discussion about issues […]

An urban farming future for Singapore

With the Thought For Food summit just behind us, here’s a short documentary on urban farming in Singapore. The prospect of a rising population coupled to the limits of our current model of food production led an innovative creation by Jack Ng. His SkyGreens (as it is called) makes use of vertical space to grow […]

Kanal Playground needs you

Kanal Playground is a project for temporary urban interventions in and around the canal area of Brussels for the summer of 2014. The project is looking for students, professionals and enthusiasts in the fields of design, visual arts, architecture, urban and landscape planning, engineering and any related discipline to participate. The two key topics for […]

The most densely populated place on Earth

Up until 1992, when it was demolished, Kowloon Walled City was the most densely populated place on Earth. A slapdash construction following no rules or architectural insights, the sprawling mass housed over 50,000 inhabitants on just a few blocks. These ramshackle constructions look like a dreary vision for a sci-fi movie, but they were very […]

Watch The Human Scale in its entirety

A few days ago we reported about a documentary called “The Human Scale”. We said it would be hard to catch the film somewhere, as it’s making its rounds in American theatres. Never fear though, the Danish public broadcaster DR has it in its entirety online! The documentary is in narrated in Danish, though the […]

TEDxBerlin: The City 2.0

This past weekend saw another edition of a local TED conference in Berlin. The central topic this time round was a vision for future cities. The conference itself is over, but you can still see all speakers via the TEDxBerlin website.  

Drivers in Brussels face the worst traffic jams in the world

Belgian drivers constantly complain about traffic jams during their daily commute. I should know, I’m sometimes one of them. Now traffic and navigation service provider INRIX has compiled a list of the most gridlocked cities in the world, and Brussels came out on top. The second most congested city is Antwerp. Whilst this might come […]