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Increasing urban resilience through solidary appropriation of urban Waiting Spaces in Brussels

In the Brussels-Capital Region (BCR) an abundant amount of un(der)used spaces are waiting to be redeveloped (GSSO, 2006; ADT/ATO, 2016). Previous research has shown that practices of Temporary Use of Waiting Spaces can play an important role in the redevelopment of the city and offer an alternative approach to the creation of collective spaces. However, as practices of temporary use are becoming more and more common, new questions are now rising e.g. on which users are entitled to claiming these spaces, previously neglected by the mainstream urban actors and therefore pre-eminently available to alternative, more fragile actors.

This research is situated within the context of the 'SWOT-Mobile' project, supported by the BCR (Innoviris) within the framework of the Co-create program. This 3-year project (2017-2019) is currently being carried out by the Faculty of Architecture of the KU Leuven, in collaboration with Samenlevingsopbouw Brussel (SOB) and Centrum voor Algemeen Welzijnswerk (CAW).

Throughout this PhD - based on interaction between experience and research in the Living Lab context of the SWOT-Mobile project - we want to learn how temporary use of Waiting Spaces can be put into practice in a co-creative manner through solidary appropriation, with the aim of increasing urban resilience. Also, we want to understand the consequences of this for the domain of architecture and urbanism.

Date:16 Oct 2018  →  30 Jun 2020
Keywords:temporary use, Waiting Spaces, Brussels-Capital Region, Living Lab, co-create, urban resilience, Solidary Mobile Housing
Disciplines:Architectural engineering, Architecture, Interior architecture, Architectural design, Art studies and sciences
Project type:PhD project