|- Europe-Brussels, Visioning and the Design Office 836 kb
|by Steenwegen, Bart | email@example.com
|This paper will show the generation of visioning about Europe from the viewpoint of the designer.
|In my paper I will write something about contextual visioning as a framework in Brussels. One part will be based on the dissertation I wrote, the other part will be based on real experiences with urban (or architectural) practices in Brussels. My dissertation was a search for visioning about the European Quarter in Brussels. I made an analysis of different studies, read through a theoretical framework, partly based on ideas of Umberto Eco en Rem Koolhaas. The conclusion of my text proposes a conceptual vision for the development of the European activities in Brussels, inspired by the Collage City of Colin Rowe.
Through my work at the office of SUM in Brussels I worked on several competitions and projects in Brussels: a tender for a study for Tour&Taxis, a study of Josaphat station, a Masterplan for the Kunstberg, a competition for the Rogierplein and a golf court in Sterrebeek. Both Tour&Taxis and Josaphat were once named to be a new European Quarter.
In the meantime there have been some theoretical initiatives like the book Change and an exposition of Berlage in BOZAR.
I think it is interesting to know how a vision is generated in a design practice and what the restrictions are like time, budget, community administrations, uncertainties, bad project definitions, internal organization. I think is important that there is a cross fertilization between the theoretical field, the administration and the project designer. In the ideal case they work together to develop a common vision.
I will illustrate this by some examples of reality in a design practice.
|vision; urban city projects
Case Study presented on the ISOCARP Congress 2007: Urban Trialogues
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