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(21-22) Real Life

Masterproef/Master Dissertation studio Brussels
(see also Master studio Semester 2 Ghent)
2021-2022 – Sophie Laenen – Harold Fallon

Real life
reinventing existing social housing in brussels

Photo: Ghandi, Molenbeek

“The heritage of many social housing in Brussels has reached a turning point: the life cycle of various materials is coming to an end, the integration of housing in the urban fabric needs reviewing, the habitability and functionality of buildings deserve broader reflection, …”
BMA Bouwmeester Maître Architecte, 2021

This studio is based upon real life tenders launched by the team of the Bouwmeester Maître Architecte (BMA) regarding the future of existing social housing buildings and sites, framing in a broader reflection about the future of “recent heritage” in the city, the should I stay or should I go debates and the contemporary topics of circularity and reuse. Social housing implies a serie of additional topics, such as the possible continued presence of inhabitants, social and or programmatic diversity, public space and urbanity, analysing and challaging the typologies, spatial and social interaction, etc.

Studio description (pdf)

Course assignment (pdf)