Flanders has many city car parks, most of which are underground and located in city centres. In the current discourse surrounding the liveable city, there is a tendency to cut back on these car parks, which draw car traffic right into the heart of cities. The arrival of self-driving cars, in combination with a shared mobility model, will result in a sharp reduction in demand for parking over the coming years.
BWMSTR Label / Casco -1 stadsparkings herbestemd
5 February – 31 March, 2019
deSingel International Arts Campus – Expo
Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerpen
Raf Ilsbroekx explores the possibilities for repurposing these underground spaces, which are often sited in strategic locations in city centres. What uses are achievable or worthwhile? What modifications are necessary? Can guidelines be drawn up for the design of future car parks so that they can better respond to repurposing at a later stage? Mechelen serves as a test case.
deSingel’s has become a vigorous and large-scale arts campus that presents and produces contemporary and international art and makes it accessible to the broadest possible audience. The artistic disciplines to which deSingel has committed itself are theatre, dance, music and architecture. Its core task is to show and offer support to the production of contemporary international art. This involves the work of both foreign artists and companies and work from Belgium that seeks to connect up with the international nature of its operations. Presentation and production (and coproduction) take place in the context of cohesive program entities and are underpinned for the audience by means of information and education.
As a large-scale, international, multidisciplinary arts campus, deSingel operates on the basis of a unique infrastructure: a medium-sized concert hall (968 seats), a large hall for theatre and dance (801 seats) and a small hall for talks (90 seats). Architectural exhibitions are held in the corridors.