CIVA Brussels presents “(re)compose the city” exhibition

The exhibition considers the period of reflection on the North-South Connection, from 1836 to 1952, as a town planning laboratory to turn Brussels into the capital of Belgium. The exhibition is based on several unbuilt projects that highlight this period, selected from entries of competitions, research works and other controversial approaches, preserved in the Civa archives.

 

Zuidstation, Lucien de Vestel, [1936], ingebed in Brussel, 2018 © Marie TROSSAT

Zuidstation, Lucien de Vestel, [1936], ingebed in Brussel, 2018 © Marie TROSSAT

The North-South Connection is generally seen as a trauma in the belief of Brussels denizens, a major error and the result of a lack of a strong-willed and coherent urban policy. The reflection on this railway layout linking the city’s North and South stations actually led to a broader town planning approach on the scale of Brussels – from its beginnings, in fact, in 1836, because this layout is closely linked to the creation of a station in the heart of the city. This aim persisted when construction work on the tunnel resumed in 1935, because the choice of an open trench required recomposing the urban structure over more than two kilometers in length. (more…)

“Operational aesthetics” at CIVA Brussels

The exhibition “Operational aesthetics” has thoroughly researched Brussels’ so called Neighbourhood Contracts. CIVA took the opportunity of the upcoming anniversary of those Neighbourhood Contracts – a planning tool specific to Brussels – to fully understand the legal devices, processes and political visions that shape the city, its urban planning and architectural projects.

 

SUPERSTUDIO, Salvataggi di centri storici italiani (1972) © CIVA

SUPERSTUDIO, Salvataggi di centri storici italiani (1972) © CIVA

 

At the heart of this approach lies the fundamental process used to create a city, placing the question of its exegesis before it has been drawn on paper or constructed in reality. Shortly after its creation in 1989, the Brussels Region started investing in the revitalisation of its older neighbourhoods, seeking to rehabilitate the physical property while simultaneously breathing new life into their social and economic conditions. (more…)