Temporary use of space – the 20th municipality

    18/05  | 18:00 - 19:30

Free entrance
In collaboration with: BRAL, Communa, FéBUL (Fédération Bruxelloise de l’Union pour le Logement), Toestand, Woningen 123 Logements
Moderator: Reine Nkiambote

SCOOP: we discovered the existence of a 20th municipality in Brussels!

Our city has 6.5 million m² of vacant spaces, which corresponds to the surface area of the municipality of Ixelles. They are spread over 84,000 empty space units: industrial wastelands, public infrastructure, offices, uninhabited mansions. Together, they form the 20th municipality of Brussels: Saint-Vide-Leegbeek.

What to do with these millions of empty square meters? After being considered as an urban tare for a long time, they have now become a resource to meet urgent needs such as housing, as well as spaces to develop laboratories of urban practices (urban food, active mobility, direct democracy).

This debate wishes to explore how real estate vacancies can enable citizens to participate in the creation of the city of the future, which will meet today's challenges, together with the audience.

Andrea Urbina Padin is defined as a social worker of the possible. Attached since before 2000 to the Events & Participation Department of Brussels Environment, she takes care of participation processes and temporary occupations, including the Allée du Kaai, in the context of green space development.

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