(17-18) Brussel, Realpolitik, Utopie

De studenten bepalen zelf een site in Brussel, een programma en een onderliggend thema. Ze leggen contacten met bestuur, mogelijke gebruikers of actoren. Het resultaat is een concreet architecturral project én een beleidsvisie.http://architecturemasterstudios.be/wp-admin/post.php?post=1510&action=edit#visibility

“Brussels (French: Bruxelles, [bʁysɛl]; Dutch: Brussel, [ˈbrɵsəl]), officially the Brussels-Capital Region (French: Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Dutch: Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest), is a region of Belgium comprising 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels which is the capital of Belgium. The Brussels-Capital Region is located in the central portion of the country and is a part of both the French Community of Belgium and the Flemish Community, but is separate from the region of Flanders (in which it forms an enclave) or Wallonia. The region has a population of 1.2 million and a metropolitan area with a population of over 1.8 million, the largest agglomeration in Belgium.”

“A utopia is an imagined community or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens. The opposite of a utopia is a dystopia. One could also say that utopia is a perfect place that has been made so there are no problems.”

“Realpolitik (from German: real “realistic”, “practical”, or “actual”; and Politik “politics”, German pronunciation: [ʁeˈaːlpoliˌtiːk]) is politics or diplomacy based primarily on considerations of given circumstances and factors, rather than explicit ideological notions or moral and ethical premises. In this respect, it shares aspects of its philosophical approach with those of realism and pragmatism. It is often simply referred to as pragmatism in politics, e.g. “pursuing pragmatic policies”. The term Realpolitik is sometimes used pejoratively to imply politics that are perceived as coercive, amoral, or Machiavellian.” (Wikipedia)

Werkelijkheid : mensen, gebouwen, politiek, ruïnes, actoren, infrastructuur, bestuur;

Onstabiliteit : stedelijk en architecturaal, maatschappelijk en ecologisch, economisch en cultureel;

Actoren : organisaties, vennootschappen, politiek, promotoren, administratie, mensen;

Project : toekomstgericht, haalbaar, ingebed, ambitieus;

Resultaat : architectuur en maatschappij, detail en visie, prachtige documenten en scherpe teksten.

Concreet. Ingebed. Gericht. Zelfstandig. Kritisch. Maatschappelijk. Technisch. Stijlvol. Architectuur.

“Architecture – the critical embodiment of social consensus – depends 100% on political policy. Despite the fact that each social, economic or ecological challenge unavoidably materializes in society’s space, it must be stated that political decision makers are insufficiently aware of architecture’s relevance and impact for future policy making. Moreover, the architectural discipline is often extremely hesitant to truly and proactively engage with political topicalities.” (P Swinnen)

“There is a need to address simultaneously the spatial quality of the designed artifact in itself and its reaction to time and context. Can we imagine architectures that seem to pre-exist the surrounding context, and yet fit perfectly ? Can we imagine structures that define robust spatial qualities beyond perishable detailing, and yet allow a very precise detailing ? Can we imagine details that are the seed of unpredictable developments and yet be the condition of a local identity ?” (H Fallon)

“Maar uiteindelijk vindt het bovenstaande zijn legimitatie in de elegantie van een architectuur die realiseerbaar moet zijn. Het gaat dan om de juiste bouwwijze, structuur, materiaal, detaillering, technieken. Maar ook weet hebben van normen betreffende EPB, brandveiligheid, toegankelijkheid, bouwvoorschriften,…” (E Liebaut)

We dachten hierbij aan :

1. generieke kantoorgebouwen;

2. industrieel patrimonium langsheen het kanaal (site Marly, Site Ceres, Ferme des Boues);

3. Kazernes (Etterbeek, Klein Kasteeltje, …) ;

4. grote villa’s in de 2e gordel (verdichting? Mening van functies? …).” (team BMA)


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