All City/All Land [AC/AL]

Worldwide we are facing a water challenge due to climate change. In Flanders winters will be extremely wet while summers will be dry with peak rainfalls. Therefore we need to imagine a new water management that will buffer, infiltrate and re-use winter water and capture summer water overloads. This water management will have a spatial impact.

Worldwide we are facing a water challenge due to climate change. In Flanders winters will be extremely wet while summers will be dry with peak rainfalls. Therefore we need to imagine a new water management that will buffer, infiltrate and re-use winter water and capture summer water overloads. This water management will have a spatial impact. This studio explores the spatial potentials of new water parks to address these challenges. We will tackle the alleged conflict water, landscape and urbanity by imagining new types of open (water) spaces. How can residential areas, industry, agriculture, collective spaces, recreation etc. be (re)structured by a new water structure? We will design new small-scale spaces that can accommodate this new water management.

Image: Emile Claus – De Picknick

The studio will be part of the 2020 project Espace Blue of the Eurometropole. We will collaborate with specialists in ecology, water management, co-creation, mobility…. We will be discussing with the universities of Venice, Doornik, Lille and Brussels all involved in the Espace Blue project. The objective is to suggest, by design, small interventions in the public domain in order to get the espace blue on the agenda of the manifestation: Lille 2020 world capital of design and to realise one or more projects by then.


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