Brussels Architecture Today

Bicycle poles
Chaussée de Wavresesteenweg, 1-21 — Ixelles
Architecture: Brussel Mobiliteit – Bruxelles Mobilité

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The story attempts to portray the complexity of the situation after the white bicycle poles were installed at chaussée de Wavresesteenweg “Matonge’s area”. Only a few protests conducted by “worried” bicycle riders were enough to cause action against an urban culture that has been developing over decades. Brussels as a city that always strives for diversity should have presented more understanding for this area and attempted to teach the majority how to adjust and respect the rarity. Citizens who find this area inconvenient for cycling should either pay extra attention or just avoid that street if they are incapable of adapting for a few minutes. This street resembles 0.00001 % out of Brussels’ “dangerous” cycling infrastructure and it is astonishing how exactly this one happened to be prioritized. These white poles set in a row as a simple architectural and infrastructural action, already have a strong influence over locals’ behaviour on chaussée de Wavresesteenweg.

Comment percevez-vous le contexte architectural à Bruxelles aujourd’hui?

Wat is uw mening over de architecturale context vandaag in Brussel? Brussels' architectural context today is derived mainly from an inclusive negotiation and interest in a few “visible” mega projects. Meanwhile, loads of micro architectural projects are invisible and even being muted and masked around the city.  They are struggling to penetrate through a defense wall of regulations which was built by rigid administration services.  These invisible micro architectural projects constitute a majority of the city's urban and architectural fabric, yet they are still being processed through rigid and strict bureaucratic administrations, as well as post trauma urban regulations. One way to visually reflect this complex situation and to portray Brussels’ architectural context is to simply imagine the city's urban blocks (inside-out). This kind of practical illusion shows us misconception but also allows us to explore the potentials. Let’s not forget that Brussels already tore down its physical fortifying walls and proved that it has the potential to grow from a village into a true city. Now maybe its time to brake some other type of walls in order to represent its new character as a metropolis.

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De Strip dominantly strives to fight against project-discrimination. Regardless of the invested capital, social status and political power, every project should be treated in equal, proportional and profound manner.


De interviews werden verzameld na een oproep die in september 2019 werd gelanceerd. Meer dan 60 mensen hebben deelgenomen. Een jury werd samengesteld om de antwoorden te evalueren en de beste te selecteren om hier te publiceren in groepen van 10 interviews om de 15 dagen. De jury werd op 2 oktober samengesteld door de volgende mensen: Guy Condé Reis (, Lisa De Visscher (A+), Pablo Lhoas (ULB-La Cambre), Sophie Gérard (BMA), Audrey Moulu (BMA), Guillaume Sokal (SLRB) et Nicolas Hemeleers (CityTools).

Het project is echter nog niet klaar. Een tweede fase is in volle gang: we nodigen nu iedereen uit om het formulier ook in te vullen. De oproep wordt een continue bijdrage in de komende weken en maanden. Een tweede jury kan worden samengesteld. Het formulier is nog steeds online. Vul het in.

Het project wordt geleid door en gecoördineerd door een multidisciplinair team van curatoren bestaande uit CityTools (stadsplanning), Spec uloos (grafisch vormgeving), Variable (website) en Thomas Ost (fotografie).