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November 24, 2015

Squatters of the EU Quarter

Squatters of the EU Quarter

During the recent SEiSMiC Forum on New Public Space, a few participants took a tour of a virtual wasteland that lies literally in the shadow of the big modernist buildings of the Brussels’s EU Quarter.

The hosts of the tour were Sofie Van Brusteghem of the sustainable urbanist group City Mine(d) and Marco Schmidt of the neighbourhood-based action group PUM Collective.

The “walkshop” focused on an area called the Friche Eggevoort, a small piece of untended property beside Parc Leopold. At the Friche, a series of micro-developments have come to life, all experiments in ways to create a more livable and sustainable counterpoint to the EU Quarter.

To explore the neighbourhood in an intuitive way, the PUM Collective developed a tool, a multilayered map that contraposes nature with culture and history with the present. It’s meant to describe how the quarter has developed from different points of view.

The participants in the walk were asked to use typology cards to explore spaces that struck them as peculiar to the neighbourhood.

In this photo gallery, you can see the gathering at the Friche, around the amazing self-made scale model of the quarter, and also the outcomes of the walk of the two SEISMIC participant groups.