SYMPOSIUM Re/Building Brussels

Thursday 10.02.2022 (13-17h) at Centre Tour à Plomb / Centrum Hageltoren (Brussels) and online

The construction sector caters to an essential urban need.

Welcome at the symposium Re/Building Brussels

Symposium Re/Building Brussels

Symposium Re/Building Brussels

Symposium Re/Building Brussels

Symposium Re/Building Brussels

Symposium Re/Building Brussels

Symposium Re/Building Brussels

David Bassens moderates debate with Gilli Hobbs, Judy Stephenson, Kristiaan Borret, Stephanie Van de Voorde and Heidi Deneweth

By building and rebuilding urban space, the construction sector caters to an essential urban need, both in the past and today. However, the sector faces specific challenges: a local embeddedness that is under pressure, an enduring need for sufficient skilled workers, and a transition to a circular economy that needs to be made. To grasp this complexity, geographers, historians and architectural engineers at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel are taking a new, interdisciplinary look at the Brussels construction sector from 1695 to the present day.

This symposium presented the results of the research project ‘Building Brussels’, which focused on the composition and organisation of the Brussels building sector and how space can be made for construction companies in the city. It introduced the follow-up project ‘Rebuilding Brussels’, which examines how the construction sector can be a pioneer in creating a circular economy and an inclusive labour market in Brussels.

The hybrid symposium took place on Thursday 10 February 2022 (13:00-17:00h) at Centrum Hageltoren / Centre Tour à Plomb, Slachthuisstraat 24 Rue de l’Abattoir, 1000 Brussels.


PROGRAMME (Central European Time)

13:00 - Welcome and introduction

13:10 - Building Brussels. The Brussels construction sector and the urban space (1830-today)

Matthijs Degraeve [VUB], Frederik Vandyck [VUB/UAntwerpen] and Sarah De Boeck [VUB/]

Commentary by Kristiaan Borret [Brussels bouwmeester maître architecte]

14:00 - Break

14:10 - Rebuilding Brussels. The urban construction sector as an engine for social inclusion and circularity (1695-today)

Karoline da Silva Rodrigues [VUB], Lara Reyniers [VUB] and Louise Huba [VUB]

14:40 - Material reward: Supply chains, labour and money in the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire (1666)

Judy Stephenson [The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction]

15:20 - Break

15:30 - Circularity: Building on the past and looking to the future

Gilli Hobbs [Sustainability and Circular Economy Advisor]

16:10 - Discussion

Judy Stephenson, Gilli Hobbs, Kristiaan Borret and Re/Building Brussels

17:30 - Reception at Halles Saint-Géry / Sint-Gorikshallen: vernissage of the expo Re/Building BrusselsSint-Goriksplein / Place St-Géry, 1000 Brussels


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