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Research Day on Brussels Warehouses: Preserving & re-using nineteenth century economic heritage

vrijdag, 14 december, 2012 - 14:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Building Q
Aula Q.D.
Faculteit Ingenieurswetenschappen - Architectonische Ingenieurswetenschappen
02/629 28 40
katja.bosman@vub.ac.be
https://www.vub.be/ARCH

Warehouses are a valuable part of Brussels’s economic and architectural heritage. They are a distinctive building type and materialize the city’s commercial history. Yet as an architectural typology, warehouses have received only limited attention. The surviving historical warehouses are very vulnerable to destruction and inappropriate alterations. Relatively few historical warehouses remain intact. And many stand in obsolete industrial and commercial zones where future development will be channeled.

This past spring and summer, the Department of Architectural Engineering (Faculty of Engineering) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel started a project to identify and understand BRUSSELS’S WAREHOUSES. To present and discuss this research, and to consider warehouses in various contexts, a study day will be offered on the 14th of December 2012.

Warehouses are a feature of ports, and Jens Aerts (BUUR en STeR*) will present the master plan for the Brussels Canal. Warehouses found in difference countries have features in common. The American expert Sara Wermiel will discuss the rationale and challenges of studying and preserving warehouses in Brussels and beyond, and Hans Bonke, a Dutch expert, will inform us about the remarkable collection of historic warehouses in Amsterdam. Finally, three recent projects involving the reuse of industrial/warehouse properties will be presented: PHL-scholars Maria Leus, Griet Verbeeck and Robrecht Keersmaekers will reflect upon the Kanaal Site in Wijnegem; L’Escaut architects will discuss their renovation project for the Brussels Brewery Cheval Noir; and Verdickt & Verdickt architecten will present a renovation project for the Antwerp Comptoir Sucrier.

This research day on BRUSSELS WAREHOUSES is open to students, designers, and researchers as well as historic preservation advocates and policy makers in architecture, urban planning, and conservation. Access is free, but registration is required. Please send your name before 10 December 2012 to katja.bosman@vub.ac.be or telephone 02/629.28.40.