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The 'host city', the city that is forced to deal with a highly dynamic mode of occupation, takes on a central position in this project.
The 'host city', the city that is forced to deal with a highly dynamic mode of occupation, takes on a central position in this project.

Brussels needs another type of urban fabric, one that can facilitate dynamics, a type of fabric that supports the 'host city'.
Brussels needs another type of urban fabric, one that can facilitate dynamics, a type of fabric that supports the 'host city'.

In a 'host city' program and users are unpredictable and exchangeable.
In a 'host city' program and users are unpredictable and exchangeable.

This project consists of two prototypes that absorb both the characteristics of a 'host city' and the specific characteristics of Brussels.
This project consists of two prototypes that absorb both the characteristics of a 'host city' and the specific characteristics of Brussels.

Interior at the overlap between supermarket and library.
Interior at the overlap between supermarket and library.

The prototypes allow dynamic use within programmatic structures and deal with the agile borders between public and private space as well as the borders between circulation space and programmed space.
The prototypes allow dynamic use within programmatic structures and deal with the agile borders between public and private space as well as the borders between circulation space and programmed space.




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THE OTHER CITY
Rotterdamse Academie van Bouwkunst
ARCHITECTURE

The use of contemporary cities changes fundamentally. The city that formerly represented one single ideology has been forced to give this up in order to accommodate a variety of identities and populations. In the contemporary city there is an increasing influx of inhabitants; cosmopolitism is at full speed. This ‘host city’, the city that is forced to deal with a highly dynamic mode of occupation, takes on a central position in this project.
Brussels features as the test case of this project, because it is an excellent example of this phenomenon ‘host city’. Brussels has to deal with a large temporary population. The urban fabric (the physical city) of Brussels is under large pressure because it is unfit to meet present-day demands. It has a traditional structure, while Brussels no longer has been comparable with the traditional city for quite some time now. Brussels is a ‘host city’, but is not yet able to function like one. The old city structure has to accommodate and facilitate a strongly dynamic pattern of use. Subsequently the urban fabric should be able to transform and adapt to the continuously shifting situations, needs and uses.
‘The Other City’ puts forward a design proposal for a new type of urban fabric, that is more suitable for the current ‘guest’ use of Brussels. The project consists of two prototypes that absorb both the generic characteristics of a ‘host city’ and the specific characteristics of Brussels. The prototypes allow dynamic use within programmatic structures and deal with the agile borders between public and private space as well as the borders between circulation space and programmed space.
The prototypes have no context, and are thus as generic as the phenomenon ‘host city’ itself. This allows them to anticipate different locations and unpredictable situations within contemporary cities.