27.01.2020 9:00 Metrolab, Quai du Commerce 48, 1000 Brussels Workshop

Urban Production MasterClass

The Metrolab Brussels’ MasterClasses are conceived as two-week intensive pedagogical and practical experimentations on urban situations. MasterClasses bring students, researchers, professors, local actors and professionals from different fields to reflect together on a specific theoretical issue, on the basis of selected empirical cases.

After the 2017 MasterClass which focused on the issues of social inclusion and hospitality of urban environments, and the second MasterClass called “Designing Brussels Ecosystems”, addressing urban ecology and more specifically urban ecosystems, Metrolab, among which LoUiSe researchers, organises its third MasterClass on Urban production.

Urban production is centred on a common goal: to better understand how the interactions between production in the city (productive activities in urban areas) and production of the city (the day-to-day making of the urban fabric and its functions/uses) are actually carried out in Brussels. In concrete terms, this will lead to questions about the diversity of urban productive activities, their organisation and spatialisation, the jobs they generate and their integration into the urban economy and urban morphology.

The MasterClass will also addresses the opportunities and constrains that urban location continues to offer for certain productive activities. Finally, the MasterClass will be an opportunity to question the cohabitation and/or conflicts between the productive activities and other urban functions, in a context of land pressure, transition of mobility and support for the extension of spaces dedicated to medium or luxury housing.

Following the Urban Production conference, the Urban production MasterClass intends to provide an interdisciplinary exploration of urban production in Brussels in collaboration with local stakeholders. Its specific goals will be to:

  • describe and understand the spatial and economic context of specific productive activities located in Brussels;
  • analyse the social, economic and spatial characteristics of these productive activities;
  • propose new configurations for productive activities in strategic sites of Brussels

To know more about the context, methodlogy and programme you can have a look at this reader.

How to apply to the next MasterClass?

You can submit your application until 3 January 2020. To find out what the conditions are for accessing the Masterclass, please read the application.

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