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Vote for us in cannes march 14-17!

For architectesassoc, GREENBIZZ’s nomination this spring as MIPIM AWARDS FINALIST is a heart-warming and encouraging turn of events : a fantastic occasion for our office to advocate for what we call people-projects. But shouldn’t all projects be people-projects ? GREENBIZZ’s strategic location and role as sustainable incubator in the midst of a neighbourhood teeming with potential might seem

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Horta prize 20th anniversary exhibition

The CENTRE MAISIN pictured was the first architectesassoc project to receive recognition from the Horta Prize jurors in 2005, followed by EMPEREUR in 2016. The SADBr behind the competition since 1996 wishes to mark its 20th anniversary with an exhibition in the city centre at the Halles Saint-Gery this spring.  Actively supported by Brussels City Authorities, the SADBr’s aim is to defend « architectural debate

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Metrolab brussels

METROLAB is a transdisciplinary laboratory for applied and critical urban research, formed by universities UCL and ULB, and financed through european funding (ERDF). It involves collaborations between 4 existing research centers stemming from these two academic poles, scholars from 15 other european and american universities, and 5 key regional institutions.architectesassoc was invited to talk about inclusion, and

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Greenbizz: recycling, research, and urban density

GREENBIZZ’s ecosystem is slowly but very surely taking form, welcoming fresh arrivals and long-time friends alike. Newcomer FABLAB BRUSSELS for example has decided to join the party, moving into one of the project’s largest workshops shown above. Sign of our collaborative times : interior design for the lab (conducted by opla architects) will integrate a whole range of recycled fit-out material including

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A good city has industry

architectesassoc’s GREENBIZZ project is exposed at Brussels’ BOZAR museum from October 26 to January 15. « Industry is a vital part of the rich economic and urban fabric of a vibrant city. The exhibition Atelier Brussels - A Good City Has Industry highlights the need to develop an environment in which a healthy and diverse economy can flourish. The results of research are exhibited and new strategies

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Presence in brussels

2016 marked the studio’s 15th anniversary, commended by the exhibition PRESENCE IN BRUSSELS at the gallery Louise 186 from september 16th to 18th. On this occasion, architectesassoc invited the photographer Renaud Callebaut to capture through his lens the studio’s contribution to Brussels’ cityscape. Carte-blanche was purposely given allowing him to apprehend and restitute his own personal vision, resulting in a

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Moving day rue de namur

Brussels’ Planning Authorities have moved into their new headquarters RUE DE NAMUR, making themselves at home. The open see-through ground floor is already colonized by diverse activities and models galore … exhibitions, meeting areas, coffee-corners and picnic-tables creating a steady flow of animation. All of that is visible to passer-by’s … transforming what was once a dark, dreary, opaque inside into

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Greenbizz landed

Greenbizz will be inaugurated April 26, marking the end of a long but exhilarating journey. Client citydev has actively supported the design team throughout the ride, resulting in a confident respectful ambiance even now reaching the end of the road. And Jean-Marc Bryskčre, the ensemble’s new director, shares the same people-oriented mindset … imagining what he calls an

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Greenbizz: inauguration

GREENBIZZ was coddled, carried, and craved for throughout 10 long years, so most present at the inauguration and notably the client himself, felt it : a tinge of baby blues. But the climax lived up to all expectations complete with pied pipers and a flock of past and present ministers furiously tweeting throughout the event. Both the enterprising team presently managing the site and the freshly arrived occupants

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Empereur up for the horta prize

This year the Brussels HORTA award marks the competition’s 20th anniversary.  architecteassoc’s project EMPEREUR has been selected as finalist in the non-residential category. EMPEREUR is a mixed-use housing and office building in the city centre, inserted with great care in the existing medieval fabric. The Brussels Region organizing the competition wishes to foster design « respecting contexte and

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isocarp2015 congress in brussels

« ISOCARP2015 comes at a time of unprecedented global urbanization. Voices from the global level down to the ground – in both the public and private sector - are calling for a « planning » approach to address the complex challenges that this brings. The congress is therefore an opportune time to open up to the world, work together and learn from each other. It is being hosted by The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. »  The ISOCARP congress

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architectesassoc. at realty 2015

" Realty is Belgium’s only real estate fair, offering a one-stop overview of the real estate business. The event brings you into contact with all key players in the property market – all in one place, in just three days. Realty is first and foremost a networking platform where you can meet high-level decision makers as representatives of the entire Belgian real estate sector. " May 2015 the studio will once again be present

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greenbizz on film

Greenbizz … funded by FEDER funds and in partnership with citydev.brussels, Bruxelles-Environnement, Innoviris and the CSTC  … will be finished by automn 2015. It will be Belgium’s first incubator specifically tailored to environment-related start-ups, spin-offs and other green-oriented projects, willingly implemented within city limits in order to bring and maintain functional diversity in urban zones. A short video presentation and rental

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sustainability on site

The Brussels Environment Agency is organizing a one-day sustainability training program where experts are invited to share their hands-on experience gathered on site. Elodie Léonard from architectesassoc. , who has followed key projects such as Aeropolis, Tervuren, and Greenbizz for the studio, will present the pros and cons of a « bouw-team » approach from design stage all the way through to site survey.

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aa wins leopold competition

Matexi has acquired the Tour Léopold , a 1970s mastodon marking one of the city’s major north accesses. Following an invited competition, architectesassoc. has been commissioned to fit 200 new apartments and a welcoming array of extra amenities (shops, day-care center, shared roof-top space, …)  into the existing structure initially occupied by offices. Generous floor-to-ceiling heights, modular spaces, bike-friendly commons, efficient

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sustainable neighborhoods, tivoli case study: conference organized at the saint louis university brussels

Researchers from USL-B, ULB and UCL universities covering several fields including sociology, political sciences, city planning and architecture presented their recent work and opinions focusing on the Tivoli neighborhood in Brussels (of which Greenbizz is a part of) .  City mutations, participation, public action, the institutionalization of sustainable criteria, identity, and the ever-present impact of power politics were discussed. Talks were

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architects and advocates predict passive revolution

architectesassoc. was present at the 2014 NYPH conference, explaining how brussels went passive, and why, for so many reasons, it’s a non-event : « If architecture is about generosity, then we are probably just doing our job, » said S. Leribaux describing the studio's latest projects. Gunter Lang and Diana Urge Vorsatz also presenting took the same stance. The constraints of PH and their (positive) impact on the european construction market were described

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aj launches the green rethink, a conference to radically redefine sustainability

The Brussels-based architectesassoc. partner Sabine Leribaux runs through upcoming Belgium regulations governing ‘new build and heavy refurb’ and asks how they will impact on housing …  and office schemes in the future. With reference to ventilation, sun shielding and insulation details from two of the practice’s home-grown schemes - Elia and Aeropolis II - Leribaux explains how the government (which partially funded both) is

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architectesassoc. conference at the bozar

Regional authorities organized an AWEEK (architectural week) in October 2013, complete with an extensive series of conferences by Belgian architects. Marc Lacour and Sabine Leribaux from architectesassoc. were invited to present recent projects, and the think-modes fueling them. In all, 25 conferences were given by architects and investors alike, with debates animated by O. Bastin and P. Swinnen for example. Site visits, an exhibition, and open-office

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