Laken (Brussels) wants to restore and transform their former train station into a vivid and artictic public space. The new destination of the building has the potential to act as a landmark in the city. The ambition of this project is to be a dynamic hotspot for the neighbourhood with a variety of socio-cultural functions. Participation has an important role in defining the potential of the program. B-architecten and ndvr joined forces to involve different stakeholders in Laken in the design proces, but also to co-create the participation process as such.
The place-based approach put forward in EULER addresses those disconnected from the labour market in their role of active citizens and holders of local knowledge. The consortium City Mind(ed), Transit, Tesserae, ndvr is deeply convinced that residents from deprived urban areas possess a diverse set of skills, but that the lack of recognition and subsequently advertisement of these talents keeps them unavailable to the labour market. By applying a unique method of mutual learning and online reporting to international partners, the programme provides them with the basic skills, self-confidence and self-esteem to move on to a career in continued education or even a professional occupation.
The headquarters of the Antwerp Police force - also know as 'Den Oudaan' - a tower designed by modernist Architect Renaat Braem is currently for sale. The sudden success of the Facebookpage Let's buy Den Oudaan reflected the dreams of many Antwerp residents to redesign the tower in the city center based on social, cultural and sustainable values. Together with Eagles of Architecture, Nicolas Petillon, Bagaar and many professionals, ndvr is looking into the possibilities of an alternative way of real estate development that keeps the balance between social and financial profit.
Visit the website We Kopen Samen Den Oudaan (in Dutch)
In cooperation with space&matter ndvr is assisting the city of Genk to initiate and coordinate a strategic process to kickstart the further development of the masterplan LO2020. Based on an approach combining participation, strategy-making, marketing and organic spatial development our team aims to overcome some thresholds and challenges while building further upon tangible successes such as the redevelopment of Nieuw-Sledderlo and the existing social network.
Ndvr was asked by the Brussels-capital Region to design a trajectory to involve local stakeholders in the re-design of the Louizalaan-Naamsepoort area. This neighbourhood - that is known for its high-end shops - will bear the consequences of some planned suburban shopping malls and therefore the Brussels-capital Region is upgrading this area. Ndvr designed and guided several workshops actively involving local stakeholders and politicians in re-imagining and -designing this area.
Together with Architecture Workroom Brussels, ndvr is guiding a socio-spatial process in Ghent Muide-Meulestede, funded by the Flemish government. Muide-Meulestede is the first neighbourhood in Flanders to win this kind of government support (read article in Dutch). The team AWB-ndvr brings together in- and outsiders of Muide-Meulestede to create a vision for this neighborhood and implements different methods of co-creation and future thinking in order to build a vital coalition and a strong support for future projects and scenario’s in this area.
This research focusses on safety and public space in the city of Antwerp, Belgium. The approach of the proposed research is twofold. Ndvr is experimenting with methods and tools to map the existing problems regarding safety and public space. Besides that ndvr is researching and developing an approach for spatial strategies that takes into account the complex interaction between the use, the physical specifications and the perception of public space. (2014 - ongoing)
The City of Ghent is working on the upgrading of the neighborhood 'Nieuw Gent'. Next to an study on the future renovation of the social appartement blocks, the city has the ambition to realize concrete actions and initiatives on a short term. Ndvr was asked to guide this proces.
On January 12th the city of Ghent and ndvr together organized a workshop with over 40 participants from local organizations and city services. Using the Cando-method participants where challenged to prioritize their ideas and assess them regarding themes and conditions formulated by experts in a prior research.
Since 2013 ndvr is actively guiding a process of spatial change in the slaughterhouse neighborhood of Antwerp, Belgium. Through divers methods, workshops, events and publications ndvr helps the residents of this very lively and dynamic neighborhood with defining the socio-spatial conditions that must be complied with by the designers of the masterplan of the slaughterhouse site. (2013 - ongoing)
The planning studio of 2014 continues the work of the previous studio in ‘den Dam’, Antwerp. The city and some private owners aim to redevelop the old slaughterhouse in the neighbourhood together with some other strategic spots, such as the quays around the adjacent old ‘Lobroek dock’ and a neighbourhood park. The planning studio of 2013 worked on mapping, network building and participation methods to identify local community desires and needs and explored ways to integrate these findings into the on-going municipal planning process.