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Atelier East-Flemish Region

population growth as leverage for sustainable spatial development

The East Flemish Region comprises a network of cities and municipalities around Ghent. Expectations are that by 2050, the population of the area will have grown by 15 to 25 percent – an extra 100,000 to 160,000 people. To accommodate this growth the area needs more dwellings, work spaces and facilities.

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The Province of East Flanders wants to use its space in a more intelligent and versatile way to realize a climate-friendly and high-quality living environment by 2050. For the next three years, therefore, the Province of East Flanders and the IABR will examine and test how population growth can create opportunities for the sustainable spatial development of the East Flemish Region. The Atelier examines and tests how the demographic growth of the region can be seen as an opportunity and used to shape the necessary transitions in the field of open space, accessibility, economy and energy.

Beyond experiments
The need to go beyond the ‘experiment’ and really focus on operationalization and actual change is at the basis of the IABR’s policy objectives and is therefore embedded in both the IABR–Atelier East Flemish Region and in IABR–2018+2020–THE MISSING LINK.
Under the direction of a Lead Designer and together with (inter)national design firms, regional partners will work together for three years with local and national stakeholders including governments, citizens, companies and knowledge institutes. An open Atelier in Ghent (Pelikaanstraat 38) will serve as a base of operations aiming for real world implementation.

Launch regional call
On 17 January 2018, the IABR–Atelier East Flemish Region will launch a regional call for initiatives, partnerships, ideas and projects that can help shape the future of the East Flemish Region.The launch is accompanied by a public presentation in Ghent. More information soon.

The IABR–Atelier East Flemish Region is a collaboration of the IABR and the Province of East Flanders (BE). Its Lead Designer is Joachim Declerck (Architecture Workroom Brussels and member of the Curator Team of IABR–2018+2020).