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Forum on Land Use and Mobility

A forum on the subject of town planning and mobility is to be held at Bozar in Brussels on May 11th. It will be facilitated by Kai Uwe Bergmann of Danish firm BIG, and is entitled ‘New Uses, New Move – Land Use and Mobility’.

This forum is an initiative of Brussels-based architects/planners association FUP (‘For Urban Passion’). The themes will be focused around the impact of new working methods such as remote and home-working, and on new forms of mobility which may be envisaged by the year 2030. In particular, the event will look at how to improve the home-work balance, and at what changes there may be in ownership/occupation habits. Will ownership of a residence give way, in this sharing world, to rental or to co-housing? The same question is asked about transport, and especially the future of the individual car. Other forms of mobility, once again with a ‘sharing’ aspect, are likely to make traditional car ownership a thing of the past.

Explaining some of the thinking behind the creation of FUP in 2014, its President Paul Vermeylen (photo) said that it brings together players from all sides of the real estate industry – architects, planners, politicians, companies… He also used phrases such as ‘no longer taking the city-dweller to work, but taking the work to the city-dweller’, and ‘not just thinking about these topics, but talking about them’ in order to get something done. Local inhabitants will be involved in designing projects in their areas, not just considered as potential opponents of them. He also said that whereas for previous generations, the car was the means of mobility, for the current and future generations it is their smartphone – this gives them access to all the modes of mobility they want, including cars.

Returning to the May 11th forum, it boasts around 20 expert participants from many different countries and backgrounds. It will also see the launch of a competition for smart projects, the winners of which will be announced in October. These projects may have an architectural aspect or not.
Registration for the forum is via http://www.bozar.be/fr/activities/126607-new-uses-new-move---land-use-mobility.

| 03/05/2017

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