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Masterplan Erembodegem

Completion
2016
Team
Bart Reuser, Marijn Schenk, Michel Schreinemachers with Esmee Bais
Client
Municipality of Aalst
Type
Masterplan
Location
Erembodegem / BE
Collaborator
FABRIC and B+B urbanism and landscape architecture

Erembodegem is a divided community -both spatially and socially. Four infrastructural lines cut across the town’s spatial unity and the accelerated increase of ‘new community members’ who are not yet integrated make the town socially divided. How can a mixed community of the 21st century be created where diversity and unity are the two sides of the same medal?

With our vision for Erembodigem, we depict a future where ‘being connected’ is both the goal and the tool to create a healthy and sustainable living environment. It is a journey that we undertake together with the residents of Erembodegem.

The starting point for Erembodigem’s masterplan is found in the qualities of the existing environment. We see opportunities to strengthen these qualities with a clear and cohesive spatial structure. We develop a framework that is spatially, economically and socially vital and flexible. By connecting the local knowledge and desires to the regional and national agendas, a plan is crafted that is not only a spatial design for Erembodigem, but also a mobilising story that clearly articulates what the town wants to stand for in the future. We consider the interplay between end-users, policy-makers, promoters and designers as a firm and flexible approach to urban planning