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169 Invisible Architecture; Integrating Subterranean Brussels in Active Neighbourhood Revitalization

Show simple item record Dissanayake, A 2015-10-02T14:09:03Z 2015-10-02T14:09:03Z 2015-10-02
dc.description.abstract Brussels is a city with immense potentials and opportunities. Being at the heart of Europe, it is coherently connected with rest of the world both physically and figuratively. However, these opportunities and connections constantly attract people from around the world; giving way to a heterogenic society of diverse ethnicities and cultures. This heterogenic society creates a strong tension in some quarters of Brussels – especially when there is a prominent arrival magnet as with the case of neighbourhood Fountains with Brussels south railway station in close proximity. As with any infrastructure project, the proposed metro and tram station of Lemonier, is a potential for not only the neighbourhood of Fountains but also for entire metropolis of Brussels. The proposed MetCom program incorporating the Brussels underground gives these commonly mono-functional mobility infrastructure projects a new meaning; transforming them into effective urban public spaces. Introduction of this proposed novel logistic system for urban freight transportation allows new possibilities for the use of existing unused space within the metro stations as well as in the adjoining gray buildings. The project not only helps revitalize the neighbourhood by introducing a new economy but also encourages better interaction of the heterogenic society by providing a place for activity. The project however does not create an architectural object; on the contrary, it creates an invisible architecture en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Invisible Architecture, Neighbourhood revitalization, Brussels, Logistic system, Mobility infrastructure en_US
dc.title 169 Invisible Architecture; Integrating Subterranean Brussels in Active Neighbourhood Revitalization en_US
dc.type Conference-Full-text en_US
dc.identifier.faculty Architecture en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Architecture en_US
dc.identifier.year 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.conference Second International Urban Design Conference on Cities, People and Places ICCPP- 2014 en_US Colombo en_US
dc.identifier.pgnos p. 169-181 en_US en_US

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