“Antwerp Noord 2060 – a very attractive and vibrant area to live”
We will be immerged into the urban renewal of Antwerp North, a neighborhood – formerly with “barbs” – transformed into a very attractive and vibrant area to live.
In June Bart Canfyn takes us to Antwerp, more specifically to North Antwerp 2060. He knows this town very well, both professionally and residentially. In an article in Weekend Knack this district is defined as “neighborhood with barbs” and described as “a postal code that became a concept: No neighborhood in this city which is more folksy, coloured and livelier than the area of postal code 2060. Raw and controversial at times, but full of surprises and full of enthusiastic, creative people. North Antwerp alive! “There is a wrong and rather negative notion of this formerly run-down district of Antwerp. Antwerp 2060, the neighborhood where the Vlaams Blok in quasi heyday has gained half of the votes, but transformed by some crucial interventions, among others, the decision to take HRT in Antwerp Central Station. This procedure resulted in the release of the huge railway area at Antwerp North – now Park Spoor Noord, with heaps of new space for public domain, green, schools and housing. On top there is the development of Eilandje.
The population here has responded enthusiastically to a large extent, which resulted in new schools, residential development, shops, public spaces, green, .. overall diversity. The district is characterized by a very interesting, lively and super diverse way of life. Bart Canfyn lets us discover this district for four hours, from the Central Station, along the Chinese neighborhood, De Coninck Square, St John’s Square, the Stuyvenberg district, Park Spoor Noord, Eilandje, the Hanzastedeplaats, the Cadiz district , Kattendijkdok, the Red Star Line Museum and Falconplein.
Bart has worked for three major periods in Antwerp
- Period 1 (1996 – 1999) as chief of cabinet for the elderman of urban development (period of development Eilandje).
- Period 2 (2000-2003) and Head of Cabinet for the alderman of culture (period FelixArchief + MAS + Permeke).
- Period 3 (2007-2009) as managing director of Sum and Arup-Sum studies on the Scheldt Crossing aka Lange Wapper.