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Theme 2023
More than housing

In 2023, Archipel is focussing on housing, and more specifically on “more than housing”. Living in cities is becoming unaffordable. Migration to cities is on the rise once more. The rising number of elderly people, changing housing needs and growing population are affecting the future of the city. The mismatch between current real estate policies and the need for affordable housing seems to be growing. How can living in the city remain both attractive and affordable?

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Living Closer
On top, in between, behind, below

In the search for more spatial quality within an affordable housing framework, we often see creative solutions to generate alternative programs/spaces within the metropolitan framework in order to live more densely and at the same time more poetically. An evening of inspiration with good practices.

Bike tour in Ghent #2
Weaving a social tapistry

The social housing company WoninGent is investing drastically in a multi-year plan for more quality social housing. A lot of renovation and replacement projects are underway, because the patrimony is outdated. There is a lot of work to do. WoninGent pays attention to interventions that have a positive impact on the liveability in the buildings, but also on the construction of the immediate surroundings so that residents feel at home. They focus on people’s stories, on social cohesion. The bicycle tour takes you along various projects that strive for a qualitative image of social housing in Ghent.

Heritage Day
Robust collective housing

Collective housing is increasingly viewed in Flanders as a beneficial strategy to achieve individual and societal gains such as affordable housing, ecological living, landscape-saving living, more inclusive living and more social living. But can we simply assume that these gains will also be robust against unforeseen circumstances in the long term? By examining the evolution of a number of historical collective housing forms at home and abroad, Glenn Lyppens sheds new light within his doctorate on the (inm)ability of spatial design in this regard.

Bike tour in Ghent #3
Modernism in Ghent

The city of Ghent is known for its ancient and magical splendour of buildings. The three towers, the Castle of the Counts, the authentic facades of the houses on the Graslei, … each of them tells a fascinating story about the city. However, Ghent is not a museum city, but Ghent is alive. A mix of contemporary and authentic buildings from various layers of history, from classical facades to walls decorated with graffiti, give Ghent that unique, idiosyncratic character. The modernist architecture in between weaves a surprising story. Architect-urbanist-photographer Johan Rutgeerts and architect Christophe Lecompte inventoried some 400 modernist projects in Ghent. A selection from these forms the basis of this bicycle tour.

Small scaled social housing
Quality housing for vulnerable groups in Ghent

In Ghent, the housing shortage is particularly high. As the city of Ghent is now growing, the amount of housing must grow significantly every year to keep pace. The social housing company WoninGent must provide an answer to the need for quality and affordable social housing for the lowest income categories in the city. They do this both by tackling existing buildings that no longer meet current energy requirements and by building new social housing. We zoom in on the small scale of social housing in Ghent.

Care homes in Kortrijk
In search of innovative housing concepts

The health and well-being of all people in Flanders, young and old, is important. There must be sufficient and quality care facilities in home care, care for the elderly, general and mental health care. In Kortrijk, we zoom in on intergenerational living and home care.

Rethinking housing
A plea for ‘new standards'

Duplex Architekten shows how innovative housing can function in Switzerland and what contribution it can make to urban development. We place this lecture in a broader study of new financing models for the housing market and alternative forms of housing within which housing can remain affordable.

Big scale residential housing
How to renovate large-scale post-war housing?

We are facing a huge renovation challenge with regard to the severely outdated residential patrimony, and not least with regard to the post-war residential towers. Where until a few years ago demolition-reconstruction was still proposed without batting an eye, now the quality of the buildings on the one hand and financial / ecological impact on the other hand have more impact on decisions to demolish or not. We take a closer look at three large residential ensembles (two towers and a neighbourhood) and listen to the challenges and opportunities through a research project on the transformation strategy of a residential tower in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek.

New Ghent: park, street, square
Transition from a social housing enclave to a sustainable future perspective

New Ghent is undergoing a metamorphosis. This large-scale operation falls within the ambitious vision of the social housing company WoninGent to provide more high-quality social housing in the growing city of Ghent, which is struggling with severe housing shortages. Various teams of architects are following two main lines in the creation of a contemporary residential park: making connections to the larger urban whole and creating cohesion on a human scale. We dive into New Ghent.