Monday Sept 13th – 17h00-19h00

Guided tour of USquare-site. Cassio Lopes

In 2017, the Brussels Regional Government granted a subsidy of 11.8 million EUR from the Brussels European Regional Development Fund program (ERDF) to finance several operations related to the Usquare project.The conversion of the former barracks site to includes extensive redevelopment of the open spaces within its enclosure, which were inaccessible to the public when they were used first by the gendarmes. So to improve the openness of the site to the public transports and to the city, new different gates will be created. During this guided tour, we would like to present three of the main projects leaded by our universities that will take place in the A, B and C buildings in front of the boulevard Gen. Jacques. Cassio Lopes is a social psychologist and urban planner. His interest in the impact of the design of public space on the human behaviour and social interaction has led him to this atypical association between these two disciplines. After several positions in Brussels public administrations, for which he dealt with the problem of vacant housing and the resilience of Brussels’ commerce, he joined the Usquare Team as project manager.

(starting point: SeeU-site – building D)


Tuesday Sept 14th – 09.30-11.30

Minority Walk with Omar Fassi Fehri

Every place tells a story. And the history of minorities in the public space has often been invisible, ‘forgotten’ in the public debate. This 2-hour walk in the centre of Brussels, with several famous or unusual stops, proposes to discover how the oppression of minorities – in the sense of groups undergoing relations of domination (racialised, colonised, women, LGBTQIA+) – is organised in the public space. This “work-in-progress”, aims to foment debate and reflection through direct experimentation, on the ground, of what are the relations of domination experienced by minorities in the public space, under the prism of the current capitalist system. This project was created in partnership with the Museum of Capitalism, within the framework of the course “Principles and Practices of Tourist and Cultural Mediation” of Mrs. Laurence Gillot, by Cécile Jacquin-Guyomard, Carla Caucotto and Omar Fassi Fehri, students in the master’s degree of Cultural Management at ULB. Entitled “Capitalism: the other side of the coin”, it will most probably be offered in the coming months within the museum’s activities.

(starting point: Grand Place, 1000 Brussels)


Tuesday Sept 14th – 09.30-11.30

Who Feeds the City – Urban Farming & Upcycling tour. Atelier Groot Eiland

Atelier Groot Eiland is a Brussels-based organization holding social economy and sustainability at its’ core. The organization’s mission is to help fight urban poverty by offering tailor-made work experiences and job coaching for NEET groups (No Education Employment and Training). The activities span a diverse range of urban sectors: from joinery to health care to urban agriculture. In parallel, Atelier Groot Eiland develops projects targeted at transitioning towards circular urban economies.  During this guided walk, participants will be introduced to the vision and mission of Atelier Groot Eiland and visit a variety of urban farming, recycling and upcycling sites situated along the Brussels’ canal.

(starting point: Foodmet, Rue Ropsy Chaudronstraat 24, 1070 Anderlecht)


Tuesday Sept 14th – 09.30-11.30

Temporary Occupation sites Visit. communa

Why occupy empty buildings? How to transform dormant m2 into a place of life, projects and emancipation? In the MAXIMA building, Communa proposes a morning of presentation and exchange around the practice of transitional occupation for social purposes. The opportunity to discover and reflect on the possibilities of creating a city accessible to everyone by revaluing the existing.  Through the temporary occupation of empty buildings in Brussels, Communa facilitates the organisation of Urban Communes where associations, residents, social and cultural entrepreneurs show by example that other ways of living, thinking and organising the city are possible. Rehabilitating unused buildings with recycled materials, bringing together projects and accommodation solutions under the same roof allow us to go beyond the standardised use and organisation of the city in favour of experimentation and the involvement of residents in their neighbourhood.

(starting point: MAXIMA: Rue du Montenegrostraat 144 – Vorst/Forest)


Tuesday Sept 14th – 18h30-20h30

Changing your experience of nature in the city. Naviguer en Terre agitée

The pandemic has further accentuated some important trends: city dwellers dreaming of green and calm spaces, places to resource, recharge, in front of inspiring landscapes… Would the city allow for these kind of escapes? What if the key was to change our gaze, to open up to another perception, to come to terms with what we avoid? Is it possible to marvel at the life that finds its place in the city, even in highly mineralized, waterproofed, polluted spaces, …? Can we appreciate what we tend to reject, to characterize as dirty, ugly, stinky, noisy… and not inclined to resourcing? At the risk that we will move even further in this post-pandemic towards a perception where the “sacrificed” remain in the city and the “privileged” offer themselves the luxury of leaving, it is urgent to dare to rub shoulders with our prejudices and our beliefs … and attempting a paradigm shift. We offer you an experience off our beaten track, to welcome our resistances and our negative feelings, to open us to a change of gaze and to initiate another relationship to living in the city.

(starting point: SeeU-site: vélodrôme)


Tuesday Sept 14th – 18h30-20h30 OR Wednesday Sept 15th – 09.30-11.30

Visite Décoloniale du Solbosh – ULB, ULB cooperation

Le débat autour de la décolonisation de l’espace public ne peut être ignoré quand on parle d’une ville inclusive. En effet, malgré les controverses qui y sont liées, des vestiges de l’époque coloniale sont toujours bien présents dans de nombreux quartiers. En collaboration avec le Collectif Mémoire Coloniale et Lutte contre les Discriminations et Kimia Studio, ULB-Coopération a réalisé une visite décoloniale audio totalement immersive du campus du Solbosh. Durant 1h30, nous explorerons 9 lieux emblématiques de ce campus de l’ULB et leurs liens avec l’histoire coloniale belge. Le tout dans une ambiance musicale hors du commun grâce à la participation artistique de StraZ, de Gloria Mukolo et de Joëlle Sambi. Attention : cette visite n’est accessible qu’en version française.

(starting point: site Solbosh: Avenue Paul Héger 42 – 1000 Bruxelles)


Wednesday Sept 15th – 09.30-11.30

Exploring smart spaces and places. imec-SMIT

Most public spaces are monitored and our smartphones ensure we are under observation wherever we are. Today’s smart technologies offer many benefits, but a ‘culture of surveillance’ feeds anxieties of never being left alone. Jonas Breuer and Ine Van Zeeland, researchers at imec-SMIT (VUB), investigate innovative ways to include various stakeholders in making urban space ‘smart’, and the central role of data. Inspired by Lefebvre’s ‘Right to the City’, they look at how data protection rights can play a role in making urban space not only technologically enhanced but also citizen-centric. This walkshop aims to make the process of data capturing and processing more tangible. Participants will interact with the data collection in their environment by means of creative exercises. A group discussion in a pleasant atmosphere rounds up the walk by discussing central questions, not least regarding our rights to privacy and personal data protection.

(starting point: Place Charles Rogier – 1210 Brussel)


Wednesday Sept 15th – 09.30-11.30

Temporary occupation with or by youngsters Bike Tour. Cité de la Jeunesse

With this field trip, we propose a visit to the temporary occupation BridgeCity – an abandoned electricity distribution plant of the Schaarbeek municipality,  property of CityDev, managed by Superlab – where the project Cité de la Jeunesse/JongerenStad is (literally) taking place, and the neighbourhood around. The localisation close to the northern canal area, adjacent to the “Contrat de quartier durable” perimeter of Stephenson-neighbourhood permits the field trip to investigate the importance of local embedding; we will do both an in-depth visit of the building as well as an encounter with different local initiatives and associations directly or indirectly working on social cohesion in the neighbourhood. Guided by an interactive map and a guide we allow participants to perceive how an in-between space takes place.

(starting point: Cité de la Jeunesse, François-Joseph Navez 110, 1000 Brussels)