GROUP SCHEDULE

Monday Sept 13th

09.30-12.00 Welcome & Introducing KeyNote

13.00-15.00 Introducing key topics, group schedule & getting to know one another.

15.30-16.30 Sharing – Connecting

Tuesday Sept 14th

09.30-11.30 Field Trip

14.30-16.00 Group Session 1

16.30-17.30 Sharing – Connecting

Wednesday Sept 15th

09.30-11.30 Field Trip

14.30-16.00 Group Session 2

16.30-17.30 Sharing – Connecting

Thursday Sept 16th

09.30-11.30 Group Session 3

14.30-16.00 Group Session 4

16.30-17.30 Sharing – Connecting

Friday Sept 16th

09.30-11.30 Formulating key-insights and future ambitions.

13.30-16.30 Sharing – Connecting

17.00-21.00 Celebration

 

DETAILED ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

GROUP ONE: THE POST-COLONIAL CITY

Taking advantage of the ambiguous history, multi-faceted present and divergent future of the Summer school location – the Usquare-site, formerly known as Fritz Toussaint kazerne – will be used as an exploratory case for surfacing forms of representation and inclusion, friction and silencing. During the first participatory session on Monday we will search for a shared understanding of concepts such as decolonisation/post-colonisation. Building on these reflections, we will dive into the streets of Brussels on Tuesday to excavate the history of minorities in public space – a history that all too often remains invisible. In dialogue with the key-note and world café on ‘decolonising the city’, the link between accessibility x inclusion x ableism will be explored in an experience-based and immersive session. Wednesday morning, an audio-walk will help to delve into and question the colonial history of the ULB Solbosh campus. In the afternoon, Bruxelles nous appartient/Brussel behoort ons toe (BNA/BBOT) will demonstrate how they use soundscaping as method to capture non-conventional voices and construct another potential history of the city. On Thursday, we will explore and challenge/unsettle the meaning of (im)material heritage at the Usquare site using these soundscaping methods. On Friday there will be/we will provide the time and space to collect and harmonise our different impressions and collectively formulate some conclusions and action points.

Co-constructing a framework to understand de/post-colonisation with Sibo Kanobana and Brecht Van der Schueren

In contemporary public debates, it seems like “decolonisation” is put forward as a solution for a wide range of societal questions, going from socio-economical challenges to geopolitics and ecology. In this co-creative session we aim to overcome this confusion by dissecting concepts such as post-/decolonisation, coloniality, whiteness/blackness, equality, justice, racism, … Starting from thought-provoking citations from a wide range of post-colonial (?) thinkers, we hope to incite a group discussion in search of a shared understanding. Ideally, this conceptual framework will serve as a point of reference throughout the rest of the Summerschool.

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.

Exploring and mapping (in)visible barriers at the USquare-site with Konekt

In this interactive session we start with an experience after which you’ll start to look at an inclusive city with different eyes. What makes you feel included or excluded? We hear an experiential expert about living with a disability and we challenge your vision on disability.

Exploring (im)material heritage at the USquare – site  with Bruxelles Nous Appartient / Brussel Behoort Ons Toe (BNA/BBOT)

BNA-BBOT has developed a range of methodologies for the activation and audibilisation of the history of Brussels today and tomorrow. The collection of audio material (testimonies, soundscapes, conversations, …) makes it possible to create a collective and participatory history that underpins more institutional research on social issues and common challenges. At the edge of citizen sciences, the collection, recording and exploitation of sound data offer possibilities of apprehending the common space but also of activating social and cultural perspectives. This module will consist of: Wednesday afternoon: introduction to the methods and issues of sound data collection. Thursday  whole day: in situ data collection work anchored in the present and future challenges of the See U site, through the meeting of its current occupants and its future ambitions. Friday morning: a reflection on the data collection process deployed during the summer school and its potential for the future.

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 différents 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.

 

GROUP TWO: A CITY IN TRANSFORMATION

In this group the concept of in-between spaces will be explored through participatory walking, workshopping and creative data visualizing methods. Participants will discuss topics such as urban ecologies and community-based sustainability transitions. A number of urban-farming, upcycling and recycling projects will be explored, making participants more aware about the resources-flow shaping the urban metabolism. They will reflect upon the importance of collaborative city-making processes for working towards sustainable and just urban livelihoods and environments. At the end of the week they will show-case their (hidden) resources-flow exhibition.

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.

How can we apply circular building to make housing more affordable?  Margaux Lespagnard (VUB)

With circular cities as a goal for the future, it is important to make circular building accessible to all. Yet circular building, when applied efficiently, already brings the opportunity to make housing more affordable. For example, through service life extension, simplifying future renovations, or providing reused materials more efficiently and affordably. Before linking the benefits of circular building to affordable housing, we must first determine what affordable housing really means? To make this concept tangible, this workshop uses a framework to start a dialogue about affordable housing and learn from each other’s views. Margaux Lespagnard is a PhD researcher at VUB architectural engineering. In her research, she aims to develop circular design guidance when designing circular affordable housing.

Walk the Talk – Explorations in-between ‘Smart’ Places and Spaces, Jonas Breuer & Ine Van Zeeland (VUB, 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.

Exploring dilemma’s and contradictions between social and environmental agenda’s at neighborhood-level. Paul Hermant (Actrices et Acteurs des Temps Présents)

In a perspective of resizing socio-political action at neighborhood level, it is important to equip urban inhabitants with adequate tools. Participatory calculations of a neighborhood’s carbon footprint might serve as an interesting starting point. What would be the simplest and most accessible means to enable citizens the ability to monitor both public as well as private activities influencing the carbon footprint of their immediate surrounding, taking into account the diverse – sometimes conflicting – perspectives and dynamics at play. Deliveroo certainly has a much lower environmental cost than individual citizens using their personal car for weekly shopping purposes, but what about the social impact of this company? What toolbox could be imagined in order to reveal possible conflicts and constraints? How can a residents-collective or local action committee access to data relating to consumption in food, housing, individual transport, goods and services, etc.. of its lived environment? These are the questions that will be explored throughout this workshop facilitated by Paul Hermant. Paul is an active walker and urban activist, a socio-political columnist, working in social and popular education.

Can we leverage emerging tensions into transformation opportunities? Vitalija Povilaityte-Petri (Jardins Santé)

In collective explorations for desired sustainable futures we often face tensions of various origins: personal-inner (fear of unknown, immunity to change, lack of courage to go out of own comfort zone), institutional, structural or cultural. In the proposed session we wish to share Jardins Santé à Bruxelles experiences and reflections from session participants in embracing and transforming tensions into collective learning opportunities for change. Jardins Santé à Bruxelles was born in 2019 as a co-creation research project to experiment social-cultural practices of self-care and nature medicine. The community explores collectively how we can reinforce urban resilience by re-introducing traditional (or folk, or common) nature-based health knowledge in Brussels.

E-commerce giants and small shops: what transformations are taking place in the city and what avenues for a more sustainable retail scene in Brussels? Ela Callorda Fossati, Aurore Fransolet & Solène Sureau (ULB)

Faced with the fast and wide transformations associated with the rise of e-commerce, some are concerned about negative impacts on the environment, the local economy and the quality of life. In particular, are we  facing ‘the death of small shops’? Is this inevitable? This co-creation workshop raises the question of the transformations that would be needed to make retail more sustainable in Brussels. It invites about fifteen participants to initiate a participatory diagnosis on this issue. In particular, the participants will evaluate the potential of third places to exnovate unsustainable models and practices in the field of retail and consumption. The organisers Ela Callorda Fossati, Solène Sureau and Aurore Fransolet are members of SONYA (SOcio-eNvironmental dYnAmics Research Group), IGEAT, ULB. They conduct research on the challenges of exnovation in the transitioning  towards a sustainable economy in Brussels. Their research aims to facilitate the societal debate on exnovation (‘governance of the future’).

 

GROUP THREE: THE PARTICIPATORY CITY

In this group the concept of in-between spaces will be explored through collaborative design and decision-making methodologies. Participants will get the change to cross-pollinate experiences with diverse local and international Urban/Citizens/OpenLab initiatives and collaboratively formulate some guiding principles for installing and governing the Brussels Research Open Lab in an inclusive, ethically and ecologically sound manner. The question to be explored in this group, is how to design and govern in-between spaces so that they foster true engagement and can function as transition spaces, enabling pioneering urban practices in which diverse urban actors have an active voice, choice and agency.

Creation of the first integrated bilingual inclusive campus in the heart of the North Brabant district in Schaerbeek, CAMPUS 1030

The “Campus 1030″ project aims to improve the visibility and integration of the student function in the life of the district based on a reciprocal win-win exchange of knowledge in the long term for the schools and all the actors of the district. Spatial and social actions will be progressively implemented to this end. The dynamic that is being put in place within the framework of Campus 1030 will be materialised in the future student and neighbourhood centre, a meeting place for inhabitants and students. This bilingual round table will aim to collect the participants’ inputs and share experiences in view of the executive development of this innovative project.  CAMPUS 1030” is a project that RenovaS asbl is developing for the municipality of Schaerbeek within the framework of the Brabant / North / St Lazare Urban Renewal Contract, in collaboration with the 4 local schools of higher education (KULeuven Departement Architectuur Campus Sint-Lucas, LUCA School of Arts, HE Galilée, HE ICHEC-ECAM-ISFSC) and local actors.

(Re)imagening Public Libraries as urban transitions spaces  with Anita Van Belle & Daniel de Loneux

At the turn of the 21st century, public libraries have become involved in the life of the city, offering diversified activities and new services, and even joining their readers’ concern for the environment.  Come and discover the different tools that have enabled this transformation: the concept of the third place, the idea of connection, the definition of “green” libraries – as well as some examples of their concrete implementation – and participate in generating ideas and desires to strengthen the power of resilience and connection of these renewed entities. Anita Van Belle works in ethical and sustainable communication. Daniel de Loneux has been a public library librarian for thirty years and is currently coordinating the events and programming of the quarterly thematic seasons of the Bibliothèque Hergé (Etterbeek).

Inclusive City-making Bike Tour with 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.

Temporary occupation with or by youngsters, paradoxes and thresholds of participation with Cité de la Jeunesse

To shed a light on the challenges in Brussels youth work, and engaging participatory projects in the context of shaping the in-between spaces, we present a “fishbowl conference”. An interactive debate with the people behind Cité de la Jeunesse/JongerenStad, academic experts who guided the project, youngsters, co-workers from the collaborative platform of partners, and you, to have a discussion on how we can overcome participation thresholds and discover deductive grass-root strategies in respect to theoretical knowledge. We’ll talk about the practicalities and difficulties of participation and to develop an in-between space, and ask the inconvenient question: do we actually need this?

Who is seen, listened to or included in participatory projects with Sylvia Hoens, Mia Laermans & Octavia Kint

This workshop will treat the question of who is “seen”’, listened to or included in (research) projects, based on two Brussels-based case studies: the MaN’Aige project and Community health workers. The first part of the workshop will focus on the process (MaN’Aige case): who is involved in the (research) project? For example, how can mobile/transportable units in public space create an ‘open’ space for connections in neighbourhoods and what challenges for research practices occur? The second part of this workshop will focus on the evaluation of the process (Community health workers case). The Most Significant Change technique captures unexpected changes from the perspective of participants that are valued by them, and thus maps out different outcomes then traditional evaluation techniques. Through this workshop, participants will gain a hands-on view on the use of different tools and techniques for inclusion and have the opportunity to share their own experiences. MaN’Aige is a co-creative research project funded by the Innoviris Co-Create program. The aim is to look into how we can create a caring community together with neighbourhood users (associations, companies, institutions, passersby, commuters..) in two central neighbourhoods in Brussels (Martyrs and Notre-Dame aux Neiges).

Setting-up a shared governance model with FabLab ULB

The ULB FabLab is a multidisciplinary team of academics, researchers, technicians, students from various ULB faculties (Sciences, Architecture, Law, Brussels Polytechnic) and also artists, designers, makers and citizens, part of a digital network initiated by the MIT – Center for Bits and Atoms, gathered around a physical location on the Usquare campus and managed by two fabmanagers. Fablabs allow creation and invention by giving access to digital fabrication tools. The ULB FabLab is distinguished by its academic and interdisciplinary teaching and research offer, locally and internationally. Over the past 12 months, the ULB FabLab steering team has begun a process of defining a tailor-made, participatory, dynamic and horizontal governance, accompanied by the Collectiv-a collective. Starting from the existing situation, we have thought about, clarified and streamlined our way of working while favouring human aspects, collective intelligence, cooperation, and the pleasure of being and doing together. We propose a guided tour of the ULB FabLab on the new ULB-VUB campus in Usquare and a presentation of the transformation of our governance.

Research third places in Europe: typologies and environmental issues with Gabriel Spinnler.

In this session, I propose to present the results of my thesis in which I analysed a panorama of research third places in Europe. Before detailing the trends observed, I will give an overview of the typologies of third places existing in the literature. The themes dealt with, the actors involved, the viability models as well as the implementation methods and the obstacles encountered by the third places studied will be presented. In addition, an overview of practices related to environmental issues in these structures will be given.  The participants will then be invited to discuss these observations and to put them into perspective with their own experience of such third places, which will make it possible to enrich the conclusions of the dissertation and to confirm or invalidate certain hypotheses put forward.