Lecture: "Bringing Outside Back" by BURA Urbanism's Marco Broekman

Lecture: "Bringing Outside Back" by BURA Urbanism's Marco Broekman

The expertise of BURA urbanism Amsterdam is shown in urban design projects which respond to urgent societal challenges: BURA “wants to design environments where people can work and live in a healthy and sustainable way, in balance with a resilient ecosystem”. On their company website, the office describes the city as a problem cause because of the air pollution, congestion, inequality it inherently produces. But at the same, the city offers solutions as it is where innovation and renewal are initiated.

In response, BURA works on the urban system at sites that were already urbanised and that became obsolete or disfunctional, that await revitalization: former industrial sites, obsoleted business estates. In BURA’s approach, traditional boundaries between functions and amenities are being rethought. As a part of this, a new role and place for nature is assigned to unbuilt spaces and infrastructures in the city. One of their major projects is the new urban district Merwede in Utrecht. Here, the municipality has set high ambitions to create a healthy and sustainable urban environment with 6.000 housing units. The ambitions can be recognized clearly in the design of outside spaces. Car infrastructure is non-existent in the new neighbourhood and the ground floor level is completely left to pedestrians and cyclists, who cross to high quality green areas moving around the area. The high density of the architecture pairs the creation of diverse outdoor spaces, and the green presence is extended to terraces and rooftops. The outside has become the defining quality of the urban environment.

Curators: Stefaan Evers & Marijn van de Weijer
Partners: STUK, KU Leuven dep. architecture, KU Leuven Culture, Existenz
Support: City of Leuven, the Government of Flanders
Sponsoring: Febelcem, ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems, Vandersanden Group, Media A+
Image: BURA Urbanism

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