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Canal Catalyst

In the shadow of the center, the diplomatic and administrative machinery of the European institutions in the western part of Brussels a second city formed along the 15 km long canal. A city of industry, refugees and newcomers, place of informal trade, a zone of narrow flats and a young international population with low education levels.

Brussels canal zone was long considered a "no-go area" in city planning. It becomes increasingly clear that here is where the potentials and issues of the city of tomorrow appear: access instead of ownership, multifunctional rooms, cooperative control, inter-cultural-social economics and basic needs. Urban Catalyst studio was co-coordinator of an interdisciplinary team, which has developed a dynamic master plan for this area.

The concept combines a potential analysis of and strategy for the local micro levels with the overall urban macro level. Resulting as a "Smart Urbanism" strategy with three overarching transformation models: opening and compression / networks and coalitions / access and use.