Formes Urbaines

The aim of this project is to study the recurrent characteristic of european modern cities, with Brussels as first field of research. The chapters describe the various districts usually composing a city: the residential areas (Barre d’îlot), the business areas (Dom-ino), the tourist areas  (Façade libre) and the old industrial areas (Gentrification). 

‘Barre d’ilot’: a reflection about the urban block, the framework of the historic city, its break-up and its replacement by residential and office towers. Ironically, he proposes self-constructed towers built from typical Brussels houses.

‘Gentrification’: refers to the changes that result when wealthier people ("gentry") acquire or rent property in low income and working class communities. Often old industrial buildings are converted toluxurious residences.

‘Dom-ino’: a reference to the concept of Le Corbusier and it’s evolution leading to a functionnal and profitable architecture, symbol of vanity and fragility

‘Façade libre’: a reflexion about ‘facadism’, planning practice which consists in conserving only the front of old buildings while demolishing the rest in order to construct a modern interior. This whithout any link to the original architecture

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