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Publication date:04/12/2015

THE BRUSSELS CANAL ZONE

Negotiating Visions for Urban Planning

by: Sofie Vermeulen

Urban Notebooks / Stadsschriften / Cahiers urbains  

Preface by Eric Corijn

The Brussels Canal Zone, one of the most dynamic areas of the city, is an example of post-industrial reconversion, where private and public actors and civil society negotiate visions on future renewal. This study looks at visions expressed in spatial planning documents from 1988 onwards and then focuses on four urban development projects: the reconversion of the Tour & Taxis site, the renewal of the Belle-Vue brewery in Molenbeek, the citizens’ movement Platform Kanal and the branding project of the Canal Zone by the regional government. These visions are studied in a qualitative way using urban regime theory, discourse analysis and Lefebvre’s approach on the social production of space.

This book gives a detailed insight on how spatial visions are negotiated in complex urban renewal processes. It provides a transversal, historical and contemporary socio-economic geography of the Brussels Canal Zone. This work proposes a framework that is not only an analytical and comparative tool for researchers, but also an instrument of reflection for policy makers, urban professionals and social movements.

De reeks Stadsschriften/Cahiers urbains/Urban Notebooks staat breed open voor onderwerpen die de stad en stedelijkheid onderzoeken en maatschappelijk in discussie brengen. De reeks wordt geleid door een interdisciplinair en interuniversitair samengestelde redactieraad die bestaat uit die bestaat uit Eric Corijn (hoofdredacteur), Jessica van de Ven (redactiesecretaris), Maarten Loopmans, Anne Winter, Rudi Janssens, Bas Van Heur, Stijn Oosterlynck en Sofie Vermeulen.

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THE BRUSSELS CANAL ZONE
Author(s): Sofie Vermeulen
ISBN: 9789057183850
Format: 17 x 24
Number of pages 431
Language: English

About the author(s)

Sofie Vermeulen holds a PhD in Urban Geography and Spatial Planning (Cosmopolis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2015).

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