On February the 26th VIA went to Leuven. The city Leuven is known for its historical center, large student population and rich beer culture. With 2 small vans we drove from Eindhoven to Leuven and we started the day at the Hertogensite on the western edge of the historical center. The Hertogensite is one of Leuven’s largest redevelopment sites and used to be a medical campus. We got a presentation from the sites developer company Resiterra. At their office the architect, Jürgen van Der Donckt from the firm 360 architecten gave us an overview of the characteristics of this transformation. After these presentations we walked through the area and the developer and architect showed us the project.
After this morning program, we had a city tour through the historic center and we visited the Grand and the small Beguinage, a city-in-a-city-like monastery.
In the afternoon we visited Bureau voor Urbanism(e), abbreviated to the friendly word BUUR – the Dutch word for neighbor. With 45 employees BUUR is the largest office for urbanism in Belgium. The director of BUUR gave us a presentation about the current state of Flemish urbanism and we were really surprised how different the Flemish urban environment and its problems are from what we are used to in the Netherlands.
Photo’s will be uploaded soon!