WEBINAR 1: In situ


In the month of October 2020, SoHoLab organized a series of webinars, aimed at contributing to new ways of approaching, planning and spatially imagining urban regeneration in large-scale social estates. With the webinars, we intended to disseminate the knowledge acquired during three years of research, entering in dialogue with similar practices, while addressing open questions and venues for further research.

The complexity and uncertainty of the contemporary city and urban areas such as large-scale social estates require new readings, interpretations and analytical lenses. Regeneration cannot be thought remotely but should be rooted in place. This entails diving into everyday life and social practices, as an inherent component of the urban planning process. This practice of ‘situating’ in space and place can be introduced before the planning process, undertaken simultaneously or developed throughout the development process, preferably constantly contaminating the practice. But how such immersion takes place? Which methods can be applied to systematically observe and connect people, spaces, and the planning processes that impact on it? What kind of information do such methods bring to the planning table? Is it possible to open up rather rigid and formatted planning processes for local knowledge?

In this first webinar we focused on how to accumulate local knowledge and nurture ongoing regeneration processes of large-scale social estates. We were especially interested in practices at the crossroads of art, ethnography, architecture and urban planning.

You can find the link to the presentations below:

1. Situating the regeneration of Peterbos: an ethnographic triptych, Jeanne Mosseray (SoHoLab, Cosmopolis, VUB)
2. Ensemble à Claveau, Nicole Concordet (Construire, Agence Nicole Concordet)
3. Housing pathways of social high-rise residents in the Rabot towers in Ghent: from 'Old Belgians' to the new marginality, Simon Allemeersch (Lucinda Ra, UGent)