Re/Building Brussels: The construction sector and the production of urban space, from 1695 until today

Matthijs Degraeve (Curator), Stephanie Van de Voorde (Curator), Heidi Deneweth (Curator), David Bassens (Curator), Ine Wouters (Curator), Lara Reyniers (Designer), Louise Huba (Designer)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


EXPO Re/Building Brussels in Halles Saint-Géry in Brussels, from February 10 to March 27, 2022

The urban space of the Brussels-Capital Region is constantly evolving. Countless contractors, carpenters, plumbers and other artisans have made Brussels the city it is today. However, the sector faces specific challenges. To understand its complex needs, historians, geographers and architectural engineers from Vrije Universiteit Brussel take a new, interdisciplinary look at the Brussels building sector in the expo 'Re/Building Brussels', in a historical and contemporary perspective, from 1695 to the present day.

The expo presents research results from two interdisciplinary research programs 'Building Brussels' and 'Re-Building Brussels'. It shows the changing relationship between the building sector and the city: Who are Brussels' construction entrepreneurs? How do they work? And where do they find the necessary production space in the city? Pressing challenges emerge that are the starting point for the continuation of the research: how can the construction sector be a pioneer in the creation of a circular economy, and how can it create local employment that contributes to an inclusive labour market in Brussels?
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputphotograph
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2022


  • Brussels
  • Construction sector
  • Building Brussels
  • Rebuilding Brussels
  • Social inclusion
  • contractors' archives

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