Temporary Use, Ninoofsepoort Traffic Crossing, Brussels

October 2013, Belgium

European cities are facing the pressing challenge of reacting proactively to their urban wastelands and vacant buildings.

Cherry trees proposed for Ninoofsepoort

Berlin is one inspiring example, but no project is a template - each city has unique potentials and handicaps. While officials in Brussels do their best to manage the unmanageable, we collaborated with Bral and Pyblik, in organizing a city game to explore temporary public use for Ninoofsepoort (Porte de Ninove).

A cherry tree nursery to brew cheery beer, opening up high metal fences to share urban wilderness, and popularizing the active squat at the crossing are few of many ideas ready to be implemented. Players also wrote an open letter to Rudi Vervoort, Prime Minister of Brussels Capital Region. Please click these links to find more about the final debate, process and outcomes of Play Brussels.