IFLA Europe Exhibition ‘Reconsidering Nature’ - project from ABAJP/BVTL BELGIUM ‘Zandpoortvest’

IFLA Europe Exhibition ‘Reconsidering Nature’ - project from ABAJP/BVTL BELGIUM ‘Zandpoortvest’

After the great success of our first Exhibition ‘Landscape as a Common Ground’, IFLA Europe has organised the second edition entitled ‘Reconsidering Nature’.

The aim of the exhibition is to show the contemporary role of landscape architects in creating space. Its conventionally perceived task - to create and preserve beauty in the surrounding of human habitations - has expanded considerably. Environmental challenges, climate change and the living conditions of the inhabitants of larger and larger cities oblige us to take nature beyond the emphasis on aesthetic perspectives. In design, planning and management of landscapes, landscape architects face a contemporary challenge: thinking of nature as a subject, understanding its principles and respecting its needs

IFLA Europe exhibition will present projects conceived and created in close connection with the nature. It will include large and small-scale implemented landscape architecture projects showing the forces of nature as well as exposing nature’s rights, role and importance.IFLA Europe exhibition will present an overview of realised landscape architecture projects from all over Europe which are realised in harmony with the nature and using nature-based solutions. Implemented projects will show work of landscape architects working either individually or in multidisciplinary teams. Realised projects will promote environmental as well as aesthetic value

This week we would like to present a project from BELGIUM entitled “Zandpoortvest”

Mechelen is once again a city by the water. In recent years, seven canals have been reopened in the inner city, illustrating a renewed appreciation for the river. Also the Binnendijle at Zandpoortvest has been made visible in the cityscape after being covered for over 40 years. The site was previously a large parking area squeezed between the city ring, the railway and two buildings of the Thomas More college. This formally underutilized plot has now been transformed into one of the most popular meeting places in the city centre.

The concrete surface makes way for green, open and gently sloping river banks. The renewed Zandpoortvest and the reopened Dijle path now create a green link between the Botanical Garden and the Mechels Broek nature reserve. The wooden jetty offers new opportunities for tourist boats and recreational use of the water. Shortly after the official opening, the students of the Thomas More college are clearly enjoying this new public space. Thanks to the new jetty on the water, visitors to the city of Mechelen can travel to the centre by boat, which will boost tourism. Cyclists along the Dijle path spontaneously stop to relax on the steps of this new public space, looking out over a new piece of urban nature.

Author of the project: OMGEVING - landscape architect
Photo Credit: Yanick Milpas

With support of our Sponsors: Hunter FX Europe Vestre

Project is available on IFLA Europe website https://iflaeurope.eu/index.php/site/exhibition-projects
Catalogues of all IFLA Europe Exhibition Projects are available on our website https://iflaeurope.eu/index.php/site/exhibition-projects

Photo credit: Yanick Milpas
Photo credit: Yanick Milpas

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