culture Culture 11 October: How to use vacant spaces for social innovation?

Time: Oct 11, 2019 4:00 PM → Oct 11, 2019 6:00 PM


Hello people! We continue our series of meetups to figure out how we can get better at building community spaces in the city, in sustainable ways. In the previous culture Culture meetups in May and June we learned about collective access to space, from @yannick, @rmdes, @KatrienR; about why the groups inhabiting and working there have difficulties creating permanent resources, from @Emmanuel @camtesta and others; about the need to build for permanence and actual ownership: we presented The Reef, a new community initiative in Brussels.

On October 11th we will learn about the underused resource of Brussels: space! and how to use it to build more social, cultural, environmental utility around it.

Over 6 million m2 in this city are not creating any value. La 20ᵉ Commune St-Vide- Leegbeek is a collective advocacy effort where many organisations involved in temporary occupations are fighting for change. Read their manifesto here.

Our conversation opener is Isabelle N’diaye @baobaburbain, an urban planner passionate about how different parts of the ecosystem can come together to fix issues. She will present the efforts of St-Vide-Leegbeek so far and insights into how to go forward in what she calls ‘viable articulations’: reaffirm that transitory urbanism is a pragmatic tool that ensure access to spaces and open them for projects with multiple utilities. The next step for St-Vide-Leegbeek is figure out how to model these partnerships between spaces and projects, and make them jump from handcraft to something more sophisticated and economically fruitful.


  1. Short introduction by Isabelle

  2. Open conversation: each participant brings in their own experience and asks questions to the room to get feedback or support for their own work.

  3. Follow up: each participant shares their reflection on the community platform. This ensures we can build continuity and share learnings with others:

Place and time:

18:00 - 20:00 La Buissonnière in St Gilles. After we wrap up we go and have drinks at La Vieille Chechette, a nice social cooperative cafe across the street.


If you’re interested to learn, contribute experience and advice, join us! Simply post a comment below introducing yourself, so we can connect you with others ahead of the meetup.

To be able to go deep in the topic and ensure mutual learning, participation is limited to 10 people, first come, first served.

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