Canal in Brussels

    Ewa Stankiewicz
    Agata Ł. Wierzbicka

    boat trip along the canal


    – Brussels ethnic division

    Our idea for this exercise is connected with the Brussels in which we spend six months studying and discovering various things about the city. Brussels is a world example of a shrinking city, what means condensation of public life in the centre - which in Brussels is called Pentagon (because of it’s shape). This problem is not the only one. What we also found problematic and at the same time interesting about the Brussels city, is really strong polarization. Borders between different nationalities living in Brussels are very clearly defined in a urban city grid, and rooted long time ago in 40s during Fordist and strengthen in Post-Fordist.


    1. Introduction

    2. Historical roots of the problem

    3. Boat trip through the Canal

    4. Physical Factors

    5. Social Factors

    6. Presentation MPEG

    1. PhD Ben Deruder lecture: "World-City formation: The case of Brussels"
    2. BrU 004 - Planning a cappital COLABORATION - monthly magazine
    3. Maps from collection "Gewestelijk Ontwikkelingsplan" Goedgekeurd door de Brusselse Hoofdstedelijke regering op 12 September 2002. (Bijvoegsel tot het Belgisch Staatsblad van 15 Oktober 2002)
    4. Kesteloot "Brussels: post - Fordist polarization in a Fordist spatial canvas"
    5. Anthony D. King "Spaces of Global Cultures"