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Old September 6th, 2012, 02:04 PM   #1
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BRUSSELS | European Quarter

Most of the institutions of the European Union are located within the European Quarter of Brussels, which has been rightfully called an ‘administrative ghetto’ by some. In the past years, Brussels authorities are preparing a big masterplan that intends to prevent the many mistakes made in the past (Brusselization). In relation to the European quarter, this means hundreds of little rules regarding building height, distance to the street, ground occupancy, public and private (!) green, residential stake in construction, etc.


At the same time the national government, private developers and the European Union itself are investing in the neighborhood. The European Council is building a new futuristic building ‘Europa’ in the nook of a historic building ‘Résidence Palace’, just across the street from one of the most iconic E.U. buildings: the Berlaymont. The 'Europa' extension would form a large glass atrium surrounding an urn or lantern shaped structure housing the meeting rooms.









A major rail tunnel link, that will run straight through an existing metro station, will enable travel from and to the airport in half the time and make the European Quarter one of the most well serviced places in Brussels. In order to make Schuman Square a bonafide square, a traffic tunnel is planned.






















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Old September 6th, 2012, 04:39 PM   #2
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I am going to add a few other projects/proposals form the area.

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"World-famous French architect Christian de Portzamparc is the man in charge of turning these ambitions into reality." (Spiegel)

Portzamparc won with his project for the Rui de la Loi the central avenue alon which already today most buildings are used as offices for the EU commission or organisations that work on an EU level.

The area seems to be terrible. A four lane road with heavy traffic, constant construction works and no real places to go other than to work.

The plan should change that, reintroduce a major share of residentials and commerce in this area while at the same time increasing office space. At the same time the traffic should be reduced, the street is supposed to become friendlier for pedestrians and bicyclers.

this all should be achieved with the creation of a number of high rises along the road.

This is still in the project phase, but works should begin already in a few years. The time frame is however one reaching at least to 2025 or so.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/...-a-615892.html







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Old September 7th, 2012, 11:00 AM   #3
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Wonderful! Congratulate on!
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Old September 11th, 2012, 12:01 AM   #4
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This is just a big waste of taxpayers money of the european citizens.
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Old September 11th, 2012, 12:30 AM   #5
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Projects for EU offices aside (currently not a lot going on in this regard except for the European Council building), this is not paid by European taxpayers by far and large. The EU officies won't be cheaper without a masterplan and good city planning of the quarter either. Actually a badly planned area rather makes the running of the EU rather more expensive and less efficient than a well planned one.

The planning itself, like creating a better mix of urban uses instead of office ghettos, is nothing that makes EU offices more expensive. Thats why your comment looks more like unreflected EU bashing than a serious opinion.

Making the EU quarter more liveable is in the very own interest of the city of Brussels and the city of Brussels is also the one which is going to invest the most in it (probably with the help of Belgium). Take the Schuhman station for example
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Old September 11th, 2012, 12:40 AM   #6
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Bruxelles is the biggest parasite of the northern hemisphere, don't try to deny it.
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Old September 11th, 2012, 12:52 AM   #7
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I like the private mostly residential projects the most (with a dose of smaller office, hotel and commerce uses). Especially along the Chaussée d'Etterbeek which looked like some urban wasteland until recently but is going to develop impressively within the next 2-3 years alone.

Big:


http://imageshack.us/f/710/vanmaerlandt1.png/

and small:


http://www.capitalconstruct.be/en/pr...nce-de-pascale

... two show only two private projects that are currently U/C.
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Old September 11th, 2012, 12:53 AM   #8
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Bruxelles is the biggest parasite of the northern hemisphere, don't try to deny it.
Do you even bother to answer in more than random platitudes, like with addressing my arguments in specific? No? What a Stammtischniveau. Using biological smear words in political debate also shows a worrisome style as well.
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Old September 11th, 2012, 01:10 AM   #9
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I can only guess what 'Stammtischniveau' means...
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Stammtisch is the table in Austrian and German taverns that is reserved for the regular visitors (read: drinkers). It is a common reference for civilized and educated political debate. A place where you'd often hear things like "parasites", "not everything was bad back then" ...
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Old September 11th, 2012, 01:16 AM   #11
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There is no point in investing money (eu-citizens taxpayer's money) into an area that loses its status as an European Quarter of the union within decades, this artificial union will fall apart soon. Brussels itself is also indirectly highly profiting of circulation of money from eu-institutions and eu-representatives, eu-governance and eu-staff in the Bruxelles area. This money does not end up, back in the country of the taxpayer. I can go on, but i think it would be better if we continue this conversation elsewhere.
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Old September 11th, 2012, 01:23 AM   #12
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Your hate of the EU makes you even wish to punish Brussels, or what? Why don't they deserve reasonably well urban planning and projects in one of its major inner city quarters?

Being the de-facto capital of the EU is not easy, brings benefits but also many challenges as well.

The EU does not exist becaue of some sinister conspiracy but because its members need it for various and countless common goals and interactions, cooperations on many levels. If it should fall apart they had to reinvent it. Westphalian absolute sovereignty is an utopian dream, a fairy tale for nationalists. So maybe Brussels won't be the centre forever but it is for now and due to the laws of inertia it will be for quite some time to come, obviously justifiying private investments. (Which is proven by the fact that they are done)
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Old September 11th, 2012, 01:41 AM   #13
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I have no problems with Bruxelles urban planning, that's up to them. What's bothering me is the greed of Bruxelles that is using the EU-bureaucracy for it's own benefits. People in Greece don't benefit from this situation at all!

Brussels is an artificial metropolitan region, it's sole reason of existence today is because of EU-citizens taxpayers money.

They don't even know how to govern the EU-properly, we can't even elect those (governance) guys. In what kind of an union do we live these days? The eurocrats don't even know it themselves. If the EU and Bruxelles don't acknowledge these basic facts, they are a hopeless union.

We aren't north korea.

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Old September 11th, 2012, 02:34 AM   #14
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I like those three square triplet towers...

@Godius Might I suggest a politics forum?
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Old September 12th, 2012, 07:58 PM   #15
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Yes, there is plenty of space for these debates in the DLM, this thread is about the urban planning of the European Quarter in Brussels, a major inner city area with big challenges but also potential and about how it is being transformed.

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You mean those in the background? They belong to the European Parliament complex.


http://www.allersretours.com/index.php?page=ea2010_J145

The front side with the main entrance of the complex from Place du Luxembourg, one of the few areas in the European quarter that are pretty fine as they are.

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/vilavel...n/photostream/

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Ah, now I get it. You were not talking about the Parliament but about those triplet towers in the master plan. I already wondered
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Old September 13th, 2012, 01:33 PM   #16
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Nice masterplan. Should be quite impressive when built.
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At the front: the new Museum of European History (due in 2015)
In the background: the Bellview residential tower

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Old October 15th, 2013, 12:43 PM   #18
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Progress at Schuman Station (constructing direct link from the EU quarter to the airport)

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Old October 15th, 2013, 12:45 PM   #19
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Progress of the new European Council building:

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The ,Wetstraat/Rue de la Loi' should be better planned + those are some nice projects for BRU .
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