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Waterlock

Flanders possesses one of the most dense network of waterways in the world. Ghent in particular forms the connection between several rivers and canals. The part of the Sea-Schelde between Gentbrugge and Melle however forms a missing link in the network of waterways. It has silted and has been unnavigable for 30 years now.

The project ‘Sea-Schelde Gentbrugge-Melle’ tries to change this with the construction of a new waterlock. The students of 2nd bach were asked to develop a vision, based on this concrete infrastructure problem, in which the waterlock, the heights that need to be bridged, the surrounding landscape , the adjacent buildings, as well as a new small scale program are integrated in the design.

The waterlock forms the starting point to shape a new public place. The exercise is not aimed at the creation of an urban space, but a kind of micro-centrality in which local and supralocal recreative programs are connected in the design of a unique place alongside the Schelde.