Academic year: 2014/2015
Staff: Frédéric Rasier Hans Lust Jan Mannaerts Kris Coremans Maarten Delbeke Sven Verbruggen
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.