Project week – Day 4

If you can party, you can also get up early. So we do. Bright and early we arrive on campus and participate in the Aerobics session given by the teachers of Applied Architecture.

It’s all fun and games, but soon we have to get back to work. The end of the week is coming closer and tomorrow is our final jury moment. So everything has to be ready by then.

Project week – Day 3

Today is the first day we have a lot of time to work on our project. Working in a group isn’t always easy, because you have a lot of opinions and sometimes these clash. But in the end, we have a strong concept to present at the first jury moment.

We receive good feedback on our project and decide to continue our work and refine our idea. Later that night, the school organizes a small party for all the students.

Project Week – Day 2

A new day, more lectures. We start with Mieke Vandenbroucke from VIBE vzw, with a lecture about circular building.
We need to start taking care of our planet. Many raw materials are depleting and we have to be careful with what we use and more importantly, start re-using materials and objects.

In the lecture, Mieke talks about RotorDC, a fun site where old materials and objects can be bought and be used in new projects.
We also get a list of materials that can be re-used and are very durable. Something we can implement in our future projects.

The next lecture is all about Aquaponics. This is a green, durable an cyclic system where fish are bred, the excrements of these fish supply nutrients to the plants, because the water in the tanks is used for the plants. The water is filtered and returned to the fish tanks. Result? Fresh fish, vegetables, fruit, herbs and healthy air (thanks to the plants)

In the afternoon we return to working on our own project. We learned that Bruges wants to eliminate cars from the city centre. This means public and alternative transport will become more important. Next to that, they talked about making the city greener. So we thought : why not tackle both items. Create stops for public transport which are greener, more fun and more attractive. And why stop there? Let’s make a concept that can be implemented in multiple areas in the city. So we decide that this is the way we will proceed.

Project Week – Day 1

We meet up at the old opera house in Bruges. After a short lecture about it’s history we get a guided tour of the building, which was built in neo-renaissance style.

We continue our day in the “Republiek”, near cinema Lumiere. In this area and around the “Biekorf”, dedicated people are working together to create a new Bruges, were vacant buildings are being repurposed. They look at what the neighbourhood needs and wants and work together with them to create a new surrounding.

After a short lunch break, we get another lecture by Michel Dewilde. A project manager that guides different art and culture projects in Bruges. Later this year they are setting up something new, in cooperation with WORK ac and Howest. Will be continued.

We end the day with one more lecture about how to visualize projects with 2,5D and 3D techniques. But then it is finally time to start working on our own project. After a short brainstorming session, our group finds a interesting concept to work on the rest of the week.