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Cosmopolis Lunch Seminar with Dimitri Crespin: The BrusSEau project: enhancing urban flood resiliency in Brussels through participatory and interdisciplinary research

28 March 2019 , Geography Dept., room F4.66 (VUB - Pleinlaan 2, BE-1050 Brussels, Building F) 12.00 -13.30h


The action-research project "BrusSEau, Brussel sensible à l’eau", studies the integration of alternative rainwater management methods in Brussels (Belgium), with the aim of increasing the resilience of the urban environment in the face of increasing flood risk. Joining together researchers, field actors and citizens, the project explores different approaches to develop this transition in direct collaboration with the inhabitants involved in the question of water: the Hydrological Community (HC). In the case of the renovation of the Abbey of Forest (Brussels-Capital Region), all approaches have been applied, thus addressing the issue through different aspects: technical, historical, architectural and social. The union of these elements has made it possible to bring out solid and coherent proposals, directly from the HC, and which result in a set of hydrological devices and landscape installations of low technological intensity within the public and private space. While constituting a robust advocacy for the added value of citizen knowledge in their own environment, this case study represents an opportunity to better integrate sustainable hydrological devices in order to limit the risk of flooding in an urban context.

Bio speaker:

Dimitri Crespin is a Scientific Collaborator at the HYDR Dept., associated with Pr. Boud VERBEIREN to the "BrusSEau" project. He has a background in geology and water engineering. He joined HYDR in December 2017 as part of the BrusSEau project, a multi-disciplinary cooperation, consisting of civil society (SGWB), hydrologists (VUB), (landscape) architects (ULB, Latitude, Arkipel), historians (ULB) and technical experts (ECOTECHNIC). This co-creative initiative involves direct collaboration with inhabitants at a local level as well as with city administrations within Brussels. Through his research he aims at the analysis of hydrological fluxes to understand and tackle inundations in a local urban context.