B-rel: Brussels Residential Environments and Life Perspectives

Research, Ongoing

A multidisciplinary inquiry into housing aspirations and perceptions of living conditions in the Brussels Capital Region

Interuniversity project with Pascal Dedecker (KU Leuven, Departement of Architecture) & Joke Bauwens (VUB, Department of Media and Communication Studies)

Ilot Picard Cohousing This research project starts from the observation that people from middle and higher income groups leave the Brussel Capital Region and that this erodes the fiscal base of the region. The overall aim of this project is to motivate these groups to stay in Brussels as well as to attract interesting newcomers. In this project we examine the actual dwelling environments in Brussels, but also the perception by people of Brussels as a living environment. These material and mental conditions are linked together by means of an analysis of socio-economic and cultural conditions that affect people’s decisions to move or stay. Within this research project, the objective of the Cosmopolis research team is to gain insight in people’s aspirations and motives to move/stay in/leave Brussels in relation to the dwelling  environments in those areas, mainly from an architectural and urbanist perspective.