Photos: Esmoreit Lutters
Toestand: Temporary use & urban planning
Together with BRAL and Brussels Academy we’re organizing a series of visits/debates about temporary use as an answer to the urban needs of today and tomorrow. Every Friday we’re focusing on a different aspect of temporary use (housing, culture, economy…) while visiting a different location/project (123 Logements, Studio Citygate, La Serre… ). After five visits, we’re closing this series of visits at our own project ‘Allee du Kaai’, where Bie Vancraeynest (Toestand), Toha De Brandt (Bral), Frederik Serroen (Brussels Chief Architect) and Boris Feron (Cabinet minister Vervoort) will talk about their own experience with temporary use.
Allee du Kaai: Apéro + Film: Héron City + Débat
Don’t go home immediately after the final debate about temporary occupations, because afterwards we’re screening ‘Héron City’, a documentary about a squat at Toison d’or avenue. The inhabitants have been asked to leave because of a new commercial center. When they refuse to leave, a fierce resistance follows with an abrupt and mysterious ending. After the film we’re organising a role-play about an imaginary squat that has to leave because of an imaginary commercial project by an imaginary real estate developer. Come and play along!
Fb: Apéro.Film.Débat “Loi anti-squat: repolitiser le débat?”
En partenariat avec / I.s.m. ‘Centre Vidéo de Bruxelles’
9/11 @ Allee du Kaai (20:00 – 21:30)
Marie Moskou: The best conditions/support for similar projects in public space? Let’s write a charter!
Working in public space isn’t always easy nor is the collaboration with administrators. With future projects in mind, we feel the necessity to look back and reflect on the administrative “support” we had with Marie Moskou. How can similar projects be optimally supported? We have our own modest experience but we like to add the experience of others. Active in public space? Come and reflect with us at 4/10 or 9/11. Subscribe by filling in this online document.
Biestebroek: Opening Biestebar
Biestebar, a cozy bar in the entrance area of BiestebroekBis, will officially open its doors next week. Come by for a drink, a book, a game of chess and especially for a nice conversation with your neighbors. (We love dialogue) Man or woman, small or large, everyone is welcome!
16/11 @ BiestebroekBis (18h – …)
Allee du Kaai: breakdown of ‘La Zinzinerie’
The biggest hangar at ALLEE DU KAAI is going to be demolished at the end of the year. After the last party, we’ll need your energy to help us break down the place and fill up the containers…
Fb: Aide au démontage Zinzanesk / Afbraakwerken in de Zinzinerie
12/11 – 13/11 – 14/11 @ La Zinzinerie
Allee du Kaai: Repair Café
Broken clothes, furniture, electronics… Don’t throw them away, but repair them at our ‘Repair Café’ with the help of our voluntary experts. Tools will be provided!
15h30 – 19h30
Fb: Repair café – Allee du Kaai
Allee du Kaai: Journée d’efants – Dag van de kleine
A day full of games, treats, music, etc.. for all Brussels’ kids (2 year – 10 year). For this festive occasion we’re collecting toys. This way every child can go home with a surprise. Have some unused toys at home? Bring them to Allee du kaai during our permanences (Wednesday/Friday 15h – 18h & Saturday 14h – 20h)
Saturday 15/12 @ Allee du Kaai (14:00-20:00)
Marie Moskou: Balthazar Cuisine!
For the first time Balthazar will activate our ‘Cuisine Mobile’, a mobile kitchen available for those who like to cook in open air. Curious about his cooking skills? Or would you like to help him recuperate food during the morning? Meeting at Carré Mocou!
Fb: Baltahzar Cuisine !
Recuperation: 10:00 – 11:00
Cooking/eating: 11:00 – 15:00
A brief flashback!
After a great opening party, our newest project BiestebroekBis has begun to roll! Follow their Facebook for weekly updates. Thank you to all the visitors and volunteers for the great start!
Another thank you!
Shout out to our partners, volunteers and visitors for the flea market at Allee Du Kaai, which was a success! We couldn’t have imagined it any better. (Special thanks to the sun for her presence)
Toestand International: Tetova, Macedonia 2018
On August 6th, we took off for Tetova with a group of about thirty Belgian volunteers. Our objective? To transform two abandoned spaces (indoor/outdoor) into a socio-cultural centre. In Tetova about ten Kosovar volunteers of Termokiss joined us, along with some friends from Switzerland and our local partner Democracy Lab. The result of one week of hard labour? A brand new space complete with a small library, a music room and a cosy skate park where you can also play chess and relax on the ‘hill to chill’. From the moment we left, locals started to add finishing touches while some youngsters were preparing graffiti drawings… It feels good to know that the socio-cultural space & skate park we created together are in good hands. Thanks to everyone involved for the hard work and the good energy!
For more pictures have a look at our Fb-page
Toestand: Get your own copy of Leegstond!
From now on, Leegstond is for sale in several bookshops. Among them is Passa Porta in Brussels, Copyright Bookshop in Ghent, De Groene Waterman in Antwerp and Amok in Aalst. Leegstond will also be available at the bar of Allee du Kaai, where you can have a drink, a great chat and, if you’re lucky, a signature by the author.
More info at www.leegstond.be
De Wereld Morgen, mei 2018
Van leegstand naar leegstond, maar dan letterlijk
Canvas, Culture Club, mei 2018
VZW Toestand: Masterclass Kraken
Apache, Lola Dirkx, mei 2018
Pleidooi voor zinvolle invulling van leegstaande ruimte
De Standaard, september 2017
Niet anti, wel anders
Ultimas, summer 2016
Toestand speech at Ultimas
Les Mecs, summer 2016
Toestand Mâche Pristina
Recto verso, december 2016 – januari 2017
Hoeveel samenwerkingen kan architectuur verdragen
De Standaard, 22.11.2016
Voor zolang het duurt
The Word Magazine, 03.05.2016
The Guardian, 01.04.2016
Hip-hop and rabbits: the youth group transforming Brussels’ vacant buildings.
Koppen, één, 16.03.2016
Creatief met leegstand.
Free style O, 27.02.2016
Aftermovie, Lara Fromont.
Allee du lapin, 2015
Konijn Rabbit Conejo Kanninchen Coelho at Allee du kaai.
Climate Express, 2015
Weekend in Brussels at Allee du kaai.
Recto Verso, 10.2015
Kraken, bewaken en benutten
New Europe, 06.05.2015
Pioneering temporary use in Brussels
De Morgen, 14.04.2015
Sociaal project Allee du kaai geeft Brusselse jongens ruimte in hoofdstad
Pakhuis De Zwijger, 28.03.2016
Allee du kaai, A place for spontaneity