Yesterday, on the first snowy day of the year, they’re kicked out because the house is declared “uninhabitable” by the municipality. What about the snowy streets? How uninhabitable are they??
Result: An abandoned house and families on the streets during the coldest period of the year. 👏
Pepijn Kennis interviewed by Zwijgen is geen optie!
More info about ‘De wet Onkelinx’ in our book ‘Leegstond’ at page 58 (Unfortunately currently only available in dutch)
Allee du Kaai: Claim our quay!
Allee du Kaai’s outside spaces can use some extra activities for this spring and summer. Especially the cobble quay alongside the canal because soon there won’t be cars passing by anymore. (hooray!) So if you’d like to open a permanent plant market, a vegetable garden, or if you’d like to fill the quay with inflatable swimming pools… It’s possible! Can you feel the ideas coming up? Send a mail to email@example.com. We’re looking forward to hearing your suggestions!
Allée du Kaai: Singa Blabla
Allée du Kaai has a new partner! On Thursday evening everybody is welcome to join a Singa BlaBla gathering. Singa Blabla brings new citizens in contact with other citizens, so they can meet new people and practice French/Dutch in an informal way. This activity is free and open for all. You don’t have to register in advance. Just pass by!
Toestand: Women in public space
Our aim is always to create (or contribute to) places in the city where everybody feels welcome and free to be themselves. But our experience tells us that there’s still a long way to go, not only regarding equality of origin, class or religion but also regarding gender equality, especially in public spaces. Therefore we would like to organise a week that focusses on women in public space and everything that goes along. Since we’re no experts ourselves, we would like to involve as many organisations and individuals who feel related to this topic. Interested in contributing and making this week as interesting as possible? Come over to our first gathering to discuss all of this.
19/12 @ Allee du Kaai
10:00 – 12:00 or 18:00 – 20:00 (depending of de availability of the people who like to join)
Toestand: Website survey!
One of our good intentions for this new year is to have a website where everybody can find what they look for. Seems like a good objective, right? But to improve our website, we first need to know what our visitors are looking for (and who they are). Therefore, we created an online survey both in Dutch and French. We invite everyone to fill it out, so we can get a clear view on the needs and wants of our (future) visitors. You don’t have to know Toestand very well to share your opinion with us. All input is helpful.
Once a month we’re having an artistic building apero at BiestebroekBis where we invent, create, experiment and build all together. It’s the perfect moment for creative minds to improve their DIY skills. Last month we built a cinema lightbox, this month we will work on a sound studio in an old cravan.
Allée du Kaai: Macramé Workshop
You’ve probably seen them already, those pretty knotted ropes to hang plants in. And you know what? They’re not difficult to make at all! On Saturday 12 January we will teach you how to make your own macramé. You are welcome from 2 pm to 5 pm.
BiestebroekBis – Winter Flee Market
A new year so… time for something new? Early spring cleaning? Our winter flea market is in any case the ideal opportunity to make someone else happy with your unwanted gifts. Would you like to reserve a sale stand? Send a mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2/02 @ BiestebroekBis
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