• Modernist buildings of an architectural value
are in decline.
• The identity of a whole neighborhood around the station is affected by the marks of vacancy.
• The first impression of Brussels (and often Belgium) is one of decay.
Enough reasons to sign this petition, don’t you think? 😉
Let’s make more of Midi!
Ps: Vacancy is expensive!!
Vacancy tax of Saint-Gilles: 350m front wall X 6 floors (ground floor included)
= €7.7 million for 2017
= €44.5 million for the last 17 years
Carré Moskou, a place where we garden? Where we compost? Come over to Marie Moskou this Saturday 17/03 and figure it out yourself. Meet all kinds of local eco friendly initiatives and get inspired by their smart alternatives such as an urban compost, food recovery, green nursery etc.
In collaboration with Termokiss, Soshenko 33 and Happy Positiv!
Curious about our discussions, sayings, thoughts... at documenta 14 last summer? Come and get your copy at ALLEE DU KAAI! (free contribution goes to the Toestand international project 2018)
Can’t wait to have a physical copy? Have a read online: https://issuu.com/laurentgudel/docs/shapetheunknown
Text: everyone present at Documenta 14
Graphic Design: Laurent Güdel
Thanks to: Arbër Salihu, Dritëro Krasniqi, Eldena Dakaj, Gent Thaci, Gëzim Ramizi, Nikki Murseli, Njomza Dragusha, Cyrill Walker, Laurent Güdel, Maya Hottarek, Nicolas Raufaste, Nora Longatti, Philippe Flach, Roman Luterbacher, Alina Yakubenko, Anna Sorokovaya, Dobrinya Ivanov, Mitya Churikov, Sasha Dolgiy, Taras Kovach, Alexander Aerts, An Vandermeulen, Fatima Chakri, Gilles Gilles, Hazel Corthouts, Ine Meganck, Inca Garnica, Jan Sterckx, Juliana Lamelza, Kasper De Vos, Katja Möltgen, Kevyn Cochinaux, Kris Cuylits, Leo Dahmen, Loïc Ver, Louke Loco, Maika Garnica, Monne Huysmans, Mierien Coppens, Nadège Ribitzki, Niels Coppens, Pawel Klat, Pieter Gijssels, Rein Quartier, Renaud Tresnie, Xander Stragier, Adam Szymczyk, Andrea Linnenkohl, Ayşe Güleç, Benjamin Kiel, Daniel Neugebauer, Myrto Kakara, Sten Oyavee, Andrea Nehring, Aiko Okamoto, Gonzalo Angarita, Katja Kunst, Kurt U. Heldmann, Thomas, Sebastian Heitzmann, Sophia Djitli, Membrane, Unsere Villa
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Allee Du Kaai: Hip Hop O’Kaai 10/02
February 10th, Allee Du Kaai opens its doors to hip-hop fans. From 2pm you’re welcome to participate at various workshops (slam, dance, scratch, …). At the end of the day you’ll be able to enjoy a documentary screening of IAM followed by several concerts to discover local hip-hop artists. Keep an eye at our fb-page, more information is coming soon.
Toestand International 2018
Is there anything better than making summer plans during these cold and snowy days? Just like every year for the past three years, we will participate in an international project in July 2018. Our destination is not yet confirmed nor is the exact date, but we would like to get an overview of all interested volunteers.
Interested? Send a motivation letter to email@example.com in which you tell us who you are, as well as why you want to join the international project. The application deadline is December 22nd. Don’t forget to apply!
Biestebroek: We’re getting ready for BB-Bis!
While still brainstorming over Biestebroek’s future, we already like to mention that February will be a construction month. We will prepare our new location and take care of the electricity, fire safety, sanitary… Everyone is welcome to volunteer. Our new location currently remains a secret but more information is coming soon.
La Dalle: Winterfeest/Fête d’hiver
Homemade pizzas, a campfire, presents and many happy faces! At Friday 22th December we had a great Winter Party at La Dalle. We like to thank all attendees for the good vibes. Click here to see all pictures.
Allee Du Kaai: Time to be proud!
A group of youngsters that have been rehearsing at Allee Du Kaai for the last months won the first prize at the 17th edition of Festival Mimouna 2017. Now that they’ve won, they’re able to play their theatre piece ‘Carré VIP’ abroad at an international festival. Congrats!
Biestebroek: Photo book
To thank our partners, volunteers and everyone involved we made a selection of the best pictures of the past two years and put them all together in a booklet. Come and get your free copy at the flee market! If you are too curious or you can’t make it next weekend, you can have a look at our Facebook page. Click Here to check it out. Before getting on to the next topic, we would like to thank Frédérique Vansteenwijgen for taking most of the pictures!
Here we go again with a well filled newsletter since there’s a lot we`d like to share. For the first time Toestand received structural support from the VGC. We feel that a long- term vision is exactly what a city like Brussels needs (and what’s missing too often) and therefore we are very grateful for their support. It gives us the opportunity to look ahead and seize new opportunities. Click here for more information.
Moving in style!
Biestebroek is moving in less than one month. An end of an era, but at the same time the beginning of a new chapter. Obviously we won’t let this go unnoticed! Help us moving in style during the ‘verhuis festival du démenagement’ or just come over to celebrate. The festival consists of two parts: a flea market on the 9th of December and a moving-day on the 16th. Let’s give the old Pias-site the goodbye it deserves!
We’re still searching for a new location. Bruzz wrote an article about our search, Click here to find it.
Marie Moskou: Moskollectif
Marie Moskou proudly presents their youngest partner: Moskollectif. On December 10th, their collective compost officially takes off. The intention is to create a place where people living in the area of the Marie-Jonson square (carré Moskou) can deposit their organic garbage. After the process of decomposition, the resulting potting soil will be used at a communal vegetable garden that will focus mainly on growing zucchinis. We’re very happy with this useful, ecological initiative and of course it’s an excellent opportunity to get to know your sympathetic neighbours.
Feel like participating? Don’t hesitate to contact Arnaud: : +32485105968 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
About the anti squat law
From now on squatting is considered a crime in Belgium. It’s a fact that we are forced to face. A city in motion? All of a sudden the dynamic character of the city is reduced. This law touches the weakest layers of society, those who don’t ‘have’ but are ‘in need of’. It resolutely goes against our ideology. The first of November, a second demonstration will take place. Click here for more information.
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