Islands of Brussels

19 March 2018

19-22 March 2018 Manège - Barracks Avenue de la Couronne 400. 1050 Ixelles
Islands of Brussels

Every year, the Architectural Engineering department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel organises an Architecture Week together with the student association bru:tecture. During this week many internal and public events are taking place, organised by researchers and students. This year the general topic is 'Islands of Brussels'.

Public events

3 public lectures and activities are being organised in the context of the Architecture Week of the students of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Each of these lectures and activities is linked with the general topic of 'Islands of Brussels'. Our students will do research on this topic for one week. You will find more information in the sections topic and workshop. We are very pleased to announce the following events. All lectures will take place in the former Barracks of Ixelles. Click on an event for more information.

  • Lecture: Leo Van Broeck
  • Film screening: Playtime, Jacques Tati
  • Panel debate: Islands of Brussels
    Panel: Caroline Pauwels, Kristiaan Borret
    Eric Corijn, Martin Casier


This year our students will do research on 'Islands of Brussels' during 3 workshops that take place during the Architecture Week. We describe 'Urban Islands' as places in the city that are very different from their surroundings according to function, morphology or appearance. Examples of such islands in Brussels are the Warande park, the Gare Midi, Tour & Taxis, the VUB campus in Etterbeek etc. The research will investigate and explore the relation between this kind of island and their surrounding environments. Can the islands' borders be seen as fracture lines or are the islands identifiable aspects of the urban fabric?

We are very pleased to have been given the opportunity to use one such island as the location for our the events. The former Barracks of Ixelles will be our home for one week. This place has never before been open to the public.

Please find more details as well as the programme of the event here: