The concept study ‘Campus Bret, Learning Landscape for the Twenty-First Century’, commissioned by the city of Genk, examines a residential neighbourhood on the eastern edge. Fourteen different schools are located here in an area of less than 0.5 ha. The close proximity of such a wide variety of educational offers – from primary schools to adult education, including arts, technical, practical and special needs schools – could form an important asset for the city. And yet the group of schools is perceived neither spatially nor socially nor pedagogically as a campus today. The concept study is a quest in how to respond to social and educational challenges through space and landscape. The end result is not a spatial master plan, but a spatial foundation for a continuous process in which a diversity of parties can be engaged.
In collaboration with anthropologist and pedagogue Ruth Soenen and Architecture Workroom Brussels, we mapped personal perceptions and user patterns through individual and collective talks with pupils, parents, teachers, technical staff, local residents, local associations, municipal services and other design agencies active in Genk. The resulting information was translated into ‘montages’ of potential transformation: images in which recognizable spatial and societal elements are combined with projected concepts. These images make it possible to visualize and discuss the idea of a ‘campus’ in its spatial, social and educational form. In a series of thematic workshops with a deliberately curated group of participants, those scenarios were then further developed, not only spatially, but also through the personal engagement of participants, whether pupils or principals, neighbours or city councillors.
City of Genk
Conceptual study for new social, spatial and educational concepts for the school campus Bret in Genk
In collaboration with
Architecture Workroom Brussels, Simply Community
Design based research and participation
Eva De Bruyn, Jonas Trittmann, Anton Parys, Dieter Leyssen, Freek Persyn
Educational, Social, Mobility, Infrastructure
Study budget (excl VAT)