Le Quartier Nord, une collection d’histoires
The Northern Quarter, a lively and heterogeneous district with a complex history, is often portrayed as desolate and problematic. This image makes it easy for project developers and politicians to push aside the social reality and go ahead with their own plans. The area is currently undergoing thorough transformations due to many large-scale projects.
Unfortunately, it is not clear to the residents and social organisations of the neighbourhood what exactly is going to happen, and who is behind what. Wouter De Raeve and Lietje Bauwens attempted to give an overview (and interpretation) of all the public and private plans that are projected onto the area. On 10 September 2021, 431 presented an initial overview of all private and public plans for the neighbourhood by means of the booklet Le Quartier Nord, une collection d’histoires at Kaaitheater during SOUS LES PAVÉS, HET STRAND / ONDER DE STENEN, LA PLAGE. It was a first step towards being able to create a Northern Quarter where social needs are still at the heart.
research 431 vzw | redaction Lietje Bauwens, Wouter De Raeve, Daan Milius, Koen Van Baelen | translation French Marie Beaumond | graphic design Bonsma & Reist, Bern/Brussels | photography fotografie Magnus | feedback Paula Almiron, Tine Declerck, Sarah De Laet, Jan Denoo, Bie Vancraeynest | the project took place within the framework of the program Sous Les Pavés, HetStrand/ Onder De Stenen, La Plage curated by Erika Sprey.