Project

Urban Waterfront, Aalst

This project sets guidelines for the transition of the formerly industrial area along the riverfront of Aalst. We helped define a new urban identity to express the city’s renewed relationship with the river. A toolbox was developed including a spatial framework and financial and legal instruments. Together the spatial framework and financial and legal instruments create a powerful working model for public-private collaboration; toward the creation of a new mixed-use urban environment. The masterplan proposes a clear and continuous structure of public spaces, green river banks, and esplanades. An alternating sequence of pockets, squares, and parks sets the stage and creates value for new development. The sequence of spaces maintains public views, physical connection to the river, and links different neighborhoods. On the quays and squares, pedestrians spaces are large, car traffic is limited. In addition, two new pedestrian bridges connect the left and right bank of the river.

Location
Aalst, Belgium

Client
Urban Waterfront, Aalst

Year
2016

Type
Concept

Area
500000m2

Program
mixed, public, landscape, infrastructure, residential

Team
Marcel Smets, Hendrik Bloem, Heinrich Altenmueller, Alexander D’Hooghe

Collaborators
Ernst & Young, GSJ Lawyers

Cap the highway through Antwerp

North Sea Archipelago