Leopoldpark | Nieuwpoort Belgium | Alain Cappelle

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The Leopold Park renovation is a case whereby creative planning and design can deal with some aspects of climate change.  A range of actions and techniques are available for managing flood risks in parks: green roofs, sustainable drainage, flood pathways, temporary water storage, or upland-land management. Strategies for managing high temperatures in green spaces can be the use of open water and water features, cool pavement materials and shade. Water reservoirs help to ensure sufficient water supplies during dry summers, or low-water-use-planting can reduce water demand. Vegetation management, including careful choice and placement of trees and vegetative cover, in combination with re-grading or re-inforcing of slopes, to reduce risk of erosion and landslips.

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Munthof Park | Antwerp Belgium | CLUSTER Landscape and Urbanism with ARA

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For years, square Munthof in the historical city center was an abandoned public garden, urgently in need of renovation. The place was known for its graffiti art works and was a favorite spot for drugs, junkies, vandalism. After a process of years with stakeholder participation from the neighborhood, the City of Antwerp organized a competition for a new park design.

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2012 In Review | September

Imagining the Lowline exhibit opened in September and gave us a small insight into the possibility of the space, MVRDV won the Floriade 2022 with Almere and OMGEVING showed us the reflective power of water during day and night with their Averbode Abbey Square project.

Imagining the Lowline exhibit opens

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Averbode Abbey Square | Scherpenheuvel-Zichem Belgium | OMGEVING

Averbode Abbey Square | Scherpenheuvel-Zichem Belgium | OMGEVING

Reflections on the Past and the Present in the Courtyard of Averbode Abbey 

In the summer of 2012 the recently rejuvenated courtyard of Averbode Abbey has opened its doors inviting everyone to enjoy its centuries-old architecture and Baroque church standing at its heart. These impressive buildings are literally reflected in the grand water mirror calmly sitting at the centre of the square. The large film of water, which is only a few centimetres deep, not only provides an alternative view of the surrounding buildings, but also welcomes the visitor to rest beside it on a nearby bench and enjoy its tranquil character or even walk in it during those rare hot Belgian days. Averbode Abbey’s historical role is thus recreated in its own courtyard by bringing together people of all ages from around the region.

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Pedestrian Bridge | Aarschot Belgium | West 8

Pedestrian Bridge | Aarschot Belgium | West 8

The first completed project of the urban renewal project ‘Aarschot on tracks’ is Pedestrian Bicycle Bridge by West 8. From now on, it serves not only as a ‘landmark’, but it also breaks the barrier effect of the rail tracks. It connects the city with its old and new parts. This pedestrian bicycle bridge over the tracks is now an indispensable link in the city cycle route. It becomes an essential part of the supra-local functional cycle network.
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