The Oosteroever Ostend (BE) played a very important role in the formation of the city in the past. Even today it constitutes a strategically located economic site, of considerable size, along the waterfront and a short distance from the historic city center. The site is facing a profound transformation. Many initiatives and studies are underway.
There is a need for an integral strategy that focuses not only on creating ‘space’ for new forms of economy (for example, circular economy) or a broadening of functions (social program), but on creating networks of actors and creating spatial conditions that ensure support for a sustainable urban development with strong cohesion and identity.
This report describes two phases of research. First, it starts with a thorough analysis from which an exercise is made to possible substantive vocations of the area. The possible vocations are refined with the help and input of various actors . It was necessary to build this incrementally because this formed the basis of the design research in the second phase. The purpose of this design research was to look for a flexible, circular and future-proof infill for the Oosteroever Oostende.
Source: BUUR Part of Sweco