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How can we improve health and quality of life in Brussels?

Brussels Explained with Annekatrien Verdickt

During the lockdown, the City of Brussels decided to transform all the streets in the pentagon-shaped city centre into residential areas, which entailed the prioritisation of pedestrians and cyclists and a speed limitation for cars of 20 km/h. After a few months, this decision was partly revoked. What is the opinion of Annekatrien Verdickt, founder of Filter-Café-Filtré, with regard to these developments? What is the current situation concerning the air quality in Brussels? Do politicians come up with enough innovative solutions? Annekatrien Verdickt will give a presentation on liveability in Brussels, with a focus on the improvement of air quality and the promotion of soft mobility. 

Brussels Explained


deBuren, Curieus and The Bulletin joined hands with journalist Selma Franssen to organize an English edition of ´Moeilijke Dingen Makkelijk Uitgelegd´ with a focus on Brussels. And in these times of social distancing we can fortunately also circulate knowledge online. Every Wednesday in September and every Tuesday in November we invite an expert to give a presentation on a complex topic, followed by questions from the audience moderated by Selma Franssen on Facebook Live. Each explainer will also be published as a podcast on the website in the week following each live session, for those who do not wish to use Facebook.


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Hoe kunnen we onze gezondheid en levenskwaliteit in Brussel verbeteren?


Annekatrien Verdickt geeft een presentatie over leefbaarheid in Brussel, met een focus op de verbetering van luchtkwaliteit en het stimuleren van zachte mobiliteit. Er zijn sinds de lockdown maatregelen genomen zoals het implementeren van woonerven in de vijfhoek (en de verkleining daarvan een paar maanden later) en het beperken van parkeergelegenheid in het centrum. Hoe kijkt Annekatrien, als oprichter van Filter-Café-Filtré, naar deze ontwikkelingen en hoe is het op dit moment gesteld met de luchtkwaliteit? Komen politici wel met voldoende innovatieve oplossingen om de luchtkwaliteit te verbeteren? 

Free of charge via Facebook Live. For those people who don´t use social media: each explainer will also be published as a podcast by Yelena Schmitz on the website after each live session. A shorter version of each explainer will also be broadcast in the fall of 2020 on the radio hour of the Bulletin on Bruzz (weekly on Sunday at 12:00 – 13:00).

Annekatrien Verdickt is an architect and co-directs a Brussels-based firm with her partner. Their diverse architecture projects contribute to more sustainable urban metabolism, such as sustainable urban logistics and integrated urbanism. Additionally, Annekatrien founded  Filter-Café-Filtré and Filter Café Atelier, a citizen organisation and design studio dealing with sustainable mobility, safety, liveability, health and qualitative public space.  Filter Café Atlelier mobilizes the power of imagination and design in a constructive plea for a more liveable city.

Organisation: deBuren, Curieus, The Bulletin, Selma Franssen and Yelena Schmitz
Moeilijke Dingen Makkelijk Uitgelegd
Politiek & samenleving
Wetenschap & geschiedenis

Dit evenement vond plaats op dinsdag 24 november 2020

via Facebook Live, ONLINE

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Follow the lecture via Facebook Live! dinsdag 24 november 2020 19:30 - 20:00