Densification strategy for the 20th century belt in Antwerp, Belgium. The project explores the possibilities to use densification to realize a reappraisal of spatial quality and the level of facilities in these neighborhoods. Departing from the concept of “micro-centrality”, the strategy is centered on the punctual development of service centers around new and existing micro-centralities. By means of new micro-centers, the existing monofunctional residential areas are transformed into attractive and recognizable urban areas with a greater diversity of services. Through research-by-design, a number of these micro-centralities were elaborated.
The results of the project form an important base for the urban regeneration strategy for the 20th century ring of Antwerp, that aims to strengthen both the structure of the immediate environment as well as the regional dynamics.