Flanders faces the challenge of transforming its cities and villages into sustainable communities. Posad is one of five parties the Flemish government architect has selected to help the region take its first step in this process. Over the next three years, we will produce ‘spatial scans’ outlining the opportunities and obstacles facing various municipalities.
The sustainability transition
Flanders’ spatial model is characterised by scattered low-density housing, a high number of detached dwellings, a heavy use of space, and low mobility efficiency. This model has a negative effect on the climate and energy crisis. The Flemish government architect therefore aims to change the use of space as part of the region’s transition to sustainability.
The scans will help local authorities to embark on this task. Each municipality will receive a quick multidisciplinary audit providing insight into its spatial and policy-related strengths and weaknesses. The tool will also suggest solutions for making the shift to a more pleasant, healthy and inclusive living environment.
We will begin by making scans for Kortemark, Lier and Sint-Martens-Latum this autumn. In spring 2019 we will turn our attention to Lede, Bocholt and Halle. Other cities and villages will follow. Posad is receiving assistance with the scans from expert parties includingGeneration.Energy (climate and energy), v-eld (landscape), Deltares (water and subsurface) and 2DVW (architecture).