Leefbuurt Ottenburg in Ruimte 56
One of our projects appeared in the last issue of Ruimte: "Een leefbuurt voor Ottenburg". The town center of Ottenburg is one of the seven districts that will be transformed into a Lively Neighborhood, with the support of the Team Vlaams Bouwmeester, Fietsberaad Vlaanderen and various experts.
Ottenburg's village center is exemplary of many other village centers in Flanders. Although it suffers from the pressure of traffic that passes through, it is located in a very green environment. This combination poses a fascinating challenge. It comes down to strengthening the village's identity, preserving its openness and greenery, while at the same time focusing on slow mobility and modal shift. Ottenburg was therefore selected for support in the Lively Neighborhoods project.
The design team made a thorough and broad analysis of the current context at all scales. From a strong reading of the bottlenecks and potentials, the starting points for the future vision were very clearly defined. In doing so, the team considers inclusiveness as an additional task: promoting a robust social fabric in the village core, for example by combining affordable and compact housing with intergenerational forms of housing.
Read the discussion of this trajectory by the project director of 'Leefbuurten' Eline Aerts here: