- BUDA – General Considerations
2. First intentions – Urbanity through the void
« If a place can be defined as relational, historical and concerned with identity, then a space which cannot be defined as relational, or historical, or concerned with identity will be a non-place. Place and non-place are rather like opposed polarities : the first is never completely erased, the second never totally completed; they are like palimpsests on which the scrambled game of identity and relations is ceaselessly rewritten . But non-places are the real measure of our time ; one that could be quantified – with the aid of a few conversions between area, volume and distance – by totalling all the air, rail and motorway routes , the mobile cabins called ‘means of transport’ (aircraft, trains and road vehicles), the airports and railway stations, hotel chains, leisure parks, large retail outlets, and finally the complex skein of cable and wireless
networks that mobilize extraterrestrial space for the purposes of a communication so peculiar that it often puts the individual in contact only with another image of himself. »
Non-Places, Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity
Marc Augé, 1992
Within the industrial urban fabric, brands are everywhere, on every wall, on every corner. The only function of the street is to connect and coordinate these companies. Between them, the void allows to meet the functional requirements and thus generates a tension and a lack of interfaces with the public.
These lines of tension between public and private are not currently generating urbanity or interactions. They are mostly materialized by a fence marking the end of the public space – the street – and the beginning of a huge empty private space dedicated to the storage and to the loading of the trucks.
Some vacant buildings offer serious opportunities to diversify activities into a generic industrial urban fabric.
Manufacturing industries, sport facilities, cultural equipments and publics spaces are some examples of use we can think of. By working together, they could develop a new complexity and reject the private monofunctional land use.
3. Vision for the urban regeneration
The intention is to avoid the heavy territorial mono-functionnalism.
An enormous part of the territory is dedicated to the temporary storage and parkings or warehouses.
The absence of public space and public facilities into the concurrential capitalism model of ‘city’ seems to present a problem in a territory of transition.
The positionning in front of the generic industrial urban fabric is the diversification of activities managed by few punctual equipments.
Workers and residents, two opposite flows but still complementary could converge into universal facilities.
Sports installations, nursery, cafés, green areas can be examples of activities that can possibly proliferate.
4. Metabolism – Car Recycling
The territory of BUDA is composed of different activities, most of them linked to the automotive industry.
Spare parts resellers, second hand cars remarketers, car renters and mechanics manage the industry through a dispersive system.
The linear organization – metaphorical but also territorial – of these entities generate a one-to-one relation between the client and the server, with inputs and outputs out of the territory, in order to provide services at low costs.
Furthermore, in terms of land use and territorial organization, the two main watercourses (Canal and Zenne) give the direction of the main street.
An important horizontal sprawl is symptomatic of a necessity of storage.
5. FOBRUX – Hub for the automotive industry
Fobrux Haren was a metal foundry in the southern town of Vilvoorde, near to the border with Brussels, near Buda.
The foundry was founded in 1920 on the Harensesteenweg. Although the factory was on Vilvoorde territory, the name refers to Brussels, probably because of its familiar name. In addition, the distance from the center of Haren is smaller than that from the center of Vilvoorde.
In the years after its founding, the company expanded greatly from. There were mainly kitchen appliances and heaters produced as heaters.
During the World War II, the buildings were heavily damaged, so the production was stopped for a few years. The repair was only completed in 1948. The production was discontinued in 1970.
On the facade along the Schaarbeeklei, there is a large cemented inscription ‘Les Fonderies Bruxelloises’ and above, ‘Fobrux Haren’.