Residents of Luchtbal and Merksem and students of the Faculty of Design Sciences at the University of Antwerp spent a week thinking about a temporary interpretation of the area along the Ring.
They call it the “interval festival” and it was held for the second time in as many years last week. Before that, the shoulders along the ring will remain largely unused.
“During and after the construction of the Oosterweel connection, large parts of the ring will also be covered. In collaboration with the local residents of the districts of Luchtbal and Merksem, we envisaged a temporary use of the roadsides and future construction sites along the Ring ”, explains Nele Simons, project manager.
Along with local residents, the students went looking for a way to connect people from affected neighborhoods. “Temporary filling of yards and along yards can play a role in this regard. The question at the start of the project week was whether we were going to wait ten years until the roof was ready or would we use that space in the meantime? “
The results of the project week were presented in a small circle. “We hope Lantis, the connection manager for Oosterweel, is happy with our plan to temporarily fill the free space. In this case, they can always draw on the knowledge and ideas that we have gathered, ”explains Nele Simons.
The designs and ideas of the project group can be viewed on the Faculty of Design Science website and on their Instagram page.