Brussels urban planning competition for the European Quarter: extracts from the joint press conference by Siim Kallas and Charles Picqué, Minister-President of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-060777   Duration: 10:47:37  Lieu:
End production: 05/03/2009   First transmission: 05/03/2009
The winner of the urban planning competition for remodelling the main axis of the European quarter is the project submitted by the international and interdisciplinary team composed of Christian de Portzamparc (France), Jacques Wirtz (Belgium), Coteba Belgium and OVE ARUP (Great Britain). The winning team has now four months to develop its draft and shape the new face of the European quarter. 35 teams stood as candidates for this competition organised by the Brussels-Capital Region, in close partnership with the European Commission and the City of Brussels. The final choice fulfils the specifications of the competition: to create an original urban form bearing a strong and symbolic identity for Europe, to carry forward a convivial and environmentally-friendly city project combining offices and housing, and giving priority to soft transport modes.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:44:42 Title 00:00:04
10:44:47 Exterior view of the European Commission building 00:00:06
10:44:53 General view of the press conference room 00:00:06
10:44:59 SOUNDBITE (in English) by Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud: We should do something as this quarter is made of 80% of offices, there aren't enough green areas, enough apartments, and there is no good visibility for the centre of European institutions. 00:00:19
10:45:18 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:45:24 SOUNDBITE (in English) by Siim Kallas: The idea is to make a symbolic centre for the European Commission and European institutions, but there is no question of concentrating more offices or people here; it is a question of reorganizing this quarter to make it more human and spectacular. 00:00:22
10:45:46 SOUNDBITE (in French) by Charles Picqué, Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region: The main idea is to change the single functional nature of the quarter (as it is mainly made up of offices) into a more mixed area. 00:00:27
10:46:13 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:46:19 SOUNDBITE (in Dutch) by Charles Picqué: The green areas will be developed, with priority, for pedestrians, bicycles and public transport; the works will be done within a spread period of 15 years but there is no question of starting with a "tabula rasa" (scrap and build) 00:00:43
10:47:02 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:47:08 SOUNDBITE (in French) by Charles Picqué: We are planning to reorganize 'la rue de la Loi", with an access to public transport, lane roads in both direction for cars and green areas. 00:00:26
10:47:34 Cutaway 00:00:03
10:47:37 Charles Picqué announcing the winner of the competition, with a picture of the project behind him. 00:00:11
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