New plan for the Lübecksite

The Lübeckstreet is located next to the Afrikalaan in Ghent. The street was in fact a small neighborhood that is enclosed by the old docks. This characteristic post-war neighborhood consisted of about forty identical bungalow houses built in 1961. From the outside they all looked very uniform and perhaps pretty boring.

The Belgian photographer An Denteneer was allowed to visit the residents before the houses got demolished in 2016, and proved with her photos that this alleged dullness disappears like snow in the sun once you have passed the threshold of a bungalow on the Lübeckstraat.

The abandoned site of Lübeck will be refilled with a temporary use project that starts up in the Summer of 2018.

Several partners will coproduce this temporary implementation. Each partner will be responsible for a separate part of the site (see below the new situation plan I made). During the course of the project, the new partners are free to submit and look for new partnerships in order to make optimum use of the site.

Currently the current partners are: De Levensbloem, Mekkerland, Het Spilvarken and das Kunst in collaboration with the youth service of the City of Ghent. The site is ideal for setting up an educational park with alternative constructions for housing, socio-cultural coproductions, an animal farm, an adventurous playground, a permaculture garden, community gardens and so much more.

One ambition is to reconnect young and old with each other and nature. The Lübeck site is an outdoor space for experiment, innovation and above all wonder. It is a learning, creative, playful, social, ecological and sustainable oasis on the outskirts of Ghent.

Important are the pillars accessibility, low threshold, creating opportunities, co-creation and participation.