Sustainable neighbourhood contract (CQD)
In 2017, the City of Brussels obtained the possibility of developing a Neighbourhood Contract (Contrat de quartier durable CQD) programme intended to renovate a perimeter between the North/South Junction, the Petite Ceinture (small ring) and the Palace of Justice. This perimeter includes the territory of Marolles, Brussels' emblematic working-class district. It is a densely populated district with a strong identity, where the participatory process we have implemented has been largely mobilised.
Organisation of a broad participatory process open to all stakeholders in the neighbourhood (residents, associations, traders, workers, residents, etc.) allowing the complete preparation of the basic dossier and the programming document for the neighbourhood's renovation.
For this mission, we set up an innovative participative process combining sociological survey, digital platform and occasions for meetings and citizen debates (walking diagnosis, creation of a physical model, citizen forums, themed workshops, online survey). The understanding of the challenges and the vision was therefore built collectively with local stakeholders. This mission demonstrates our office's capacity to build an urban and social vision for a neighbourhood in consultation with residents and users, in order to best integrate a public development project with a view to responding to local and regional challenges. On this basis, the project team developed a set of priorities, a vision for the neighbourhood's development and an operational programme of interventions to be constructed in the form of detailed project sheets.