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PORTFOLIO Architecture & Urbansim 2018

Lucas LERCHS


CASTRUM Localisation: Chastre, Belgium Program: 100 housing units Collaborators: B. Colcomb, L. Del Marmol, E. Lam, D. Stassin Date: Spring 2014


The many villages of the South of Belgium have today, for a big part, a similar morphology. There are indeed articulated around an hydraulic network, vital to an human implantation, and, in addition a pedestrian and road network. Those rivers and streams are passing trough almost all the areas constructed by humans. Accros the countryside of Belgium we frequently observe this contradictory situation: the water, the vital condition for human implantation, is rejected at the back of the construct field for hygienic reasons. In many occasions in the past, the nuisance caused by the rejection of used water and the flooding have pushed the constructors to stay away from those potential dangers of the hydraulic networks, even if there were essential. The streams, following their way down trough the hills of the countryside are especially affected by human pollution. Most of those looks more like open-air sewers than healthy ecosystems. The accumulation of sludge, the isolation of the river banks are preventing the reach of natural light; additional to this, the absence of macrophytes plants unfortunately doesn’t allow those to naturally digest the pollution’s mass which are injected daily. The solution chosen for a densification is to use those opportunities of implantation by reevaluating those spaces, that seem unhealthy or inconstructible by installing a water network plan formed by a dam implanted at the valley bottom. Indeed, by extending the water surface and by slowing down the stream, it promotes the reconquest of the surroundings by native vegetation, macrophyte plants with high evaporation, and through this, decrease pollutant’s concentration. Just creating a series of dams in Chastre-Perbais topography provides an answer on three scales; the territory: through the purification of water and significant buffer formed in regard to the flow discharged by the storms; density: through implementation of habitations on these newly reactivated lands and the landscape: reshaped by dams habitation induce a famous and poetic scale ratio between the water and the built, reminding habited bridges and other aqueducts. Housing units proposed are therefore as real art pieces, with a construction composed sometimes by cross-walls pierced by a bridge forming the access to housing and welcoming architectural loggias on the floors out of the inner insulated boxes , sometimes by a wall. The north façade form the dam to the water by overflow, and is pierced by a window frame imposing a contemporary neutrality to the landscape. Within them stands a fish trap that starts with the crosswalls that host some poetical lifts for the migratory fishes. Water is literally combed by raw concrete structures with a mannerist finish. A smaller volume of services discreetly placed on the side of this imposing construction, refines the progression of scale between the village and its newcomers. Sometimes we find the imaginary resonance with works of the past aforementioned vectors of a verified imagery, sometimes interacting with rural mammoths that are farms, grilse and industries, sometimes burying in the section of the constructions. Proceeding with a rational will, the proposed constructions derive their essence in transfiguring the places that host them by imposing a mineral silence.


ARS MATER Localisation: Golden Horn, Istanbul Organization: LOCI- UCL Collaborator: J. Gilson (master plan) Program: University of Arts Date: Fall & Spring 2016


Mother of Arts A refuge area Istanbul, mega-city of more than 14 million population lives in the shadow of a potential imminent disaster. Located at only 20km from the merge of the Eurasian and Anatolian tectonic plates - Eurasian fault. The city has always been exposed to earthquakes of great magnitude. These occur, in average, once a century, but it did not happened in Istanbul for the past 200 years. Scientists are formal and are alerting the government: such a high fatality in the coming years requires prevention. Today, with the city so badly prepared, the threat cannot be ignored, it has to be a fundamental element in the genesis of any new architectural project in the area. In this context, the implementation of the project was determined by a research on potentially "refuge" sites for after and during an earthquake. The implementation of this project was designed after an inventory of all available shelters zones, with accurate sizing of all the post-disaster master plan elements that are immediately required (field hospital, evacuation zones,...) and an analysis of the characteristics of each identified refuge area. Based on these criteria the plot of the old Tophane harbour was chosen for its current status: a large area, inaccessible to the public, with good potential for land, air and sea access. Its flat topography is a benefit for the necessary facilities infrastructures, and its strategic location on the Golden Horn improves the management of the rescue flows. The university as a political refuge In a context where political opponents and the medias are muzzled, the daily life of Istanbul residents suffer from diverse form of control. A cultural capital similar to Istanbul essentially needs spaces where they can have freedom of speech, freely rethink their society, and generate the necessary meetings to organize in raising a real democracy. The project proposes a monumental building front, occupying a place at the city scale, to become the symbolic place where this freedom of expression can take place. The world of arts has for centuries followed and welcomed free thinkers opposed to authoritarian regimes, in Istanbul once again the University of the Arts will play this role. The chosen site gives back its important role & place to the oldest Art University of Istanbul, today dislocated and scattered in the city maze. In addition, this site develops the old quay, which are today unused and forbidden to the public. In a metropolis which sees everyday more struggles to keep it’s public spaces free of privatisation pressure, these quays represent a unique opportunity to give to citizen of Istanbul access their city’s veins.


The isolation degree In its desire to be the support of a new artist generation, the project offers no more convetional spaces to elaborate their works. Focused on inter-exchange and the most complete encounters of these various faculties, the project re-articulates all the necessary spaces by various degrees of isolation and various types of use. Through the rhythm of the floors and of the various creation stages, the building bar is scalable: it offers a brutal and frank relationship with the public space that tends towards a sense of escape or a sense of isolation, as more one goes up towards the roof. The work of the building’ skin is meant to be the result of all this work of light intake. So, the University’s circulations are placed in the bar central portions in order to release the facades from traffic. The facades are therefore the realization of these light searches in large concrete shells unsystematically drilled. So, these large trays offer a maze of different atmospheres, from individual microcosm to generous public areas, to offer every individual the possibility to appropriate himself or herself a place which they feel prosper to learn or teach.


ouvidor 63 Localisation: Sao Paulo downtown, Brazil Organization: LOCI- UCL Guidance: R. Pleintickx Readears: C. Fontaine, J. Stevens Program: Master thesis Date : Spring 6


Ouvidor 63, la culture comme vecteur d’occupation Ouvidor 63, the culture as a vector for occupation The central area of Sao Paulo holds an impressive number of empty buildings and vacant places. Moreover, the issue of housing in the center of São Paulo – due to the steep increase of rents and the continuous increase of basic furniture’s – is getting worse every day. Especially this year, with the World Cup and the Olympics coming next year, the cost of living is rising dramatically. Every day, more and more people in Brazil can no longer afford to have a roof. As a consequence, the city gives birth to popular movements, fighting for the right to have a decent place to live, occupying those empty spaces. All these buildings were not all housing buildings before, some have been offices, hotels or even abandoned factories. Theses spaces need rehabilitation and an adaptation, even those that were housing before. The new populations they’ll host have different preoccupations. The purpose of this project is to analyze one of those occupations in the center of Sao Paulo, make a study of it and, after understanding the needs and the occupant’s mode of living, propose an architectonic project, at low cost and realizable with the occupants and their respective skills. The feasibility criteria is here key/essential. This building chosen here was the cultural center’s office of Sao Paulo. It was abandoned for more than 30 years. During all this time, several occupations and reintegration of the buildings took place, a never ending social fight still vivid today. From one year, a new occupation is in place, and this one is around an artistic project to reinvent this cultural emblematic place. This dynamic community organizes exhibitions, presentations, art & music classes, performances, happenings, thrift shops, live music concerts, multi-artistic events, and artist’s collective exhibitions; the occupation gives a residence for all those artists. The project includes all the activities presented above plus the ones still to come – still in project phase. The main idea here is to create at each floor – from the 1st to the 13nd – a balanced combination of artistic activities and housing. Each floor is truly specific and holds a particular atmosphere, mixing activities and people from different horizons, and giving them a chance and a place to freely express their creativity.


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occupied building empty building


Scheme of occupation mouvements distribution

occupied building empty building


This study made it clear that, in the case of the last occupation of Ouvidor 63, culture, or rather the cultural project to revitalize the historic center of SĂŁo Paulo played a fundamental role in the success, longevity and relative stability of the occupation. This project has established links and dynamics between the occupants, the city and an their ideology. These three elements are not only in phase, but feed each other thus creating an autonomous and self-sufficient entity. This system has such a gravitational inertia that it continues to turn as the founders of the artistic occupation and the original project have left the occupation for more than a year. The cultural project has weakened somewhat, but all other factors - organization, hybrid occupation patterns, and artistic activities - have remained unchanged. This stability, in this hostile environment and in perpetual change, is a performance in itself. It is probably due to the fact that all share this urban (counter-)culture that they have the feeling to participate in History - their history, the cultural revitalization of the historical center they live their city through this ideology. For some of these people, they are the only anchorages they have left. This urban culture is part of the occupation, it binds all members together to a common aspiration. Their artistic activities are part of this movement and the city is there, ready to consume their art and to share the night. The strength of Ouvidor 63 is that its members are moved and bound by a desire, a motivation and a common ideology. The organization had the wisdom to impose only the minimum of rules of life and to limit the constraints as much as possible. They were right, with all that link them, nothing needs to be added. This occupation, as a hybrid model, supported by an urban cultural ideology, seems to be particularly well suited to its environment and its era. But it does not hold its destiny in its hands, everything can tilt, rehabilitation, a major project for the city center would annihilate everything. Ideology could also change or disappear, but it would take longer.


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slachthub Localisation:Dam, Antwerp Organization: Strategic Spatial Planning Studio, MasHS, KUL Collaborators: C.Mayalian, E.Diez, E. G. Costas Program: Revitalizing the Dam Date: Fall 2017


The Dam neighbourhood is today in a crucial moment of his history. A new master plan for the redevelopment of the area is going to be approved this year, 2016. Consequently, a Land Use Plan will be de ned (RUP). The Dam neighbourhood was once an important industrial area of the city. It grew thanks to its position into the city and its good connection to the urban infrastruc- tures. This is where the slaughterhouse was built and this acted as a leverage to de- velop the dam area. Through the development of the area, the slaughterhouse gave the inhabitants an identity. Its past legacy and identity would not have been as strong as it is without the slaughterhouse. Nevertheless, this whole urban infrastructure is today unused and forgotten. The new Masterplan - in the process of being approved – does not take into account the major importance that this slaughterhouse used to be in and for the city. The dif- ferent actors and developers have failed by denying and ignoring the slaughterhouse as a legacy from the industrial past and a strategical element for the neighbourhood’s future. With this Manifesto, we want to shift this paradigm, this logic. We want to put the most important element of the Dam’s neighbourhood under the spotlight, the one that gave the neighborhood his identity: the ‘Slachthuis’. This claim goes along with a deeper understanding of what a city should always have: industry. This makes the city more resilient and adaptable to the economic crisis. Hence more socially equal. It provides employment and opportunities for the workers and enterpreneurs. The most important cities have grown along an industrial and economic develop- ment, like Antwerp and the Dam neighbourhood. Today they need to look at the future in the same way. Considering that industrial activities and infrastructure as a key asset for their future. Nowadays, looking at the models of other Europeans cities, we nd that they try to keep an industrial tissue within the city itself, providing spaces, infrastructures and connections. Industry is a vital part of the rich economic and urban fabric of a vibrant city. Madrid, Copenhagen or Brussels are developing models in which their industrial heritage areas get a new future. These old infrastructures are suitable to be reused for new economic activities that provide employments for a constantly growing popula- tion. Hence keeping the city with a good balance between life and work. We are today in the decisive moment, and this is the reason of this manifesto. We aim to create a debate about the use of the old slaughterhouse of the Dam neighbourhood. This industrial infrastructure - urban heritage from its glorious past - is being con- stantly forgotten from all the actors involved, suffering a real pressure from real estate actions. We believe that this key infrastructure can be the economic engine that contributes to the renewal of the Dam. The identity of the Dam needs to be reinforced to boost its economy. We have here all the elements in place. We just need to see them as our best opportunity for the future, learning from our past. ‘WE CLAIM THE ‘SLACHTHUIS’ SITE AS THE ENGINE OF DAM, A HUB, A SLACHTHUB!’


The city of Antwerp is at the forefront in the search for innovation in terms of new economy and new industries. These initiatives are grouped around several campaigns as ‘Stadslab’ engaged and organized by the city or ‘Divercities, Turas, Urbact’ (THE EU campain) at an European scale. The northern districts of Antwerp, rich from their multi-culturality and their dense population in search of employment, are kept out of these initiatives. Nevertheless, we are convinced that these neighbourhoods are the most suitable for welcoming and giving support to these hopeful projects capable of revitalizing such neighbourhoods through their ambitious programs. We can recognize in the various initiatives created in Antwerp remarkable poles that shows us the guidelines of a future economy. Thus, sectors such as textile, food and the ecological are almost omnipresent in the current innovation programs. Our goal is to create an infrastructure capable of hosting such projects in the Dam neighbourhood. We are convinced that bringing together so many innovative projects can create a new momentum between not only within these various indus- tries b ut as well between the neighborhood and in the city of Antwerp.

The development our campaign through: our Manifesto, interviews & poster can be seen on the website of the slacht HUB: slachthub.wixsite.com/slachthub


The population is our greatest resource In a world where the urban population will increase more than 70% by 2050, the population has to be considered as an asset, rather than a liability, as an engine for sustainable societies. People are at the core of the development of a city, of a coun- try and in larger scale of the world evolution by producing and developing various facilities and services. Like we do protect our natural resources, we do have the same responsibility to consider our human capital with the greatest care and ensure liveability for people as a way to attract and maintain them in a city, neighbourhood. The diversity is an asset for the growth of the city European cities are more diverse than ever before, therefore nowadays there are var- ious ongoing studies nanced by different institutions, as the European commision, that intend to provide evidence on the positive contribution of diversity to social cohesion and equality. Because of that, the goal is to recognise urban hyper-diversity as a positive factor. (https://www.urbandivercities.eu/, 2016) Dam population; a diamond in Antwerp With a high density, the population of the Dam is becoming younger and more diverse as a result of migration and rising birth rates in comparison to the ageing population in the city. Based on the facts that the population is the greatest resource a city has, and that the diversity represents an asset for the economic growth, we are convinced that the Dam neighbourhood, thanks to the most growing working-age workforce rate, possesses the key for boosting the economy in the region of Antwerp. Therefore, we are convinced that the population of the Dam neighbourhood is the beating The heart of Antwerp.


ANCHIETA Localisation: Grajau, Sao Paulo, Brazil Organization: Master of Human Settlements (MaHS), KUL Guidance: B. de Meulder, J. Stevens Collaborators. C. Custine, A. Larsimont Program: Post-Master thesis Date : Spring 2017


(Pre)Occupying Anchieta Building Urban Inclusion in Peripheral São Paulo As many metropolis in the global south, peripheral neighbourhoods proliferate around São Paulo. These communities often suffer from marginalization in physical, as much as in social terms. Grajaú, in the South of Sao Paulo, is such a peripheral self-build districts, developed over time by claims for rights to the city. In this context, the community of Anchieta emerged in 2013 from the occupation of a private and environmental protected land. The owner of the land, a social institution that fights for the improvement of the peripheral communities' education is daily preoccupied with improving everyday living conditions of the community. The large NGO aims to build towards a peripheral living environment that respects the natural landscape, improves socio-economic conditions and offers opportunities for developing professional skills and education. This project tries to learn from the Anchieta occupation its particular context how stigmatized peripheral dwelling environments can be improved towards more inclusive urban settings. The project is organized in three distinct lenses of the (pre)occupied site, analysing the environmental context, the built fabric and the social environment. This way, the research and design project seeks to illustrate the complex problematics of coexistence and interdependence in the peripheral city in the making, and allows for more inclusive future design scenarios to be imagined. These three lenses are tested out in three particular readings of the site, iterating between analysis and project. The first chapter takes a look at the Anchieta occupation ‘from above’, in a cartographic analysis. The second part unfolds a look ‘from below’, developing an interpretative mapping that stems from specific trajectories on and through the site. In part three, the site is revisited through a design exploration.


Tributaries analysis


Water low analysis


Project proposal Water collect & treatment


Collecting areas/ Exceptional water system

Filtering zones/ Basin system

Distributing networks/ Daily water system


Vegetation analysis / Protected area


Maria & Sebastao’s former house on the forest border

Maria & Sebastao’s new house on the other side of bloco Zone declared green protected area

Maria & Sebastao’s vegetable garden loss


Project proposal Vegetation reforestation


Protective zones/ Vegetal corridor

Filter zones / Productive plantations areas

Reconnecting zones/ Vegetation gateways


Map of theregistered favelas & their topographical localisation


Map of the surrounding urban morpholgy


Build tissue / Evolution maps


Build tissue / Cluster analysis

Mapping of dwelling


Project proposal / Housing develomment


Housing ensembles

Housing cluster

Housing row

Plan ground loor

Plan 1st loor


Project proposal / Educative pole


Project proposal / Phasing Phase I

Phase II

Phase I


III

Phase IV

Phase V

Illustrated legend of each phases’ interventions


GRound zero Localisation: Brussels North disctrict, Belgium Organization: Master of Science in Urbanism (MaUSP), KUL Guidance: B. de Meulder, V. d’Auria, R. Daher Collaborators. S. Marchand,M. Tomulescu Program: Post-Master studio Date : Fall 2018


GROUND ZERO Deforming the Existence In the past, the city has sacrificed the inhabitants of Brussels North to serve the metropolitan project. Decade after decade, this strategic enclave became a land divided through countless entities. Nowadays, the North Quarter is an ambiguous place, where governances overlap, where the overload of rules becomes contradictory. A land of borders defining a no man’s land. An incoherent whole making room for interpretation. Compiled by many vacant constructi ons and a socio-spatially isolated population, the north district is at the momentum for fundamental changes. Developing the local strengths, playing with the legal frames and revealing the spatial qualities of the area, the Ground Zero project redefines the North Quarter as a zone for experimentation. Acting through a deformation process, the project aims to unfold the elements that currently compose a barrier for inhabitant’s emanticipation. A radical approach that has the advantage of offering new perspectives to all actors - at all power levels – by using the project to create coalitions hitherto unexpected to other the North Quarter his retribution.


The metropolitan scale The development of the canal provided the instrument for the city of Brussels to become the capital of Belgium. As a strategic element, the Canal is strongly linked with the industrial expansion of the city. Thanks to its central position on the continent and its accessibility facilities, the young metropole became, over time, the capital of Europe. This double status and its economic development has attracted waves of immigration to the small capital, conferring today the status of second most cosmopolitan city in the world. The surrounding scale The ‘poverty croissant’ of Brussels - developed as a result of the post-deindustrializa on crisis from the 1960s - has never been absorbed by social policy measures. Being the most precarious area of the capital, this region host a concentration of immigrant population that has been living there ever since and whose socio-economic emancipation is without prospects. Contrasting with the flourishing south of Brussels, this precarious zone structures a dual capital where socio-economic contrasts divide the population, generating the stigmatization of certain neighborhoods. The neighborhood scale The North Quarter has suffered drastic changes to serve the metropolitan project. The local scale was never taken into account. It’s the area where the backsides of three municpalities come together, the area which is bordered by all different kind of law regulations, the area that serves as the transit zone for the wealthy and the poor. It’s a piece of city which is at its momentum to rethink and re-elaborate what the role and needs of a neighborhood are into the metropolitan scale.


The area can extract potentials from the past it suffered from. Anchored in the compact center of the expanding capital, this void of hybridity is a call to generate productive space for its whole context. The void is not solely considered as a spatial and physical factor, but includes social issues and political neglects.


The ambivalence of the region has been built up over me. Throughout its evolu on this strategic zone has been a ributed innumerable statutes that transformed it into a barren land. The overlap of scales, the numerous barriers, the different administrations made it into a hybrid piece of land, delimited and divided. The North District, a land of borders. In the intersticial space, a residual no man’s land gives room to claim, to manipulate, to pass between the cracks of contradictories rules.At the moment of creating this giant no man’s land, the power made a mistake: They neglected the proximity between human beings.


By interrogating the multiplicity of the place and its singular relation with the city, we want to look for new complementarities by crossing the existing limits. A new reading of the North Quarter should generate awareness of the potential present and the possibility to change the local, the surroundings and the metropolitan environment. The project requires to be adapted to the local life, to fulifull the needs and desires of the surroundings and to complement the urban project at the metropolitan scale.

Photography credit:VZW Toestand- plek 332


The desire line

GROUND ZERO Layer of Laws The ground zero concept comes with specific tools to enable its ambitions.To liberate ourselves from the incoherent administrative barriers that prevent social emancipation and the power to act, a new set of rules will be used by modifying the existing legal framework for this specific area. Decently playing with the edges of these legislation allow us to have a strong repercussion on the social justice. The suspension, modification or implementa on of rules give the possibility to create a - coherent - zone for experimentation. This zone, which is composed by three backsides of different municipalities, can become an entity where it is possible to develop an alternative and more appropriate city and neighborhood.There is a clear critique on the current distance existing between the governance and everyday population struggles. Changing the rules also enables all the present actors to create unexpected coalitions.


Ground Zero on September 13, 2001


DEFORMING THE GRID Layer of Deformation To change the perspective on the space from all the present stakeholders, the grid- as the element forming the identity or specific characteristics - of the site would be deformed to make room for radical changes in each par cular part of the site and provide the inhabitants with a place for their specific needs. The deformation is simultaneously a proces of destruction and a proccess of creation. Destruction is here considered as a tool to trigger the awareness of the potential embedded in the North Quarter. ACT Layer of Actor Coalitions Other Brussels based organistations already began to understand the ropes of the system and proposed methods in the rigid system we live in today. They gained access to the needed informa on and used the legal tools in their advantage. It’s about finding, valorizing and strengthening the existing and present actors active in the North Quarter and Brussels and throughout the project opening up the possibilities to create unseen coalitions amongst them. A call for action. Reclaiming the streets. Time for the inhabitants to engage in the change of their own neighborhood, the call has been launched. Since many years, the local population has seen their neighborhood change without being able to raise their voices and act in what was happening. It’s me for the sacrificed population to be part of the change and to become active actors and develop forgotten interest. The gesture would make the project look like it’s never finished to stimulate emergent local interven ons to continue it and transform it. The constant modification of this figure, will regenerate new unclaimed spaces, which will become potential spaces for change, a kind of civic virus effect.


astair Bonnet- The Underground Ci es of Cappadocia


PRODUCING PRODUCTIVITY Economic empowerment. The North Quarter suffers from a high unemployment degree. Making the neighborhood productive can improve the socio-economic conditions of the inhabitants and enable them to improve the image of their stigmazed neighborhood. The urban souk will be the fertile land that allows to expand its habitat on the public space by developing in exchange a trade, a garden or an activity shareable with its entourage. A commerce realm, this long street will become the driving force of a be er urban dynamic for populations constrained by the policies that wish to keep a control over their poor produc vity. The citizens’ initiative will be valued in order to develop local strengths and a strong neighborhood identity.


The Urban Souk


The Urban Souk, piece of the projectual figure, provides development of productive individual initiatives that take place in three phases. The first phase corresponds to an extension of each habitat becoming partially responsible for a piece of the street. In exchange, the individual can develop a commercial activity or a shared semi-public use. The second phase opens to those who have developed a flourishing activity in need of new storage space, production or exhibition. To this end, the central part of the street is reserved to create spaces systems that complement commercial activities according to their specific needs. Finally the third phase, corresponds to the need required in a major expansion of an economic activity. These buildings provide the necessary offices and infrastructures complexes for an initiative that is gaining growth. These three phases take place on the same street, once economically active and today neglected. The scales of intervention come to dialogue with their close context, passing from the habitat’s extension on a few meters to the creation of significant offices in the business district of Brussels North.


Borders & Entrances

Civic canopy

Urban Souk

Social park


Urban Souk

Borders & Entrances

Cité’s garden


AL MA'AJEEN Localisation: Nablus, Palestine Organization: Master of Science in Urbanism (MaUSP), KUL Guidance: B. de Meulder Collaborators: M. Lamberts Program: Post-Master Thesis Date : Spring 2018 In process


Nablus, a millennium city, has been renewed and revitalized over the course of the different civilizations that have succeeded one after the other. Former economic center of Palestine, and still politically strategic, it has today become a city of cities. The variety of neighborhoods and quarters that compose it, all contribute to the urban identity and to the interplay amongst them. Strategically developed between two mountains, the city has been under Israeli oppression during the last 17 years. Paradoxically, the intertwinement of these two enemies entities – Israel & Nablus – finally became an interdependent couple, passing from a binary to hybrid relationship. Moreover, this occupation strongly altered the needs and socio-economic situation generating internal migrations from different neighborhoods in Nablus, the surrounding villages and even some West bank towns, with each having its own sub-culture. After the second intifada, the soap and oil industry’s city saw its economy destroyed by Israeli assaults and perpetual controls. Since then, the city has survived through local commerce and primary needs businesses. Paradoxically, today Nablus sees the development of an important urban development. This continuous development is rooted in the fact that the limited land and growing population pushes investors to build in order to meet the demand but also to speculate on the near limit of this expansion. Nevertheless, this rapid expansion of cheap construction in expensive lands is progressively and slowly killing the city. The city's expansion is at a critical juncture. Building increasingly on lands that have remained naturally productive and preserved for millennia is not sustainable. It must take a new path in its urban development to preserve their resources and resilience, that until now, has allowed them to maintain their people safe under the worst external pressures. This research is based on the deep analysis of Al Ma'ajeen, "new" neighborhood of Nablus. This piece of city’s multiple study will shed light on the mechanisms that are now building its urban landscape and the actions to be put in place to enable this new development path. This research claims, through a comprehensive reading of Al-Ma’ajeen, to investigate the mechanisms that today make the city. This understanding will be the basis for a neighborhood-wide project that will offer planning adaptive to the city's current and future issues.


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CURRICULUM VITAE Lucas Lerchs

2017-2018 Leuven, Belgium Faculty of Engineering Science, Department of Architecture, Katholieke Universiteit van Leuven (KUL), Advanced Master in Sciences of Urbanism (MaUSP) 2016-2017 Leuven, Belgium Faculty of Engineering Science, Department of Architecture, Katholieke Universiteit van Leuven (KUL), Advanced Master of Humans Settlements (MaHS), cum laude 2015-2016 Brussels, Belgium Faculty of Architecture, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Master degree , cum laude 2014-2105 Sao Paulo, Brazil Faculty of Architecture, Universidade de Sao Paulo( USP) Etasmus year, cum laude 2011-2014 Brussels, Belgium Faculty of Architecture, Université Catholique de Louvain Bachelor degree in 2014 EXPERIENCE July 2015 Brussels, Belgium Internship at Vincx Architecte Conception and drawing of architecture details July 2014 Collioure, France Renovation of the QFort Dugommier, worker on site Casablanca, Morocco July 2010 Social animator for homeless children at the fondation Orient Occident July 2009 Kunda, Burkina Faso Volunteer worker on construction for a pedagogic farm WRITTINGS / PUBLICATIONS Spring 2017 (PRE)Occupyig Anchieta Building Ubran Inclusion in Peripheral Sao Paulo Fall 2017 The slachtHUB manifesto (http://slachthub.wixsite.com/slachthub) Spring 2016 20 Master thesis “Ouvidor 63, la Culture comme vecteur d’occupation” Spring 2016 DOMUS la citta dell’uomo, n°998, p.13 Personnal project of cultural occupation in the center of Sao Paulo

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