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235 CAR (RE)CYCLE IN BUDA Davide Cauciello, Studio Geoffrey Grulois, and Nadia Casabella (ULB) BUDA AREA—GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS The old industrial territory of Buda is undergoing an important process of regeneration. The economic importance of Buda derives from its situation at the juncture between Brussels and Vilvoorde and next to large-scale transportation infrastructure—the canal to Antwerp and the highway. Buda is an exchange platform between Flanders and Brussels and, on a bigger scale, between Europe and Belgium. The territory is clearly delimitated by transportation lines: railways, roadways and waterways give Buda clear boundaries but also set many limits. In terms of land use, the old industrial urban fabric has given way to several controversial largescale projects: UPlace Mall, Bpost Mass Center, and Roll-On/Roll-Off Terminal along the canal. The industrial mono-functionalism of Buda has led to a lack of pu blic spaces and programmatic diversity. URBANITY THROUGH THE VOID “If a place can be defined as relational, historical, and concerned with identity, then a space that cannot be defined as relational, or histo rical, or concerned with identity will be a non-place” (Augé, 1992). Within the industrial urban fabric of Buda, the main function of the streets is to connect companies. The space between these companies allows functional requirements to be met but generates functional tensions and a lack of interfaces for the public. These lines of tension between public and private are not currently generating urbanity or interactions. They are mostly materialized by a fence that defines the limit between the public space—the street—and a huge empty private space dedicated to storage and to loading trucks. Furthermore, some vacant buildings offer serious opportunities to diversify activities into a generic industrial urban fabric. VISION FOR URBAN REGENERATION Our main intention is to decrease territorial mono-functionalism and to diversify activities. The lack of public space and public facilities in this “market economy” (Johnson, 2005) model of a “city” generates a lack of urbanity typical of an industrial territory in transition. The proposal to upgrade the former industrial urban fabric suggests that activities be diversified and integrated into several strategic installations and facilities. Manufacturing industries, sport facilities, cultural installations, and public spaces are some examples of uses we can think of. By bringing these activities together, we could develop a new urban complexity and supersede the mono-functional land use. Workers and residents of Buda, two opposite but still complementary flows, could converge into these integrated facilities.