Since the academic year 2011-2012, the Université Libre de Bruxelles has a full-fledged Architecture Faculty, stemming from the fusion of two Brussels architecture schools, ISACF La Cambre and ISAI Victor Horta. The transition of architecture education into university has opened many possibilities such as interfaculty collaboration but first and foremost the development of research within newly established centres.
“Louise” for “Laboratory on Urbanism, Infrastructures and Ecologies" is a research centre dedicated to the study of contemporary challenges for city planning and territory. Urban planning is of course a focal point for Louise, but its preoccupations go well beyond this discipline to take on environmental, infrastructural, and social issues concerning cities and urban territories in the larger sense. Affiliated members are indeed convinced it is flows, networks, and infrastructures that make up the global framework from which urbanism’s contemporary territories are organised. The activity within Louise therefore rests upon a series of initiatives of which the fundaments had already been laid out within the pre-existing institutions.
As such the activity of Louise takes shape first and foremost through research made in the context of the realisation of doctoral theses. To this day, five doctoral theses are being written.
Next to this basic activity of pure research, Louise also wishes to actively participate in ongoing debates on the development of the Brussels-Capital Region. Louise already co-organises the regional initiative ]pyblik[ dedicated to the training of skills in the creation of public space. The decision to co-organise the second international Brussels Master Class RE:WORK, funded by the Brussels-Capital Region, fits the same purpose.
In the long run, next to these research and publication activities, Louise aims at partnering with other institutional actors to create an international master of urbanism oriented towards research by design on Brussels’ territory.
More details about the centre's activities you can find by accessing the following links. They are related to the centre’s main research axis.