Anna Ternon

PhD candidate (UCL-LOCI)


Research abstract

This research work addresses the issue of urban transformations in Brussels from the perspective of the temporal dimension. In the transformation cycle of urban spaces, there is a period of transition between past and future uses. Today, the temporary occupation of these spaces in transition has become a common practice and a tool recognised by the different actors in the territory. This research raises the question of the structuring role of these uses in the processes of urban fabrication through a twofold hypothesis: firstly by considering the temporary occupation of sites or buildings as a practical modality for densifying the city; and secondly by admitting that, under certain conditions, momentary spatial and social arrangements can prefigure a new "sustainable" life cycle of space.

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