Real Estate Policy
Agentschap Facilitair Bedrijf
Boudewijnlaan 30 bus 60, 1000 Brussels
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The Government of Flanders holds a great number of real properties, not only to accommodate its own departments and services but equally, and primarily, in relation to the social and economic functionality of and within the region of Flanders.
In its capacity of public actor, proprietor, and user, the Government of Flanders fulfils an important and (image) defining model function. But also from a business standpoint, it is important that the Government of Flanders manages the real properties in its portfolio as a responsible and prudent administrator/proprietor so as to make its part as a ‘role model’ effectively meaningful, true, and credible.
A distinction has to be drawn between:
- the ‘general real estate policy’ that is of application and valid at the level of the Government of Flanders (including, amongst others, basic starting points, location conditions, generic guidelines and procedures, and portfolio management options)
- the ‘specific real estate policy’ that is conducted for the purpose of assisting in the fulfilment of certain specific social functions by the various departments, agencies, and entities.
Within the context of the Housing Migration Plan (HMP), the Government of Flanders has established a number of principles and starting points as guidelines for the housing policy conducted by the Flemish administration. Under the current policy, a clear choice is made in favour of a proactive real estate policy and the dynamic management of real assets held in the portfolio of the Government of Flanders.
In every provincial capital, a Flemish Administrative Centre (VAC) is being founded where the principle of deconcentrated clustering is applied. This means that the emphasis does lie on the clustering of services, but with geographic deconcentration in the Flanders and Brussels regions. In this manner, not only advantages of scale can be generated, but likewise recognition is being enhanced. At the same time, also the ease of access and customer-orientation has received special attention, which in turn translates in locations in the immediate proximity of regional juncture points for public transit.
Accommodating human resources
The drafting of a specific policy vision will, taking into account the rapid social and technological evolutions, invariably remain ‘work in progress’. Five aspects of equal value are always kept under advisement:
The quality of the service provided by the Government of Flanders, namely, the way in which the government perceives the quality of its functionality vis-à-vis its customers, or what kind of role model function it sees itself undertaking.
- The cultural recognition and architectural projection of the buildings and the work places.
- The concept that the Government of Flanders is using for the spatial embedment of its services throughout Flanders and in Brussels.
- What kind of employer does the Government of Flanders want to be.
- What kinds of financial efforts can/will be provided.
Flemish Metropolitan Dream
How to break with the current housing production in Flanders? Posad worked the past months to answer this question for the Team Vlaams Bouwmeester as their contribution for the International Architecture Biennial Rotterdam. Check out our animation or visit the Biennial in Rotterdam. For the exhibition space Posad designed a mini theater made of pine wood panels to screen the animation.
By 2030 an additional 330,000 households will have to be accommodated in Flanders. Within the traditional Flemish planning model, dwellings for these households will most probably take the form of detached single-family houses, a typology that consumes too much space and energy and is responsible for gradually urbanizing the whole of Flanders, wasting scarce qualities and resources.
Initiated by the Flemish Government Architect, this study questions this traditional method of planning and tries to develop a new growth model for Flanders. This trajectory aims to gradually test, adjust, and improve existing planning tools and processes trough a collective effort, passing through different strata of design and policy, from a local to a regional scale. The study will eventually produce an adapted set of contexts and typologies, which will serve as a basis for a series of exemplary and innovative pilot projects in social housing.