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Visions for Rapertingen

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Visions for Rapertingen

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Type: Strategy and Exhibition
Client: Architectuurwijzer
Program: Public space, infrastructure, mobility
Size: 2 km
Location: Rapertingen, Belgium
Status: Delivered 2015

Team: Magnus Jørgenson, Ivar Lyngner, Eric Reid


In the Fall of 2015 Rodeo Architects were invited by Architectuurwijzer to participate in an exhibition entitled, ‘A Vision of the Future for Rapertingen’ which focused on the future of Rapertingen - a hamlet located in the peri-urban area surrounding the City of Hasselt.

The brief was the result of a workshop which took place with locals to put forth the common needs/wants of the community. It stated that the citizens of Rapertingen feel a lack of community, and that this is partly due to poor spatial planning - it is located along a highly trafficked road, has dispersed residential areas, and has a motorway cutting through its main axis. It then stated that particular attention should be paid to vulnerable road users (cyclists and pedestrians) in order to challenge the dominance of cars.

The assignment given to Rodeo was to design an intervention in Rapertingen, that takes into account the busy traffic, the below-average sense of community, the lack of an open air meeting place (other than the small church square and the schoolyard), and the lack of an outward identity.

The project looked at the potential of implementing temporary and permanent programs along the existing (somewhat hidden) pedestrian circulation network. Locating these programs within the in-between spaces that occur regularly when navigating through Rapertingen, different atmospheres are created and experienced by citizens who choose to use the path as opposed to commuting by car. It is hoped that by amplifying these sites that a larger sense of community will be created, more meeting places will be available for multiple demographics, and that the path system will provide safe means of travel (walking, running, bicycling etc).

The question ends up being one of identity, What is Rapertingen? The suggested programs/interventions were a result of mapping, researching, and understanding not only the social economic demographics of Rapertingen, but also of reading the landscape and territory Rapertingen is embedded in.

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Type: Strategy and Exhibition
Client: Architectuurwijzer
Program: Public space, infrastructure, mobility
Size: 2 km
Location: Rapertingen, Belgium
Status: Delivered 2015

Team: Magnus Jørgenson, Ivar Lyngner, Eric Reid


In the Fall of 2015 Rodeo Architects were invited by Architectuurwijzer to participate in an exhibition entitled, ‘A Vision of the Future for Rapertingen’ which focused on the future of Rapertingen - a hamlet located in the peri-urban area surrounding the City of Hasselt.

The brief was the result of a workshop which took place with locals to put forth the common needs/wants of the community. It stated that the citizens of Rapertingen feel a lack of community, and that this is partly due to poor spatial planning - it is located along a highly trafficked road, has dispersed residential areas, and has a motorway cutting through its main axis. It then stated that particular attention should be paid to vulnerable road users (cyclists and pedestrians) in order to challenge the dominance of cars.

The assignment given to Rodeo was to design an intervention in Rapertingen, that takes into account the busy traffic, the below-average sense of community, the lack of an open air meeting place (other than the small church square and the schoolyard), and the lack of an outward identity.

The project looked at the potential of implementing temporary and permanent programs along the existing (somewhat hidden) pedestrian circulation network. Locating these programs within the in-between spaces that occur regularly when navigating through Rapertingen, different atmospheres are created and experienced by citizens who choose to use the path as opposed to commuting by car. It is hoped that by amplifying these sites that a larger sense of community will be created, more meeting places will be available for multiple demographics, and that the path system will provide safe means of travel (walking, running, bicycling etc).

The question ends up being one of identity, What is Rapertingen? The suggested programs/interventions were a result of mapping, researching, and understanding not only the social economic demographics of Rapertingen, but also of reading the landscape and territory Rapertingen is embedded in.