Architecture as Vector of Social Cohesion
What part can the quality of public areas and buildings play in a social project fostering collectivity? By shaping our daily environment, architecture implicitly affects interpersonal relationships. Promoting social cohesion, paying particular attention to the design and execution of areas accessible to the public, is one of the essential tasks of public authorities. And it is precisely in the achievement of this social aspect that the contribution of architecture lies – in its ability to produce a synthesis between the complexity of a context, a programme and research into collective well-being.
The European Forum for Architectural Policies (FEPA-EFAP) organised an event in association with Belgium’s Presidency of the European Union that took take place 18-20 November 2010 at Centre for Fine Arts Brussels. The Event was focused on architecture as a vector of social cohesion, in connection with the 2010 European Year against Poverty and Social Exclusion. The announcement and full programme of the event is still available at the official webpage of the Belgium’s Presidency
The European Forum for Architectural Policies used to be an informal network of experts from the field of European architectural policy, initiated in 1997 in Rotterdam under the Presidency of the Netherlands. It was formalised in 2000. Its membership is drawn from four areas: representatives of ministers in charge of architecture, cultural institutions promoting and disseminating architecture, professional organisations of architects in the broadest sense of the term, and, since 2009, architectural colleges.
Sara Van Rompaey was with the Belgian Order of Architects involved in the organisation of the event and has prepared a short presentation to give us an idea of the activities that made it so successfull. Thank you very much for that!