Prof. Freek Persyn | 20.06.2023
How to Not Demolish a Building
Against all odds, the former World Trade Center in the Northern Quarter in Brussels will be reused, in ways previously unimaginable. This presentation tells the story of the unlikely journey to obtain the building permit, tracing the events that led to this new lease on life. Starting from the initial dream of dismantling the World Trade Center, the presentation recounts the complex and layered process that shaped the innovative adaptive-reuse project called ZIN, and dwells on the implications for the practice.
** The lecture will be held in English – Der Vortrag findet in englischer Sprache statt **
Prof. Freek Persyn
Freek Persyn is born in 1974 in Belgium and lives and works in Brussels. He is married to Sotiria Kornaropoulou and is father of three children: Polly, Kimon and Zoé. In 1998, he co-founded the office 51N4E, a spatial design practice focused on urban and social transformation. 51N4E works on a wide range of scales, from strategy to realisation. The work of 51N4E received the most attention for its adaptive reuse projects in Central Europe and for its intense engagement with Albania. Since 2019, Freek Persyn combines his partnership at 51N4E with the professorship of Architecture and Urban Transformation at the ETH Zürich.