Newsletter 19 February 2008

Call for Submissions

The deadline for the submissions of abstracts for the colloquium on 26-28 May is extended until the 29th of February 2008. The feedback date of the submitted papers is not influenced by this decision. Note for academic submitters:
all approved papers will be published in the abstracts book of the Corporations and Cities colloquium. This book will have an ISBN number. 

Colloquium Preliminary Programme

The Corporations and Cities colloquium will take place in Brussels The preliminary programme for the three-day colloquium is available.


Monday 26th of May, 2008
16.00: registration open
- 18.00 – 19.30: colloquium opening with public lecture by keynote speaker
- 19.30 – 22.00: opening reception

Tuesday 27th of May, 2008
- 07.00 : registration open
- 07.00 – 08.15: breakfast
- 08.15 – 12.00: keynote sessions and parallel presentations
- 12.00 – 13.30: lunch break
- 13.30 – 18.00: thematic sessions
- 19.30: dinner and social evening event

Wednesday 28th of May, 2008
- 08.15 – 11.00: parallel sessions including excursion
- 11.00 – 12.00: keynote sessions
- 12.00 – 13.30: lunch break
- 13.30 – 16.30: keynote sessions
- 16.30: closing reception

Preceding seminars

Monday 26th of May, 2008
- 09.00 – 12.30: expert seminar morning
- 12.30 – 14.00: lunch break
- 14.00 – 17.30: expert seminar afternoon
- 18.00: public lecture by keynote speaker
- 19.30: closing reception
The number of participants of both seminars is limited.

Registration open

As of 15 February the registration of the three-day colloquium on 26-28 of May 2008 in Brussels is open. It is possible to register and find detailed registration information here. Special fees have been developed for young professionals to encourage their participation to the colloquium and for all participants presenting a paper or case.     


The three-day colloquium of Corporations and Cities will take place in the Flagey Building in Brussels.

This is the former National Institute for Radio Broadcasting (NIR). This building, designed by the Belgian architect Joseph Diongre, was finished in 1938 and is one of the first live broadcasting buildings in Europe. It is a magnificent example of late art-deco.

From the beginning, the history of the building was associated with radiophonic and musical productions and beginning in 1953 it also witnessed the arrival of television, the new medium that would subsequently enjoy an enormous expansion. Thus for more than thirty years, the NIR was the audiovisual centre par excellence. When the original owners left the building in 1974, various cultural institutions took up residence until 1995, giving it an added dimension.

In 1994 the building was partially listed. Four years later thirty different Belgian companies worked together to save the monumental building and restore it for a new purpose. The building now hosts several cultural activities, exhibitions and meetings.

Expert workshops

A series expert workshops will take place in different European capitals. Professionals and scientists are invited to table relevant cases and positions at a round table discussion. The output of these workshops will create the basis for the sessions at the Corporations and Cities colloquium.

   Location  Topic  Date
 1.  Amsterdam     Retail and Leisure   Week of 10 March 2008 
 2.  Brussels  Health   Week of 17 March 2008 
 3.  London  Offices   Week of 24 March 2008
 4.  Paris  Education, Research and Development       Week of 31 March 2008 
 5.  Berlin  Production and Logistics  Week of 7 April 2008

Students redesign EU portfolio

Students redesign EU portfolio

In preparation for the colloquium 55 CRE students of the TU Delft will analyze and redesign the accommodation strategy of the European Institutions in Brussels. The portfolio of the European headquarters is much influenced by the tight urban fabric and the complexity of the Brussels urban policy making. In reference to the newest location strategy of the EC and the manifesto "A vision for Brussels" this in-depth case study will answer the question if the European headquarters should cluster or spread their premises in Brussels. The outcome of this strategy redesign exercise will be presented and commented at the colloquium.


Corporations and Cities is organized by the Faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology and the Berlage Institute. It is an initiative of the department of Real Estate & Housing in collaboration with the department of Urbanism.

Delft University of Technology
Faculty of Architecture
Department of Real Estate & Housing
Department of Urbanism
Berlageweg 1
2628 CR Delft
The Netherlands