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In Schaerbeek (Brussels), the site of the Josaphat train station is one of the last land reserves owned by the authorities of the Brussels-Capital Region. The regional government recently approved a guiding scheme, defining the ambition for this strategic site spanning 24 hectares, a surface of over 32 soccer fields.
Commons Josaphat is an autonomous platform gathering inhabitants, citizens, activists and organizations around the idea that it is possible to produce and manage our city based on the concept of the commons. Commons Josaphat wishes for a transition for theJosaphat site to a commons. As the last large land reserve in public ownership, this site has to become an example, to take distance from the model of a city dependent on financial flows and real estate development.
The platform therefore launches a call for ideas, open to anybody, with the aim to mobilize our collective intelligence and imagine the city, in all of its complexity, as acommons. A series of concrete scenarios will emerge; addressed to the citizens and authorities of Brussels in order to think about the city they wish for.
The call for ideas wants to offer the city, its inhabitants and officials some concrete paths towards the constitution of commons and towards the distribution of decision-making among the parties and people concerned by this future quarter: inhabitants of the neighborhood, future inhabitants of the site, but also the people who will walk or work there, or the ones who will behold its construction from their balconies.
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