Waterwalk is a 30 hectare sustainable urban regeneration project, part of Brussel’s wider strategy to integrate its main urban components. The project aims to recompose the urban fabric in zones where outward logistical shifts will release city centre brown field sites, enabling urban and social development, and reducing vehicle linked pollution and other nuisances linked to traffic.
Regeneration will revitalize areas historically dedicated to industry, notably along both the river “Senne” and the canal. Urban continuity with surrounding districts will be enhanced through canal-side promenades and new bridge links across the rail tracks that isolate the island site. The holistic environmental and humanistic approach of the eco district project, (which features a strong long-term and zero emissions objective), includes, socio-economic diversity through the variety of housing on offer, site accessibility encouraging alternative means of public, individual non-polluting mobility, and energy management through the installation of shared loops exchanging heating and cooling. The loop is fed simultaneously by geothermal sources and canal water exchangers as well as by nearby existing waste treatment plant. Renewable electrical power will be possible through solar harvesting and canal bank wind corridor windmills. Water collection and biological treatment for on site water re-use will enable purification of the aquifer and river (…)
Waterwalk attempts to make a qualitative improvement to urban life, and provides an exemplary solution to Brussels’ limited capacity for densification for future generations. It sets the trend in sustainable development for the whole region by aiming at both zero energy and C2C requirements.