Citygate is a tribute to one of the largest temporary occupation projects ever set up in Belgium. The station area in Anderlecht is on the eve of a vision-defining transformation. The industrial neighborhood, on the border between rail and canal, has been somewhat deserted for years. The large-scale redevelopment project CityGate (consisting of the CityGate I, II and III projects) will soon give the neighborhood a new look. A first step in the redevelopment process began in 2017 with the temporary implementation of CityGate II. In that year, the former textile factory with an area of 22,000 m2 was transformed into Studio Citygate, where a new cultural and social community was set up to revitalize the neighborhood. This industrial heritage will be broken down by 2023.
The visual homage “Citygate” paints a picture of this community by bringing together the 150 people who work there today in one photo book, as a lasting reminder of a changing city district. More than only a visual series, the book aims to take an inquisitive look at the following questions: What are the ambitions of these people to work in a precarious context of temporary use? What are the project developers’ ambitions – in terms of both temporary use and redevelopment? What do places of temporary occupation actually mean for a city? How do they actually affect the community around the building?