This walk should ideally be combined with the lecture with images from the Leopold Quarter on Friday 12 November.
The tour guide organisation Brukselbinnenstebuiten celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2021. Over half a century, its guides have collected thousands of images of Brussels (photos, slides, old maps, district plans and so on). Because Brukselbinnenstebuiten has always been a socially engaged organisation, these images have not been made or selected from a tourist viewpoint: the main aim has been to create a visual record of the changing city, and sometimes also to draw attention to disappearing heritage and other problems of urban development. Some of the images are very rare historic documents. The Image Bank contains a lot of material from the Leopold/European Quarter. This was once the neighbourhood towards which the wealthier inhabitants of Brussels gravitated in order to escape the unhealthy city centre. Later on it became an office district where the Belgian government set its sights on housing the European institutions. This process opened up tears in the urban fabric that have only been repaired in recent years. Following on from the lecture, we go on a tour with a Brussels guide. How is the quarter that has suffered so much from speculation and dilapidation doing today?