Building and re-building the City

Building and re-building the City

18 March 2014
The Research Team HOST (Historical Research into Urban Transformation Processes) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the IUAP “City and Society in the Low Countries, 1200-1850”, in collaboration with the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the ae-lab (Architectural Engineering-lab) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel organise a workshop on Tuesday 18 March 2014. This workshop deals with “Building and Rebuilding the City” and discusses ongoing research in construction and urban history.

Workshop venue, date and time

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussel
U-residence, Groene Zaal
Tuesday 18 March 2014, 13.30-18.30


13.30 Welcome
14.00 Judy Stephenson (London School of Economics)
Organisation, contracts and wages in construction in 18th-century London
Discussant: Bruno Blondé (Universiteit Antwerpen)
14.45 Philippe Sosnowska (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
The reconstruction of Brussels after the bombardment of 1695. Analysis of the mechanisms of recovery of the city by a historical and archaeological approach of the building materials
Discussant: Bram Vannieuwenhuyze (Caldenberga; KU Leuven)
15.30 Loïc Waucquez (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
The palace of Charles de Lorraine in Brussels. Analysis of an 18th-century construction site
Discussant: Inge Bertels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
16.15 Coffee break
16.45 Boris Horemans (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
A phoenix from the ashes: real estate developers, entrepreneurs, master craftsmen and the rebuilding of Brussels (1685-1704)
Discussant: Christophe Loir (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
17.30 Heidi Deneweth (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Moving up or down the housing market? Real estate and social change in Bruges, 1550-1650
Discussant: Gabri van Tussenbroek (Universiteit Utrecht; Bureau Monument & Archeologie, Amsterdam)


Participation is free, but registration is required. To register, please send an e-mail with your name and affiliation to before March 12th 2014.