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51N4E: The architecture practice using Brussels as a testing ground for future change
We sat down with Brussels-based architectural practice 51N4E's co-founding partner Freek Persyn to talk about their growing influential role, the necessity of a bottom-up approach to city planning and how Brussels is the best playground an architect could currently hope for.
On the stigmas attached to different educational paths, by Simon Boone
Transbaso's research coordinator Simon Boone makes a passionate demand for change in Flander's education system.
Life as a cyclist in Brussels has improved in the last few years
Continuing our series on the love for cycling, two Brussels-based locals argue for bicycles as a viable urban mode of transportation.
The neighbourhood neo-canteen using social inclusion as its prime ingredient for local change
Underpinned by a belief in the power of the local economy, Refresh distinguishes itself by its intent to lower the barrier to entry to durable and ethical living.
Bikes allow you to see more of the sky
How two entrepreneurs have placed two-wheelers at the heart of their budding businesses.
Neighbourhood watch: The design improvements Region of Brussels’ residents would bring to their Communes (Part 2)
Nine more Brussels-based locals imagine the potential futures for architectural design in their neighbourhoods.
Neighbourhood watch: The design improvements Region of Brussels’ residents would bring to their Communes (Part 1)
10 Brussels-based locals imagine a future for architectural design in their neighbourhoods.
Let’s face it, biking is the future
Continuing our series on the love for cycling, two Brussels-based locals share how biking has changed their lives for the better.
On housing two generations under one same roof, by Chantal Baestle
Mons-based Chantal Baestle recounts her experience with the Belgian intergenerational housing project 1toit2ages.
BelgoMarkt, the neighbourhood grocer banking on homegrown produce
We met with the founders of BelgoMarkt, a year-old new age grocer relying on a myriad of Belgian producers, to talk entrenched habits, learning curves and what lies ahead.
On tips for sustainable urban lifestyles, by Dot-to-dot
The three Brussels-based founders of upstart online magazine Dot-to-dot discuss why and how they made urban sustainability easier to grasp.
Belgium’s vibrant bicycle initiatives
A roam around Belgium's different bicycle-related initiatives, with profiles from a family-owned manufacturer, an edu-tainment publisher and bike sharing project, to the capital's only bike polo team.
20 of the best spaces for emerging art in Belgium today
We round-up 20 of the most exciting spaces for emerging art in Belgium today.
Preview: How to make it without IKEA
Our April edition will see us dig deep into the spirit of hacking while finding out what life looks like without IKEA
Fit to print
In a converted printing press we learn about the early days of Brussels' art activism and post-digital letterpresses.
My top iOS apps by Damien Aresta
Graphic designer and technology buff Damien Aresta presents his very favorite iOS apps and explains why you should try them out.
Holiday gift guide: The Word’s Christmas wishlist
We help you keep the holiday season's shopping stress levels down with this hand-picked, carefully-selected gift guide.
An interview with Wiels curator Devrim Bayar about her project Le Salon
As Le Salon turns one year old, its founder and Wiels curator Devrim Bayar fills us in on the Brussels' premier go-to art guide.
Adeline and Alexandre on the opening of Nationa(a)l Pop Up Store
Cousins Adeline and Alexandre's blink-and you'll-miss-it one stop shop for Belgian creative entrepreneurs sets up in Brussels.
Slow journalism, fast medium: Bart Kiggen & Magali Elali’s Coffeeklatch
Bart and Magali visit interesting Belgian people in their homes, ask questions, drink coffee, and put it all on Coffeeklatch...
Antwerp-based girl DJ duo Soren on gigs and good looks
We met up at Antwerp's Café Normo with Amélie Lens and Rosalie De Meyer to talk about Søren, the DJ act they launched together last year.
Urban development agency creates collaborations between shop owners and designers
In a bid to spice up the design aspect of our neighbourhoods' retail landscape, urban development agency Atrium launched a contest calling on designers to jazz up the windows and displays of local independent grocery shops.
The Butt book, a numbered Absolut Vodka bottle and Sandra Kim.
Our manifold inspirations for the pink album, from Bubblicious gum to the Pink Panther and Belgium's Delirium beer.
Shopping for design at Antwerp’s Atelier Solarshop
We strolled through the streets of Belgium's major cities and picked out our favourite design store gems. Each day this week, tune in for a selection of our favorite addresses and featured items. Today: Atelier Solarshop.
Inside Brussels’ latest hotbed of design innovation Studio With A View
We dropped in on Studio With A View, an innovative artist hub that unites five designers, two photographers and an architect under one roof.
The five movers and shakers that gave Belgian designers a voice
Scenes don’t just magically take shape. We talk to five individuals instrumental in instigating, supporting and promoting design in Belgium.
By 2020, 40 percent of the Belgian population will be over 50. They will want to have fun, travel, and stay healthy and mobile in their own (renovated) homes. These four professionals understand that seniors will soon rule the world.
The best travel spots in Belgium
This month is all about travel at The Word, and we've been busy touring the country trying and testing Belgium's best and most original getaway spots, from habitable Trojan horses to design hotels and the loveliest of bed & breakfasts.
The best travel blogs in Belgium
The holiday season is upon us and we reckon you deserve a break. To get into the swing of things we've got an online travel special for the month of June, starting with our pick of Belgium's best travel blogs.
Collaborate. Cooperate. Consume
Economic models based on sharing, swapping, bartering, and collective buying are outstripping outdated modes of shopping. We spoke to five alternative economisers, collaborative consumers and collective shoppers.
The best start-ups in Belgium
Handpicked by our in-house team of editors, designers and web developers, we select the most promising Belgian technology start-ups of the year.
Pimpinelle, a new boutique in Brussels for foodies, inspires Damien Aresta to sample some other recent delicious food experiences. Dig in.
The best architectural renaissances in Ghent
In the second part of our series on repurposed old spaces and buildings, up-and-comer Adriaan Hauwaert takes a look at Ghent's Huis van Alijn and the Nucleo project.
The best architectural renaissances in Antwerp
In the first part of our series on old spaces that have been granted new life, we turn our attention to Antwerp's Kammenstraat church, now a concert hall and a railway depot-turned-city park.
Back to zero
As part of our series on new beginnings, here's Julien Mourlon and Mieke Dumortier who've accomplished something most of us scaredy cats daren't do: they took the reigns of their careers and said so long to playing it safe.
The rise of e-suicides
Today we kick off our series on 'new beginnings' by taking a look at those who dare to say goodbye to their social network accounts. But, as the Eagles put it: “You can checkout any time you like, but you can never leave.” Or can you?
Our new website
A few words on our freshly re-launched website, the team behind it and the writers and photographers whose contributions we've enlisted.
Hunting and Collecting’s Niels and Aude
Niels and Aude are the creative geniuses behind Hunting and Collecting, a Brussels-based concept store that's made a name for itself in Belgium and beyond.
Projet Digilence’s Emilie and Valentin
Emilie Pischedda and Valentin Souquet are a duo in lots of ways: they are artists, lovers, parents and founders of Brussels-based art production hub Project Digilence.
The Valentine’s Day gift guide
Every day of the week we'll be hand-picking one gift that is guaranteed to get you in your loved ones' good books. And we ain't talking heart-shaped boxes...
Our Christmas wish list
Starting today and up until Christmas eve, we’ll be putting forward two present proposals a day meant to make your end-of-year gift search that little bit easier. Today: A knitted cardigan from Henrik Vibskov and scarf by SPRB.
We book a table at gastronomic newcomer Bouchéry in Brussels' south to discover a world where passion and provenance prevail.
From teapots to toothpaste, these are the items that inspired us for our white album.
My little white screen
Frédéric Nicolay, the creative mind behind Café Belga, Potemkine and cult Belgian beer Vedett, continues in his quest to freshen up Brussels with his neighbourhood-loving little white screen project.
Win: Share our iPad AppStore link and win yourself a Word goodie bag
Share our iPad AppStore link on your wall, take a screenshot and email it to us. How to win yourself a Word goodie bag in three easy steps.
Spicing it up: Saveurs et Savoirs
For the last instalment in our four-part series of inspiring retail start-ups, we spice things up a little with Saveurs et Savoirs, a temple to the senses set to open in Brussels this December.
Ménage à deux: When fashion, art and lifestyle collide
In the third instalment of our series on new retail innovations, we meet DJ duo Ménage à deux a couple of days prior to the opening of their concept store of the same name, a fashion, design and culture emporium nestled in the heart of Brussels.
Miam Miam Bio: Organic food Grandma-style
In part two of our ongoing series on dynamic, local retail start-ups that enliven your neighbourhood's retail landscape, we meet the owner of Miam Miam Bio, an innovative organic concept that puts Grandma-style cooking at the centre of its philosophy and offering.
The interview: Magne Furuholmen
We speak with 80s pop icon and a-ha founding member Magne Furuholmen about his work as a visual artist and eco-activist.
OpenSoon supports businesses with an attitude
In a fresh bid to add character to your local shopping strip, the Belgian government has launched OpenSoon, an initiative that puts independence and creativity back at the heart of your community by supporting young upstarts in their retail adventures. We profile four of these subsidised projects, starting this week with Brussels-based jewellery shop-come-talent-plateform Joya.
London’s The Peoples Supermarket wins smart future minds award
A supermarket for the people by the people - this is the motto of the winning project. A sustainable food cooperative that provides healthy, local food at reasonable prices convinced the international jury at the smart urban stage Frankfurt.
‘WeForest’ represents Belgium at smart urban stage in Frankfurt
Saving the planet by planting trees - this is the mission of Belgian NGO WeForest which has the chance to win the smart future minds award tomorrow in Frankfurt. We spoke to CEO Marie-Noelle Keijzer in the run up to the big day.
Getting diggy with it: our QR codes
You might not have noticed it, but we took a step closer to the future in our last edition, the red album. Indeed, QR codes (those god-ugly barcodes you can see at the tail-end of some of the red album’s stories and features) were introduced to our pages, the sole purpose of which is to […]
Noir: entertaining a dark passion for sustainable fashion
Sustainable designer lines might flourish all over the fashion sphere, yet it would seem that only a few brands can be credited for making it happen. Noir, a Copenhagen-based fashion group, was smart enough to get rid of all the hippie dippie connotations the fad carries by injecting some major sex appeal into sustainability. Writer […]
Less is a bore
Minimalism equals good taste. For nearly a century, such was the design credo of the Western world. But let’s face it: the world has changed a great deal since. Writer Anneke Bokern Suddenly, countries that never had much of an influence on the international design scene are developing into major markets. “People here want golden faucets”, […]
Tap that thang: we want to hear from you (in return for some booze)
Our iPad app comes out early January. Expect a more engaging and immersive editorial experience. Print, digital, video and sound – all-in-one. Its starting point will be the magazine (as with pretty much everything in Word world), its scope the neighbourhood (you know, Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Eindhoven, Maastricht, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Koln) and its reach […]
Back To School party: the yearbook project
As soon as we got the go-ahead from the powers-that-be to invade public elementary school Les Mouettes for our Back To School party, we simply couldn’t resist the idea of having our very own yearbook studio. Here are some of the photographs we got during the night, but you can view the entire album on our […]
Ik hou van Charleroi
Our relationship with Charleroi and its locals was left somewhat shaky after a feature we ran in last year’s Heritage Issue. Conceived as a tribute to the city’s industrial heritage, the piece garnered its fair share of controversy and even a few angry comments. We felt we owed the city a fresh new look and […]
A shoe called Faguo
A collective sigh for yet another sneaker claiming to save the world, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d already seen Faguo. A discreetly designed and simple sneaker which looks like something we’ve all owned at some point in our lives, although there is something hidden beneath that sober and humble exterior. Encapsulated in the trademark […]
Belgium has a number of reputable festivals all year-round but if you’re looking for a low-key urban initiative, Deurne is now to be added to your summer ‘to-do list’: this municipality of Antwerp premiered a “route of art” and festivities between Wednesday 18th and Sunday 22nd August. Named Deurnroosje after the Sleeping Beauty tale (i.e. […]
Naked and bare
Cultural life in Brussels might shift into lower gear during the summer but contrary to popular belief, it does not die and disappear into a vortex of oblivion. Amongst the recommendable activities available to those whom, by choice or by necessity, will spend the better days of the summer in the city, the opening of […]
Brussels: where we shop
Sales have kicked off – which means we can finally indulge in some of our favourite brands without fear of ending up blacklisted by all the country’s banks. Scroll down for a selection of boutiques and stores that have become inevitable stops in our retail therapy marathon route. Mapp Store (Men and Women) © Mapp […]
Brussels: where we peruse art
Dog days like these – when meagre desk fans just won’t cut it and the prospect of being in closed quarters has your forehead dripping – are ideal to seek refuge in the vast and deliciously chilled premises of the city’s art centres and galleries. Below are some of our locations of choice when it […]
We made your world
Many of the objects that we overlook or take for granted have had an extraordinary role to play in human history. From concrete to the cathode ray tube: yesterday’s breakthrough discovery often becomes tomorrow’s trash. Photography Guy Van Laere Additional research Hettie Judah “For over one billion people in the developing world, glasses are a […]
Fragments of the abstract
Three days until our Breakthrough Issue hits the street, here’s a mini teaser series courtesy of Melika, our current photography intern. Soft-spoken and suggestive, the duplicity of its meaning as well as its layered finish lends the series a powerful, theme-specific narative. Photography Melika Ngombe. The serie’s first image will also be making a short […]
The unprintables – Your days are numbered
We asked Felicie to create somewhat of an alternative board game for our Morning After Issue. Here, you get the chance to download the game’s unadultured and unobstructed version (complete with an online-exclusive title), as well as an interactive ‘how to play’ guide, just to make your fun that much easier on you… To put […]
The morning after breakfast
We captured the decaying evolution of a morning after fry-up with a breakfast fit for kings having taken a turn for the worst in this day-to-day documentary of the rotten. First off, the shots we ran with in our Morning After edition… Then two behind-the-scenes ones: What Sarah – who shot the series – had […]
Waiting for The Skin Issue
Hard at work on our March edition, themed The Skin Issue (our Friday 5th March 2010), we’re on the lookout for stuff (rude boys, art history/curating/events interns, DJs submissions, etc…) and wanted to remind you of other stuff (more Morning After posts to look forward to, concert tickets to win, Tweets to follow). Here’s a […]
Looking for curves, class and a splash of cuteness
If Don Draper would loosen up a little, he’d most definitely do so at Radio Modern parties. Known for their heady mix of fifties fun, pettycoats and good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll, the Radio Modern crew now have their eyes firmly fixed on their next challenge: to bring Burlesque fun to your nights, in the […]
Christmas came early at The Word
We’d normally never post something along these lines, but the sheer generosity and attention put into this gift meant we simply had to show off and tell you all about what we got. (doesn’t the saying go ‘Hate the game, don’t hate the player’ ? Or something along those lines at least…) Sent by the […]
The Scatalog – Design goes down… and out
Back in September, we talked with Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg about her RCA graduation project on bacteria hacking and synthetic biology. She’s barely stopped moving since then – she’s currently working on a new research project in Australia, but before she disappeared off to the other side of the world, she joined up with a team […]
They came, brainstormed, ate cake, drank tea, then left.
In preparation for our December edition, themed The Heritage Issue (out Friday 27th November), the team gathered around the table to muse about the theme and its many possibilities. Delphine, Damien, Alex, Ulrike, Sarah, Veerle and Lea all were there, and ideas were aplenty. Some were good, some were bad, some were pretty, some were […]
The Nippon Brainstorm
We barely put an issue to bed that we’re already brainstorming the next one – in this case, our November edition The Nippon Issue. We talked kimonos, Kenzo and karaoke, sake, sex and Sumos. Oh, and we were adamant on the one over-ridding feeling guiding our ideas: Fuck Hello Kitty. Yes, you heard. We ain’t […]
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