Monday 4th July – Re-wilding the garden city
The internship kicked off with an introductory lecture at Hostel H by Liesbeth Huybrechts, regarding what is to come in the week ahead. The group then took the train to Bokrijk where they collected their bikes for the week to travel in true Belgian style! The route traveled to get to the sites in Winterslag was through woodland with a well-earned break to enjoy the view of Cycling through the water. This cycle route gave the groups an understanding of mining practices with the node wayfinding systems reflecting those of historic mining navigation. This tour led the groups to each of their sites, giving them a greater understanding of the location and allowing for initial discussions to take place.They built bamboo structures to mark their presence on site, brining attention to the programme.
This was followed by a visit to each site from the social housing company which later developed into a discussion with members of the local community, since noticing our presence on sites. Allowing them to voice their personal concerns and frustrations with the living situation in the area.
The day was rounded up with a communal dinner and informal de-briefing at Barousel H.