Dernière mise à jour le 15 June 2019

“Brusselisation (in Dutch: verbrusseling) is a term used by planners to describe the anarchic development of an ancient city delivered to developers. This phenomenon is named after the city of Brussels where he was particularly noticeable in the 1960s and 1970s, when the city was delivered to the dreams of the future city of uncontrolled promoters.”


“We can without much difficulty dating the birth of the phenomenon in Brussels Universal Exhibition of 1958. To prepare the city, boulevards were drilled, dug tunnels, in short, entered Brussels on the same level of civilization in the car.”

“In subsequent years, a huge project was set up to transform the entire northern district, a district of Brussels close to the Gare du Nord, in a kind of future city.”

“Before the resistance of the local population, the islets of whole apartment blocks were acquired and abandoned until the last inhabitants flee and that planning permission be granted war weary.”

“The decay method was then generalized to the entire city, where office space tripled in 20 years.”


“Other cities had been the prey of speculators in the past. Haussmann’s Paris, for example, has lucrative investment at the expense of little people, returned to the Zone. But Haussmann’s Paris decked herself an alibi aesthetics and new avenues were not lacking in speed.”

“Nothing like in Brussels, where the vaulting of the Senne in the nineteenth century and the junction station on the North and South in the 1930s had left terrible scars in the urban fabric. Somehow, the fact that the center of Brussels has been mutilated and has not really made ​​the statement it easier for developers.”

Source (fr) :

Google This page has been translated by Google translation