The history of urban development under Léopold II


16/09/2017 - 16/09/2017

Supported by King Léopold II, Victor Besme, a visionary town-planner, with his 1862 and 1866 master plans for the development and beautification of the Brussels urban area anticipated and planned the expansion of greater Brussels. He designed a highly elaborate system of roads connecting the new city suburbs to the urban centre as well as to each other while taking full advantage of the topographical features and landscaping opportunities offered by these new urban additions. A core part of this major project was the development of parks. This bus tour will explain how these development plans shaped Brussels and provided the city with some of its finest urban amenities such as Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark, Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan, Jardin du Roi as well as Avenue Franklin Roosevelt/Franklin Rooseveltlaan and Woluwe Park, a fragile, threatened heritage.

In cooperation with Atelier de Recherche et d’Action Urbaines (ARAU).

Practical information

    • corner of Boulevard Pacheco/Pachecolaan and Boulevard du Jardin Botanique/Kruidtuinlaan
    • boulevard du Jardin botanique
    • 1000 Brussels
    • Saturday at 9h30, 10h30, 13h30 and 14h30 (duration: 3 hours)
      Please note that bookings are essential. Call 02/219.33.45 (from Monday to Friday, 10h00 to 15h00). Up to 45 people per tour. In French only.
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