Woluwe-Saint-Lambert: from countryside to city. Over 100 years of photos.


15/09/2018 - 16/09/2018

Woluwe-Saint-Lambert: from countryside to city. Over 100 years of photos.

“What a crazy idea, building a boulevard in the middle of the countryside… so far from the city!” That was the reaction of the residents of Brussels when the creation of the Boulevard Brand Whitlock/Brand Whitlocklaan was announced under the reign of Leopold II. However, it was a resounding success; the middle classes of Brussels soon began to purchase land there in order to enjoy the clean country air. This was the start of the development of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert/Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe, then a rural municipality. The Boulevard de la Woluwe/Woluwedal was, in turn, developed in the 1970s, extending the spread of the city onto the eastern side of the valley. Everything then happened in quick succession: the rapid rise of the motor car, the arrival of the shopping centre, UCL university, the metro; they all confirmed this urbanisation process, combining to give the municipality its current appearance.
Through photographs, the exhibition “Woluwe-Saint-Lambert: from countryside to city” will focus on the experience of the Woluwe neighbourhood committees. These organisations wish to share their love for their municipality, helping to steer it towards a future of well- thought-out development. The exhibition will give you an insight into the municipality’s growth and urbanisation, transporting you back in time and enabling you to see the progress that has been made. The tour will also raise the question of the future of the Brussels Capital-Region and the consequences of its increasing sprawling urbanisation. A children’s drawing competition (6 to 12 years of age) on the theme of “A drawing of my municipality” will be held as part of the exhibition.

A partnership between the non-profit association Wolu-Inter-Quartiers and the Comités du Haut Woluwe.

Practical information

    • Van Meyel Farmhouse
    • Avenue Georges Henri/Georges Henrilaan 251
    • 1200 Brussels
    • Sat. & Sun. from 10h00 to 17h00
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