Metropolitan Legal Lab

The Metropolitan Legal Lab is a collaboration between the research group Government & Law of the Law Faculty and the Faculty of Design Sciences. The objective of MLL is to offer a forum for exchange of innovative ideas between researchers and practitioners related to important legal issues in the area of metropolitan design and urban planning and to develop new lines of research aimed at legal innovation supporting metropolitan development.

This way, our research group combines in a unique way legal expertise with spatial planning. Our research deals with new legal issues in the context of open creative design of future cities. Key research issues of this research track are open metropolitan design and intellectual property rights, urban design and adaptive law, the legal position of architects in future urban design and transferable development rights.

Passages

Passages, transitional spaces for the 21st century city

How can small infrastructural interventions have a significant impact and provide solutions to urgent problems such as mobility, security, accessibility and efficiency, that cannot be dealt with by long planning processes and large-scale operations? This research question represents the main focus of the research program, called Passages.

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Privatizing Urban Planning

"Privatizing" Urban Planning: An Examination of the Role of Transferable Development Rights (TDRs) in Flanders from a Comparative Perspective

The Flemish Government aims to limit fragmented landscapes. Its credo goes: "keep open space free & build more in city and village centers." Municipalities and provinces that want to start using the twofold principle may soon be able to do so thanks to “transferable development projects (TDRs).”

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Architect 2.0 – Legal Issues in the Belgian Legal Framework for Architects

Architect 2.0 – Legal Issues in the Belgian Legal Framework for Architects

This research project will provide an analysis of some of these legal issues, specifically in the area of architects regulation (i.e. the Belgian 1939 Architects Law and Copyright Legislation).

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Analysis of Building Permits in the region of Flanders (Belgium)

Analysis of Building Permits in the region of Flanders (Belgium)

This research encompasses a quantitative analysis of the Flemish building permits database.

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