Researchers and engineers at the VUB research group Mechanics of Materials and Constructions (MeMC) are experimenting extensively with textile reinforced concrete. These are not ordinary textiles that clothes are made from, but technical textiles, made of carbon, glass or basalt fibres. Using this kind of material for reinforcement can reduce the amount of concrete in a structure by up to 80%, representing a serious economic and environmental gain.
Gérald Ledent and Alessandro Porotto (UCLouvain Faculty of Architecture LOCI+LAB * ) publish the first comprehensive monograph on Brussels housing architecture. It tells the architectural history of Brussels housing through more than 100 exemplary buildings, from semi-detached houses to collective housing.