Brussels according to BRAL

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BRAL strives to make Brussels more sustainable. But what do we mean by this? This is our vision of the Brussels region of the future.

Brussels offers its inhabitants every opportunity 

Brussels is a region that helps its inhabitants by offering them opportunities for development and social advancement. Sound education, economic development, employment and social redistribution are therefore crucial. The wealth or income differences between people are small. Everyone can afford decent and suitable housing. The right to housing takes precedence over the right to private property.

Brussels is a compact and green city

Brussels is a city that, to accommodate population growth, has been densified in a thoughtful and high-quality manner. Vacant buildings have disappeared. Some undeveloped areas have been given new housing, commerce, employment and services. Other zones or places have become urban nature. Buildings and nature are intertwined everywhere. The green spaces form a network, with the aim of optimal movement of cool and pure air to the buildings and maximum biodiversity.

Brussel is a heterogenous city

Brussels mixes social classes and functions. There are no major social differences between neighbourhoods, no mono-functional zones, and even at the building level, various functions coexist as much as possible. Every district has proportional access to public amenities, clean air, …

Brussels moves sustainably

Brussels is a city where residents and users - including the less mobile - can move around easily and in an environmentally friendly way. Thanks to the proximity of functions, everyone can easily make most journeys on foot or by bicycle. For the few longer distances, fast bicycle axes and high-quality environmentally friendly public transportation exist around the clock. Everything is produced close by, not at the other end of the world. Products are transported by high-performance and environmentally friendly freight. Car use has decreased and, as a result, the city's inhabitants and users have reappropriated public space and filled it in with greenery and recreation.

Brussels is less dependent on fossil fuels 

Brussels is a city that radically saves energy, both electricity and heat. Brussels generates its own electricity, in a multitude of small, green power sources. This energy is distributed through an efficient network. The air of Brussels gets cleaner at the same time.

Brussel produces less waste

Brussels is a city that produces less waste. Residents and users consume much less and all materials and products are composted or reused. Resources are also used sparingly. Water is purified and reused as much as possible.

Brussel is a creative city

Brussels is an ambitious, creative and dynamic city . Innovative ideas and initiatives about making and managing the city, about ecology, art and architecture are given the necessary space to develop. They get full support by policymakers.

Brussels is a cocreatieve city

Brussels carries cocreation at the heart of its policy. All public services, inhabitants and users of the city participate and cooperate in all phases of the policy: preparation, implementation, follow-up and evaluation. The government works as integrated as possible, even across regional borders.

BRAL, January 2011