My school and St Luc Brussels organised a one week long workshop to think about how to make Brussels citizens aware of the Godin heritage.
Godin is the famous industrial creator of the stove “Godin” who realized his utopia « It’s not the realization of the happiness that I have inaugurated ; it only alleviates the suffering of the working class ». As a visionary, a century ago, he built a factory with its “Familistère” to offer a decent life to workers.
The building is located close to the Royal Palace, along the river. It is a little city in the city. There, people were living and working in the same place.
Nowadays, the “Familistère” has been refurbished and reconverted into low rental accommodation housing, whereas the old factory has been transformed into a tyre-recycling firm. It was consequently in a bad state.
To preserve the Godin factory, we had first to make people aware of its beauty and its architectural interest. To do so, we organised an event during the National Heritage Day, which would attracted lots of people.
My team, made up of 8 Belgium and French students, worked on bringing Godin into the city. We created little “Folies” located in famous places of Brussels. Those little corten steel boxes, which recall the factories’ sheds, welcomed artistic photos of the Godin site. It first surprised citizens and visitors, and in addition, it aroused their curiosity. Furthermore, it guided people from the centre of Brussels to the Godin factory, following the ancient flow of the river.
We finally made a video, in homage to Brussels, home to Comic Strips.