From vacancy to
a thriving city

Friday September 28 2018 | Lamot Convention and Heritage Center, Mechelen

5 years MEST, time for ReCITYlize

5 years MEST, time for ReCITYlize On Friday, September 28, we celebrate our 5th anniversary with "ReCitylize", a half-day symposium for everyone active in urban temporary occupations, support for starters and creative professions, redevelopment projects and related initiatives. It’s an ideal moment to put our heads together, share insights and inspire each other

The symposium brings together presentations from six fascinating speakers who each highlight their projects from their own perspective, thus contributing to an intense cross-pollination of ideas. After a buffet dinner with an opportunity for networking, there will be an academic session that includes an inspiring keynote presentation by Charles Landry, the leading authority in the field of creative urban development.


Daniel Schnier

Co founder and operator
ZZZ - ZwischenZeitZentrale Bremen
Bremen, Duitsland

Jessica Tsang

Projects Director
Meanwhile Spaces
London, UK


Toestand VZW
Brussel, Belgie

Nadine Roos

Founder and Co-Owner
Hunk Design - Flying Grass Carpet
Rotterdam, Nederland

Dina Ntziora

Creative Producer
ArtspaceLifespace (Bristol) Victoria Square Project (Athens)
Athene, Griekenland

William Dufourcq

Directeur de Site Saint Vincent de Paul
(14eme) - Les Grands Voisins
Les Grand Voisins
Parijs, Frankrijk

Keynote speaker

Who is Charles Landry?

Charles Laundry is an international authority on creativity in urban transformation. He sees the cultural individuality of the existing urban space as a lever to revitalize the local economy and to strengthen the resilience of people.

Charles Laundry helps cities achieve their full potential through imagination, creativity and openness to new ideas. He stimulates and inspires cities to get the best out of themselves.


15:00 Welcome with a drink
15:30 Inspiration sessions
16:45 Pause
17:00 Inspiration sessions
18:00 Walking dinner and networking
20:00 Academic session by Charles Landry about
“How can creativity give a city a future?”


Lamot Convention and Heritage Center,
Van Beethovenstraat 8-10, 2800
8-10 2800 Mechelen

Registration for ReCITYlize on September 28 is free, but required.

About mest

VZW MEST provides fertile soil for creative entrepreneurship to grow. In concrete terms, we give young ambitious starters the opportunity to occupy vacant and affordable buildings in Mechelen where they can shape and test their plans.

Together with the city of Mechelen and partners, including Thomas More Hogeschool and Unizo, we provide maximum growth opportunities, support and coaching.

In the meantime, the MEST concept has led to numerous flourishing projects in the centre of Mechelen. Now, this has been expanded to include artistic entrepreneurs, artists and catering concepts.

Give young starters the space to do their thing and tackle the vacancy in Mechelen: a win-win for everyone.