Manuel Castro Veiga

Proposed network of modular structures:

Scheme of construction and adaptation to different functions:



Manuel Castro Veiga

Design applications on site:


3 main zones: 1. Elderly, 2. Children, 3. Juvenile

1. Centre for the elderly

2. Plaza for Children

3. Sports zone for youngers


Dear Alfa ADU partners
On friday, january 18th, we conducted a videoconference to share experiences with our peers from Belgium; despite having some technical problems, the experience was very enriching for our team since we got to see we have more things in common than we thought at the beginning. Our students got excited to present again their ideas in the future and they are developing their proposals and practicing their English for more events like this.
Thanks to the Belgium team, specially to Kris!
Looking forward to more video-conferences!!

We would like to point out several questions which were raised during our group discussions.

Our exploration on Wenduine is done by looking at area in different scales. Firstly, big Wenduine – Brugge scale, secondly, Wenduine – De Haan and farmland scale, and lastly, local Wenduine scale. By doing this we can identify different connections and relations for Wenduine and understand different processes better.

One of the suggestions was to improve connectivity between Brugge and Wenduine. What if Brugge is a main entertainment place for Wenduine? They can complement each other. Things which are not in one town can be found in another and benefit from it.  It can help Wenduine get unstressed in the summertime from tourist activities, keeping the identity, avoid unnecessary activities.

Conversely, what if Wenduine becomes main gateway to the sea for  Brugge? Wendune could be the main beach for Brugge. Organizing public festivals during a year would attract people of different age and class from Brugge and other towns and let them interact with each other.

“If you domesticate me, we would need each other.
 You would be unique for me and
 I will be unique for you in the world.”

This quote can be a metaphor for our concept.  What if we apprivoisons (domesticate) sprawl? What if every house has its own personal field? This would lead to the idea of interconnectivity of the sprawl environment.  Maybe social relationships are better when the distance is bigger…

On the other hand we were thinking of new conceptions inside the town of Wendine: What if we create a virtual database which connects all houses in one system?

By introducing cheaper housing in the center, we will get mixed areas which will attract young people, because it is attractive to live near the sea.

What will happen if we connect every house in the town with an internet connection, a virtual space, where you can speak with people, check events, do the virtual shopping or work from home? We would adapt houses with a wall virtual screen and in this way we would solve a mobility problem and try to activate social life preserving property values.

What will happen if we restrict the traffic to main roads? We could bring the countryside into the townscape.

What if we locate camping along the beach? Introduce new camps affordable for young people, which could combine public and private facilities.

Above we were suggesting several scenarios, some of which might contribute to each other and some might be excluded on the basis of further research. At the moment we would like to concentrate on sprawl and the countryside issues and examine the possibilities of farmlands.