Groene Long, Kuurne, drone photography by Guillaume Demeyere

The exhibition is accessible on the
second floor of the Broeltoren Zuid
during the opening hours of the 

 Disappeared eiland(s) in eastern Kortrijk by eiland collective 

The moated homesteads of Kortrijk are vernacular settlements that are surrounded by a moat, hidden within the urban sprawl of the city. In late medieval times there were more than 500 of them which constituted a network which stretched from the urban centers to the countryside across the whole region, following the watersheds.

Nowadays, a lot of these spaces have transformed into social catalysts with different vocations: educational, recreational, cultural, environmental... Some of these moated homesteads still have intact moats, others are incomplete, and many have altogether disappeared.

From above, these moated farmsteads look like islands, or in dutch: “eilanden”… What can their story teach us? How can they help us reorient our vision of urban life and project us into a sustainable future?

This exhibition is the result of the research
of Eiland collective composed by Elena Falomo,
Emilie Froelich and Jadd Hallaj, former
Designers in Residence invited by
Designregio Kortrij between October 2020
and February 2021.

Photography by Elena Falomo
Drone photography by Guillaume Demeyere


Ferraris map

  eiland(s) ranked by water surface [extract]

1873 map

The trees around an eiland used to be half-cut every seven year in order to provide wood for the farm. 

1939 map
The water loss due to eiland(s) disappearence represents approximately 2,25 km2

2,25 km2

    = 1,5x1,5 km square
    = 1,5 De Gavers lake 
    = 1800 olympic pools
Baron Casier park in Waregem


The territorial-lab initiative is supported by the KI:SS project coordinated by the intercommunale Leiedal. Investigating the potentials of city centers as catalysts for economical challenges, it aims to stimulate entrepreuneurship and innovation to prepare future changes. The methodology implies to make meet local entrepreneurs expertise in experience with professional knowledge through future-oriented thinking, digitization and disruptive thinking with a necessary attention for long-term solutions. This communication reflects the views only of the authWith or, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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