The city of Mechelen has a chance to win various prizes in the coming weeks. For example, the neighborhood project with mARTa and h.Art van de Heihoek has been nominated for the Matexi Award. The new Parking Keerdok and the city’s heating strategy have a chance to win a Publica Award.
Until Tuesday, November 14, the public can vote for the Publica Awards, which will be presented on Thursday, November 16. You can also vote on two Mechelen projects. One of these is the city’s heating strategy. The city aims to completely move away from fossil fuels. This strategy is already being applied in various places, including in Mechelen-Noord, in the Vestingen and the Ragheno district.
In addition, the realization of Parking Keerdok also has a chance to win a Publica Award. According to the city, the parking lot, which also accommodates offices and a supermarket, is a good example of sustainability in various areas. “These nominations recognize the efforts of all parties involved and the vision we have developed for a sustainable future of our city,” says Alderman for Sustainability Patrick Princen (Vld-Groen-m+).
The city has also been nominated for a Matexi Award. The neighborhood project with mARTa and h.Art van de Heihoek was selected from almost 160 candidates. The deconsecrated church mARTa is a place for art, while elsewhere in the neighborhood efforts are being made to green and strengthen social cohesion. It will become clear on November 23 whether the project will win a prize. In addition to the prize for the most connecting initiative, there is also a prize for the greenest initiative and an audience award.
“By continuously involving local residents and associations, it is a sustainable and supported project for the entire neighborhood,” say aldermen for Culture and Social Cohesion Björn Siffer and Rina Rabau Nkandu (both Vld-Groen-m+). “The voice of the neighborhood is captured through various workshops and participation tables and that translates into every step we take. mARTa grew into the cultural engine and social heart of the neighborhood.”