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CIPU Excursion: How to combat commercial vacancies in Differdange?

How to enable sustainable urban commercial development in inner cities? How to cope with commercial concurrence between city centres and greenfield shopping centres? How to deal with commercial vacancies? What instruments and tools are there that decision-makers can use? On Friday, 17. September 2021, CIPU organised an excursion to two Luxembourg cities to address these …

CIPU Excursion: How to combat commercial vacancies in Esch-sur-Alzette?

How to enable sustainable urban commercial development in inner cities? How to cope with commercial concurrence between city centres and greenfield shopping centres? How to deal with commercial vacancies? What instruments and tools are there that decision-makers can use? On Friday, 17. September 2021, CIPU organised an excursion to two Luxembourg cities to address these …

LUGA 2025: Luxembourg Urban Garden Show

Luxembourg has a long tradition in horticulture and related sectors. In 2025, the Luxembourg Urban Garden show (LUGA) will be organised, aiming to showcase the countries’ rich history in food horticulture and the improving the urban quality of life.

Climate change adaptation in municipal planning: the example of Differdange

Celebrating the accession of the city of Differdange to the CIPU convention, we interviewed Laura Pregno, alderwoman for urban development and Manuel Lopes Costa, chief planner for the City of Differdange. Differdange is the third-largest city in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The interview covered climate change adaptation and climate action in Luxembourg urban areas.

Deep geothermal drilling in Dudelange: Geothermal energy to power a brownfield development

Large-scale brownfield development projects present many challenges for their cities, especially energy. In addition, existing infrastructure struggles to satisfy the increased demand. For ‘NeiSchmelz’, an innovative energy concept was developed, to use photovoltaics and deep geothermal energy. In Dudelange, an eco-district is being developed, with an innovative energy concepts including the first deep geothermal drilling of Luxembourg.

Klimapakt: an Instrument promoting municipal climate action

Climate change also affects Luxembourg. More frequent droughts, torrential rains and flooding are just some of the changes expected in the near future. Climate action measures can address these changes. By reducing the environmental impact of human actions, climate change can be slowed if not halted. To monitor progress in climate action, Luxembourg, along with …

A commercial observation register for Luxembourg: Mapping the commercial landscape in cities and municipalities

Urban retailers face increasing competition through changing consumer behaviour including online shopping and greenfield shopping centres. This leads to vacant retail areas within cities, as customer footfall is channelled away from the centres. Increasing the understanding of ‘Why?’ and ‘How?’ these processes happen is the main objective of the Commercial Observation Register. This is a nation-wide database of retailers and their characteristics, enabling analysis of the commercial landscape in a city or municipality.

‘Belval’ – Transforming a former steel mill into a new urban district

The steel crisis in the 1970’s prompted an economic re-orientation. The decline of the steel industry and its production sites led to a period of difficult economic transition. Nevertheless, the vacant steel production sites in direct proximity to city centres would prove valuable for the future. To support alternative economic sectors and to address high demand for offices and housing, these brownfield sites are steadily being converted into urban districts. The ‘Belval’ reconversion project is the first development of its kind in Luxembourg, converting the former steel production site into a new urban district.

NeiSchmelz in Dudelange: a large-scale industrial brownfield development

The south of Luxembourg is marked by the heritage of the steel industry and mining. Large active and inactive industrial sites next to urban centres remind residents and visitors of the peak of heavy industry. Located in the south of Dudelange city centre, the Schmelz district was home to a steel mill until 2005. The …

The first eco-village in the Greater Region: BENU village in Esch-sur-Alzette, South of Luxembourg

Cities are hot spots of ecological disruption due to excessive consumption of natural resources and high pollution by inhabitants. At the same time, cities are also creative spaces where existing models and rules are challenged, and alternatives are developed and tested. ‘Eco-districts’ and ‘eco-villages’ are new approaches and concepts that are being tested in urban areas. With principles such as ‘zero-waste’ and the circular economy becoming increasingly popular, these initiatives currently experience a renaissance with great interest of the public, decision-makers and urban planners.

National ‘Baulückenprogramm’: Vacant lot mobilisation programme and first pilot in Dudelange

In 2013 there were some 995 hectares of vacant building land in Luxembourg which are classified as ‘Baulücken’. They are connected to infrastructure such as electricity and waste water. In principle, they are immediately available for construction and thus can tackle short- and intermediate-term needs for housing. To stimulate the use of these plots, the state has initiated the so-called ‘Baulückenprogramm’ (vacant lot identification and mobilisation programme). In Dudelange, the first project under the national programme is now underway.

National Urban Farming Strategy: a strategy to boost urban farming activities in Luxembourg

Production and consumption in today’s food systems are spatially separated with transport often being long and resource-intensive. Bringing production closer to consumers can help reduce the environmental impact of food production. In Luxembourg, agricultural land is under pressure. To safeguard the ecosystem and biodiversity more and more agricultural areas are under environmental protection. In addition, …