ZL'EU: Spatial Strategy Zuid-Limburg in Euregional Context© ZL'EU2020
Location of the area under consideration in a regional context. Focus is on South Limburg in the euregional context and direct proximity to Aachen, Hasselt and Liège.
The challenges beyond the borders are similar: the Netherlands and Germany face urgent tasks that are important locally, nationally and globally. The tasks concern climate change, the energy transition, the circular economy, infrastructure, mobility, health and housing. In concretizing a new standard supported by policy, it is necessary to create space for new initiatives and experimentation both in terms of processes and outcomes.
The following thematic priorities have been formulated for this reason:
- Population and social cohesion
- Mobility and infrastructure
- Landscape and biodiversity
- Economy and structural change
- Education and research
- Culture and identity
The following cross-sectional topics are added to the consideration of space:
- Cross-border cooperation,
- Climate change and
- Innovation and digitalization
With the integrated view, spatial visions and strategies for a spatial development program are created. In this way, the project will make a significant contribution to strengthening the spatial quality of the euregional Zuid-Limburg area.
Placement of the project in the goals of the Regio Deal
The main objectives of the Regio Deal Parkstad Limburg are firstly the "strengthening of the socio-physical viability" and secondly the "strengthening of the spatial and socio-economic structure". This is followed by ZL'EU with its integrated strategy for the region. With the cross-border spatial strategy, the project forms the basis for the cooperation between the Regio Parkstad Limburg and the Städteregion Aachen. It helps to seize opportunities and remove obstacles that citizens and businesses face when it comes to living, working, recreating and experiencing culture across borders. The project also strengthens the euregional mindset of citizens and businesses by organizing and supporting accessible, cross-border participation formats around integrated planning.
A project of L'EAU
The project is carried out in the framework of the Laboratory of European Augemented Urbanism, L'EAU. L'EAU is a platform for innovative and international spatial cooperation, in one of the most important cross-border regions in Europe.
Together, the trinational agglomeration between the Meuse and the Rhine will be developed and shaped into a central knowledge, technology and service region, which are interrelated, independent of administrative borders.
The tri-national agglomeration between Meuse and Rhine is a unique region in many respects: its location makes it one of the most important cross-border regions in Europe and, at the same time, with the help of RWTH Aachen University, a central knowledge, technology and service region that is interrelated independently of administrative borders.
The accompanying processes, layers and structures in settlement-geographical, economic, ecological, social and (building-)cultural respects are picture-forming.
1st of August 2020 to 1st October 2022
- Maurer United Architects
- RHA – REICHER HAASE ASSOZIIERTE
- Provincie Limburg
- Stadsregio Parkstad Limburg
- Regio Deal Parkstad
- Economische Samenweking Zuid-Limburg
- Project homepage L'EAU
- Project homepage ZL'EU
Press - De Limburger - 7th June 2023
"Final agreement between Heerlen and RWTH, Aachen University unveils name on Promenade building in September"
Press - De Limburger - 12th June 2023
"Thinking about a future where Parkstad and German border region strengthen each other: 'Make the euregio a 30-minute region'"
- Project documentation Dutch (pdf: 68119 kb)
- Project documentation German (pdf: 69767 kb)
- Spatial Strategies Workshop (pdf: 37535 kb)
- Raumbild-Klausur (pdf: 14994 kb)
- ZL'EU Kickoff Workshop Diagnosis (pdf: 51749 kb)
- Diagnosis Workshop Economy and Structural Change / Research and Innovation (pdf: 10581 kb)
- Diagnosis Workshop Economy and Structural Change / Research and Innovation (pdf: 48738 kb)
- Diagnosis Workshop Landscape and Biodiversity (pdf: 17008 kb)
- Diagnosis Workshop Mobility and Infrastructure (pdf: 29503 kb)
- Workshop Interdependencies (pdf: 14537 kb)
- Spatial hypothesis: energy and mobility (pdf: 59724 kb)
- Spatial hypothesis: agriculture and biodiversity (pdf: 54307 kb)
- Spatial hypothesis: economy and population (pdf: 53784 kb)