Luxembourg has developed a handbook for creating sustainable and ecological areas

    28 Dec 2021

    In Luxembourg, a new instruction “Ecourbanism” was presented – a tool that will help the public and private sectors to work on creating an environmentally friendly urban environment and improve the quality of life of residents. The instruction should be used by representatives of local authorities and private companies that are building cities.

    The document defines development strategies and concepts, on the basis of which it is proposed to develop innovative urban concepts at the district level. These areas should promote well-being and social diversity, as well as the rational use of natural resources, taking into account environmental, spatial, social and economic characteristics.

    Eco-districts should be low-carbon, flexible, have affordable housing, quality living space, and reproduce the symbiosis of the city and nature.

    The document aims to establish common terminology, stimulate innovation and urban experimentation. On the other hand, it is a checklist that can be used as a tool to effectively achieve the goals of sustainable development and construction regulation. For example, the creation of a “15-minute city”, the implementation of the use of resources using the principles of the circular economy, stimulating the production and consumption of renewable energy, and so on.

    “The goal is to create a platform that promotes urban planning with a positive impact. Instead of limiting, we propose changes. This guide allows you to find a common language to raise awareness and stimulate innovation and urban experimentation,” commented the Department of Regional Planning.

    The strategy is aimed at reconciling the city with the environment. In particular, it requires sustainable urban planning and careful treatment of resources. The manual consists of three main sections (“people”, “resources”, “methodological processes”), which combine 15 topics. For each topic, the goal is specified, the strategies to be implemented are described in detail, and examples of local or international experience are offered as best practices. Designers and architects can draw inspiration from existing examples or consult with the promoters of these projects.

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