Future prospects for the Saarlouis border region

Border Areas
TU Kaiserslautern
Prof. Dr. Detlef Kurth
Annika Schuster
Professur für Stadtplanung

Students of the TU Kaisers­lau­tern deal with the „Border­line City“ Saar­louis in WS 19/20. In Saar­louis, German and French influ­ences are closely inter­woven, since the national admi­nis­tra­tive borders have shifted there several times in the course of history. Curr­ently, the city center is located just under 10 kilo­me­ters from the French border. This has had a lasting influ­ence on the culture in the region. Func­tional inter­de­pen­den­cies across the border still exist. For example, the city employs around 30,000 people who live in France or Luxem­bourg and commute daily.

In the project „Border Areas“, students design and formu­late plan­ning perspec­tives for the future urban deve­lo­p­ment of Saar­louis in the form of a cross-border deve­lo­p­ment concept. This concept first outlines a model for the sustainable deve­lo­p­ment of the city and then contains more concrete goals, measures and projects. The project comprises the following buil­ding blocks:

  • Analysis of the current situa­tion (SWOT analysis)
  • Future work­shop to develop visions for the Saar­louis border region
  • Elabo­ra­tion of urban deve­lo­p­ment policy and urban deve­lo­p­ment objectives
  • Draf­ting master plans for the extended border region of Saar­louis and for sub-regions that illus­trate objec­tives, measures and projects.

As a dialogue-oriented project, the deve­lo­p­ment concept is deve­loped in close coope­ra­tion with poli­tics, admi­nis­tra­tion and local actors.