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.