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.