This project centers on 3 cities: Verviers, Limbourg and Eupen, which are located in different languages speaking communities in the Liège province, Wallonia region, Belgium. What makes this project fascinating is not only the rich culture backgrounds among German, Belgian and French, but also the international cooperation of ‘Meuse–Rhine Euroregion’ which has been set up since 1976.
Under the umbrella of this project, there are two specific subprojects in two different languages which are provided for your free of choice:
1. A regional development concept, whose approach will be on a relatively macro scale. The tuition language is English.
2. A hotel design: the castle hotel Chateau d’Andrimont, which will be on a concrete architecture scale. The tuition language is German.
This development is suggested to be taken further in the Euroregion and beyond.
A vision statement and a forward-looking, sustainable regional concept for the next decade should be developed, which analyzes and makes the best of the tourism, landscape, cultural and socio-economic potential of the region.
The to-be-developed regional concept should be in line with the below shown ‘eastern Belgium living 2025’ for the German speaking community, which has been in implementation since 2008.
The macro region of the project includes Verviers, Limbourg and Eupen. However, further focus is suggested to be put on the city of Limbourg, which is currently establishing itself as the ”Historic Capital of the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion” based on its historical importance as the ”Old Capital of the Duchy of Limbourg”.
‘‘In 2008 and 2009, a long-term strategy was elaborated, transcending the kind of policy planning that is determined by legislative periods.’’ -- Ministry of the German-speaking Community, 2016
And our research is to put the focus on how a comprehensive regional development concept can be produced through the joining forces among different stake holders in order to foster various international and interdisciplinary cooperation.