On 25 June 2013 EUKN organised its first Policy Lab in Luxembourg on the development of sustainable housing quarters (or neighbourhoods) especially from a governance perspective. The Policy Lab focused on the overall process of developing a sustainable housing quarter from conception to implementation. The Policy Lab gathered actors from municipal and national governments, from the University of Luxembourg, from a Real Estate company (Groupe Schuler) and from a public contractor (Fonds du Logement).
The Policy Lab focuses on the current sustainable urban development strategies and their European context, the various approaches of urban areas development and the lessons learnt from these approaches. A first presentation was given by Prof. Markus Hesse, from the University of Luxembourg, on urban development in Luxembourg. Mr. Staadt presented the project “Neischmelz” in Dudelange and the approaches to cope with wicked problems in the development of a sustainable quarter, followed by a discussion. Mr. Delposen explained the choice of having a label for real estates developers. As a case study, the sustainable area of Kronsberg in Hannover was introduced by Mr. Dr. Martinsen explaining in detail the specific features of a successful sustainable urban quarter.
The workshops focused on a specific challenge and on the structure of the planification/construction process, followed by exchanges on the findings. The Policy Lab ended on a closing speech by Mr. Diederich from the Luxembourg Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures.