Eupen – Unterstadt

The Unterstadt (Ville-Basse) neighbourhood is located in the south-eastern part of Eupen, the county town of the German-speaking Community of Belgium. The district has 5,500 residents. It was developed in the 19th century as a show place of the textile industry because of the presence of water from two rivers, the Helle and the Vesdre. After the decline of the textile industry, the cable industry was established there, and is currently one of the Region’s main employers. This district, characterised by a considerable interweaving of industrial and residential units, is currently suffering from traffic congestion, empty housing and commercial units, and a negative image. The presence of the Helle and the Vesdre, the forest surroundings, the Hautes Fagnes/Eifel Nature Reserve, as well as the nearby dam on the Vesdre, all are favourable elements for making the Ville-Basse District a tourist resort, a place with attractive housing, and a sustainable urban district.

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2011-09-14 | Unterstadt district website

As of 14 September 2011, the Unterstadt district now has its own information page on the official Eupen town website. Simply go to: http://www.eupen.be/Wirtschaft/Unterstadt.aspx

2011-07-01 | Hodimont'Zine

The first edition of the new district magazine, Hodimont'Zine, was published on 1 July. It contains all the latest information about the district itself, the activities taking place and the different associations active within the district.

2011-02-11 | Visit to Le Chênelet in Nord pas de Calais

Le Chênelet was originally a social employment and organic farming project. With support from the Interreg IV programme, among others, it has been expanded into an ecological construction company working with local materials. Using this approach it incorporates the four elements of the SUN project.

Each of the places involved in the SUN project has at least prompted similar projects in one form or another. As in Le Chênelet they often link social employment with construction and agricultural services aimed at the most vulnerable target groups in society. More info under www.chenelet.org or HERE

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2010-01-07 | SUN goes online

The SUN projectteam is proud to present the brand new, modern and dynamic website over the project. Enjoy discovering and surfing.

2009-03-31 | Presentation of the SUN project

Christine Ruelle (LEMA-ULg), accompanied by Dirk Knapen (DuBoLimburg), Dieudonné Lequarré (Eco' Hom) and Christoph Küpper (FHS-Aachen), presented the project SUN at the occasion of the North-European Forum on Sustainable Disctricts which was held on March 31st and April 1st in Dunkerque. That was a unique opportunity to exchange views with many other participants from various regions, implied in other projects of sustainable neighbourhoods.