Verviers – Hodimont

The Hodimont neighbourhood is directly adjacent to Verviers city centre, from which it is separated by the Vesdre. To the west, the district is limited by the E42 motorway viaduct. Hodimont developed quickly during the 19th century, with the rise of the textile industry, but its decline was just as fast as that of its industry. Hodimont has approximately 4,300 residents, some 34% of whom are immigrants. It suffers from a declining image and significant socio-economic difficulties (the unemployment rate there is 30%). However, Hodimont has major potential: its proximity to the city centre, its multiculturality and its environment all are positive points that can be used to its advantage. As such, the local authorities have identified the district as requiring specific action and will soon be soliciting the regional authorities for important urban renewal work to be carried out there, necessary for the district to enjoy sustainable regeneration.

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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.

2009-09-29 | Climate module DPL

Contribution by Pieter Valkering (University Maastricht) as an advisor to the workshop 'Climate module DPL' at the Province of Limburg. The workshop adressed the further development of the sustainability monitoring tool DPL (IVAM UvA BV) requested by the Province of Limburg.

2009-09-29 | Lifelong learning Networks

Conference paper entitled “LIFELONG LEARNING NETWORKS FOR SUSTAINABLE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT” to which contributed Christine Ruelle (LEMA-ULg) and Pieter Valkering (University Maastricht), which was presented at the Lüneburg Workshop on Environmental and Sustainability Communication “Communication and learning in networks – Potentials and challenges for environmental sustainability”.

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.