Spring 2020 IIII
The structure of this thesis is based on Doug Saunders’ Arrival City (2011), in which the author presents a broad knowledge of the functioning of the places where immigrants usually first settle.
Throughout the book, Saunders describes the arrival movement as -arrival, upward mobility, and exodus-. Hence, the intention of this work to investigate the details of the migration phenomena in Luxembourg based on both anecdotal and empirical data basis.
Luxembourg has the highest populational growth in Europe. However, the raw numbers on populational movements within and without the country reveal that we are facing a far more impactful picture. In 2019 alone, the number of new incomers was 60.420 people, whereas the number of departures reached astonishing 49.345, rendering Luxembourg as a country in which constant populational shifts shape its social fabric.
The Project presented in this thesis representes an intention to include the issues previously mentioned into spatial and urban planning strategies, without necessarily picturing utopian or dystopian scenarios.
With that in mind, the proposal aims at the transformation of an under-used territory, in the city of Esch-Sur-Alzette, into a socially and culturally integrated and articulated masterplan, creating productive relations between settlers, nomads, locals, and governments.