Urban connections

Designing an eco-neighbourhood on the banks of the Maas River could help support new development in Liège, Belgium.

A conceptual masterplan by Amsterdam-based practice VenhoevenCS Architecture and Urbanism considers the development of an eco-neighbourhood on the banks of the Maas River in Belgium.

Submitted as a proposal for the 2017 Liège Expo in this city, such a development will help to create new opportunities for living, work and leisure for the city’s inhabitants and visitors to the expo.

For some time now the city of Liège has been redesigning its identity, while working to improve access to the river. The intervention by VenhoevenCS will serve the needs of the expo, and will continue doing so after the event for the residents. The project will also improve the city’s facilities and amenities.

“Connecting the world”, the theme of the expo, is reflected in the masterplan with sustainable transport receiving priority. It is proposed that a tram connection links the grounds to the city centre while a ferry service will also connect the different expo sites to the city centre. This all forms part of the plan to make more efficient use of the river.

It is envisioned that after the expo the forms of transport will support new developments, like housing, schools, offices, libraries and shops.

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