Brownfield Redevelopment Challenges: A Luxembourg Example

Brano Glumac, Antoine Decoville

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Brownfield redevelopment has become a leitmotiv of urban policies aiming for environmental virtues and the revitalization of cities. Moreover, it appears to be a sustainable solution to the problem of meeting the demand for new development zones without expanding into greenfield sites. However, many obstacles can hinder the effective implementation of such projects. The current article focuses on the brownfield redevelopment policy followed in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and, more specifically, on the Belval project. It highlights its challenges, implementation modalities, public–private partnership arrangements, and also limitations in terms of citizen participation and spatial integration. The results show that the Belval redevelopment project has allowed the preservation of greenfield sites from the equivalent of 3 years of urban expansion (550 ha).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, ASCE
Issue number2
Early online date14 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • public-private partership
  • conflict of interest
  • utilization density
  • Strength
  • Opportunities
  • Luxembourg
  • Weaknesses

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