How cultural Third Places affect urban development in the European Capital of Culture region of Esch2022.

Christian Lamour, Niklas Schulz

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The European Capital of Culture Esch2022 will take place in the cross-border area that includes the southern region of Luxembourg as well as some French municipalities of Lorraine located on the border with the Grand Duchy. One of the key projects of this ECoC is to define a series of “cultural third places” whose main objective is to favour urban regeneration policies through cultural development. The goal of this research is to approach the role of third places as a tool to deepen the ties between communities and spaces located in European borderlands. Based on the analysis of strategic cultural planning policies across the border followed by interviews with key stakeholders from the area, we come to the conclusion that the building-up of third places to connect people and space across the border can have different meanings depending on authorities and strategic planning scales.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Capitals of Culture: The Art of Reimagining
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2021
EventThe Art of Reimagining: Culture, Universities, Cities [Online webinar] - University Network of European Capitals of Culture Spring 2021 and Moore Institute, Galway, Ireland
Duration: 15 Mar 202115 Mar 2021

Bibliographical note

The webinar also serves as a launch for the University Network of European Capitals of Culture Spring online edition “European Capitals of Culture: The Art of Reimagining” edited by Patrick Lonergan and Catherine Morris. This online journal takes the place of the conference that would have happened in Galway in 2020.


  • European Capital of Culture
  • Esch 2022
  • Luxembourg
  • European borderlands
  • Grand Duchy

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