KCAP with Arup and Philippe Cabane enter the second stage for Luxembourg in Transition

KCAP with Arup and Philippe Cabane is one of the six multidisciplinary teams selected out of eleven to participate in the second phase of the international consultation Luxembourg in Transition to deliver ecological transition scenarios for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and its cross-border area. The team combines KCAP’s long term experience in urban and spatial planning with Arup’s specific expertise on all levels of urban engineering and resilience with the particular knowledge of cross-border developments, brought by Philippe Cabane.

Luxembourg in Transition aims to bring together a small number of multidisciplinary teams to take part in a three-stage process that offers spatial visions for the zero-carbon and resilient future of the Luxembourg functional area to be translated into concrete metrics and flagship projects. The teams are invited to develop innovative and practical tools, methods, and devices through intense interdisciplinary work with the Luxembourg functional region as a case study and primary object.

The proposal by the team KCAP, Arup, and Philippe Cabane is an adaptive spatial vision based on radical pragmatism.

The Transformation Framework envisioned by our team for Luxembourg in Transition will observe the main socio-demographic, environmental, economic, and cultural trends in the territory and beyond and identify alternative future development scenarios based on identifying opportunities for action. The proposal offers an empirical attitude defining the domains that can make a significant difference. It proceeds with incremental transformations, well aware of the complexity of territorial socio-economic systems and the reduced predictability of events. That means we define measures to achieve significant short term results and don't forget the long term measures and long term results.

The country's specific role as one leading European player inserted in a cross-border situation enables us to develop a strategy and environmental framework to be an exemplar for pushing decarbonisation at a local and territorial level and become a powerful symbol of change. The particular European urban condition underlying our proposal is explained by Kees Christiaanse, founder of KCAP, in a video interview done together with Laurens Tait, Associate Director at ARUP.

The research is built on a reliable data analysis to understand and to apply a transition metric, i.e., "specifically quantitative data and objectives, to achieve two simultaneous goals: a low-carbon and decarbonising society that is also resilient to the impacts of climate change."

In the second stage, lasting until the summer, the teams have to demonstrate how they will use their principles, methods, tools, and metric(s) for the ecological transition through the project and develop a territorial project strategy for the scope of thinking the Luxembourg cross-border region.