Linking past and future

The iconic Old Slaughterhouse in Hollerich – which first opened in 1902 and is known by locals as the Schluechthaus – will be trans-formed into a new meeting space and cultural hub connecting its nearby neighbourhoods. To this end, the City of Luxembourg has launched an architecture competition with the aim of creating an ideal place to host both cultural and sporting activities, one that preserves the stunning industrial, street and cultural heritage of the site and takes into account the urban fabric of its environs. In this edition of City, we look back on the history of this site and take a peek at the three projects that have made it to the final round.
We also venture back in time a little further: did you know that this year marks the 175th anniversary of Luxembourg’s Constitution? Terrible living conditions and rising tensions between the State and the Catholic Church led to the famous revolution of 1848, which resulted in the adoption of a liberal Constitution. This pivotal moment in history is captured in the exhibit 1848 – Revolutioun zu Lëtzebuerg, created by the Chamber of Deputies and the Luxembourg National Archives. Read on to learn all about our country’s complex history and the highlights of this exhibition.
After delving into the past, we move on to the future with two other interesting topics. As everyone knows, young people are our future. With its Lëtz’ Discuss forums, the City gives young people a platform to express their thoughts and needs for their city. In the autumn of 2023, the City will be presenting the results of these exchanges to the youth commission. On the following pages, you can read all about the experiences and ideas of three individual participants. The future is also all about innovation. This includes partic-ipatory housing, which centres on the associa-tion and cooperation of future neighbours.
With these topics shining a light on both the past and future of Luxembourg City, we are sure there will be something of interest for everyone.
Happy reading!

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PHOTO: Caroline Martin