The Blue Spaces of the Eurométropolis
Lille Kortrijk Tournai
|client:||Groupement Européen de Coopération Territoriale Eurométropole|
|date:||2016 - in progress|
|website:||EUROMETROPOLIS - Espace Bleu|
Sebastien Declerq, Etienne Schillers, Michaël Stas
Established in 2008, the Eurométropole Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai is the first European Group of Territorial Cooperation (GECT) and comprises 147 municipalities, covers 3550 km2 and counts 2,1 million of inhabitants.
The water in all its forms is a unifying element that offers continuity throughout the territory for the Eurometropole (Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai). The process of the Eurometropole has led in recent years through various studies: the visualization of the Eurometropolis, various international workshops, the Park of the Eurometropolis, ...
The vision that arises starts from the water as a vital and transboundary source for life or a source of danger: exploitation of transboundary groundwater, pollution of watercourses, flood risks increased by urbanization, ... A new story is then written from the perspective of the ‘Blue space’: water as a "common characteristic" (referring to the geographer Paul Vidal de la Blache). Water is important for agriculture, recreation, economic relations, landscapes..
The theme of the water is considered in all its forms: "corridors" formed by the large rivers and canals with fine network of "capillaries" (streams, canals, etc.), without forgetting the groundwater systems that are invisible but play an important role in the water cycle.
In order to go from vision to concrete translations, the instrument foreseen is a participatory atlas, which can generate projects on every scale. The first translation of the vision comes in the form of a series of 147 measures (one for each municipality) for 2018. They seek citizen's awareness, as well as form a basis for the strategic actions of the next step: the regional project of the Eurometropolis 2030.