There is no doubt that we are in a time of great upheaval. Global warming has become a tangible phenomenon with ever new temperature records, droughts and devastating weather phenomena - right on our doorstep. In addition, the health crisis is challenging our values and structures, and war is forcing us to rethink global resource flows.
To explore the topic of underground mining landscapes from a cross-border perspective, a Living Lab on "Underground Landscapes" was held on 13 October 2022. The event was organised in collaboration with Prof. Rita Occhiuto from the Lab. Ville Territoire Paysage at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Liège and in the framework of the European COST Action "CA18110 Underground Built Heritage as catalyser for Community Valorization" and was well received across borders.
40 participants from the 5 regions of the Euregio discussed in workshops the importance of mining in the region (limestone, zinc and coal) for the current situation and for the future. The discussions focused on the question of how far this extraordinary built heritage also represents an opportunity for cross-border sustainable spatial development.
The map "SUBTERRANEA" by Dear Hunter, commissioned by the 3LP as a follow-up project to Dear Landscape, was presented at this event. It shows from a subjective perspective the extent to which the visible and invisible legacy of mining is reflected on the surface of the earth and in the perception of the people who live there.