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Smart Urban Redesign: value for the region

The Research Center for Smart Urban Redesign aims to improve liveability, life quality and wellbeing in neighbourhoods using technical and non-technical solutions for the definition and development of the Limburg region future identity.

The economical, social and urban landscape in Limburg is strongly defined by on-going transition. At the beginning of the previous century our province was mainly an agricultural society. With the rise of the mining industry a technical and industrial society developed. In the 1970’s this industry was swiftly replaced by a large petrochemical industry together with a considerable number of other high tech industries. Nowadays the economical agenda of Limburg is set in the Brightlands initiative with focus on materials, health, food and smart services. The Brightlands agenda breathes new life in the economical development and growth of our region. At the same time Limburg is still earmarked as a shrinking region with challenges in the field of employment, demographic decline and deteriorated building stock and infrastructure.

The Research Center for Smart Urban ReDesign (SURD) is strongly connected to the Brightlands agenda in two ways. On the one hand it helps to create the necessary environment to connect people to this region by developing an attractive, liveable and healthy urban environment necessary for economic growth. On the other hand SURD connects with the focus areas. It builds on the societal challenges in health and sustainable energy with an important role for smart materials, production and services for a functional, attractive, vital and sustainable design of the built environment.


On Thursday 1 March 2018, Nurhan Abujidi will present her inaugural speech 'Places for People: Towards a new identity for Limburg'. 


Research Centre of Smart Urban Redesign
Nieuw Eyckholt 300

Lector: Nurhan Abujidi
E nurhan.abujidi@zuyd.nl
T +31 (0)6 13 70 29 06