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D Kollektiv

Initiative phase: Well established and running

The collective is active on the industrial wastelands of Dudelangeand is currently creating a new space of encounter.

D Kollektiv

The D Collective has set itself the task of making the site of the former steelworks in Dudelange a place of life again.

The members of the collective and anyone else who wants to get involved will individually design the reconstruction. Depending on how you feel, you can take on small renovation jobs, repair salvaged materials, participate in the ecological construction of a greenhouse or take part in cooking together with vegetables from the garden.

The focus of the reconstruction is the former changing room and wagon construction building (VEWA) of the former industrial plant. The building, which was once called the "cloakroom wagon" in the days of the steel industry, has become a place where artists, craftsmen and citizens come together for artistic and creative projects to fill this place, which will be part of the new NéiSchmelz district, with life.

In addition to the redevelopment of the former industrial site, the collective is also in charge of the Atelier D.
The hall in which the studio is located contains a permanent workshop on the one hand and offers a space for all kinds of workshops and events on the other.
For example, regular discussions, jam sessions, concerts and readings take place here.

Institution type/carrier



D Kollektiv

How is your initiative financed?

The project was initiated in 2016 as part of the Fondation Bassin Minier's Festival of Industrial Culture and Innovation. The original project was carried out in cooperation with the city of Dudelange and has partners CNA, CDMH, opderschmelz, the Lycée Nic Biever, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Architecture Paris Val de Seine and Openscreen. Since 2017, the DKollektiv has been supported by its partners, the city of Dudelange and the Fonds de Logement, which now own the site and buildings of the Laminoir and are the developers of the Quartier Neischmelz. It maintains and expands these partnerships and builds new ones in various projects, including with the CNA, the CDMH, the Institut Emile Metz, the Fonds Belval, the Fonderie Massard, Park&Ride, the Projet Ensemble Quartiers Dudelange, CELL/Transition Minett, Transition Diddeleng, FerroForum, Industriekultur-CNCI, AHI Hussigny-Godbrange, MUDAM, SNJ, Parc U4 Uckange,

Participation opportunities

It is an open initiative: anyone can come up with projects and contribute new ideas for the design of the site.

Participatory Saturdays take place once a month. On these days, from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., anyone interested can help to finish the former changing room and wagon building and adapt it to the ideas of the collective. However, you have to register in advance.

What’s needed

Engaged citizen Part time volunteers Strong arms Expertise/knowledge


The members of the collective want to bring together residents of Dudelange to shape the future of the former changing room building and the Waggonhalle (VEWA). Experimentation, the exchange of know-how and conviviality are at the heart of the initiative

Target audience

The project is open to all interested people from the region. Everyone is welcome !

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Sustainable Cities and Communities Life on Land

Sustainability Targets

  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Life on Land

Name of Organization

Address & geo, Contact person

  • Place Thierry Van Werveke 4
  • Route de Thionville
  • 3475 Dudelange
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