After a long first day of travelling, we started off the project with a tour of Leipzig. We were introduced to several buildings that were regenerated in the past fifteen years. This indicate to us how Leipzig rebuilt its damaged image after a severe period of urban decline and deindustrialisation.
After this, we had a talk from an urban redevelopment specialist in Leipzig town centre where he explained the evolution in his city. The main aim of the redevelopment in Leipzig was to be sustainable and preserve green and blue areas. He helped us to prepare for our project that we would present to Prince Charles the next day.
On Wednesday 8th May, our UK-German connection group met Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in Leipzig town hall after hours of preparation. He discussed our projects and how important it is to preserve the history of the buildings and towns. He also emphasised the importance of the sustainability of green and blue spaces and how we can plan for a better, cleaner future.
Later that night, we said farewell to our Leipzig participants during a well-deserved meal at a traditional restaurant in the heart of Leipzig. Here we tried traditional German food and drink in order to expand our knowledge of the German culture and traditions.