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Welcome to the Research Group

Urban development, land use planning and design processes

The Research Group of Urban Development, Land Use Planning and Design Processes deals with current issues of urban development, the transformation of city and landscape and the restructuring processes of entire urban quarters and individual locations in teaching and research. At the chair urban planning, land use planning and design processes are integratively linked with each other. Research and teaching focus on the development and communication of spatial and, above all, urban design qualities and their implementation.
For the transformation and intergenerational justice of urban and rural living environments, urban planning and land use planning are essential components for the spatial shaping and design of spatial planning and urban development. As two sides of the same coin, urban planning and land use planning form the basis of the built environment we experience every day: the physical and social quality expressed in space and the normative determination that conditions it. Spatial planning operates at the intersection between engineering and social sciences. Urban design, in turn, constitutes the interface with artistic and creative disciplines. For us, it is crucial to educate on these interfaces and to advance the integration of interdisciplinary perspectives in research but also in teaching.
  • Inter- and transdisciplinarity: Urban design is already an interdisciplinary field in which spatial and urban planners have a cross-sectional function. In order to accomplish the ongoing task of transformation, cities and regions must be understood as a common intersection of the many disciplines involved. In view of the differentiating landscapes of actors and specifications, this function must be further developed on the basis of a multi-layered disciplinary understanding. Thus, we at the research group Urban Design Unit (SBP), rely on inter- and transdisciplinary teaching and research constellations.
  • Process design: Equally important is the ability to communicate purposefully in this intersection. A processual understanding of urban design and land use planning will increasingly be an essential qualification of people working with cities, space and planning. In dealing with future challenges such as climate adaptation, demographic change, digitization, sustainability, environmental and equal opportunity, knowledge of process design is essential, especially with regard to transversal, i.e. broadly accessible and participatory planning procedures and the associated actors and forms of cooperation. It is important to understand these complex interrelationships in order to be able to intervene them in an innovative and future-oriented way.

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The campus of the Technical University of Dortmund is located near the freeway junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerland line A45 crosses the Ruhr expressway B1/A40. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. The university is signposted at both exits.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 15 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. In addition, the university can be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr Transport Association, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.

One of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund is the H-Bahn. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.

From Dortmund Airport, the AirportExpress takes just over 20 minutes to Dortmund's main train station, and from there, the S-Bahn takes you to the university. A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university's train station.

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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