Sommersemester 2021

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Innovation & Space

Innovations are the basis of our coexistence today and will also significantly influence our future reality of life. As an excellent university location, Aachen has the potential and the resources to position itself as a "model city and incubator for innovations" and thus actively help shape our future. The Rhenish mining region with its challenging transformation process wants to become "Innovation Valley" and a European model region. Against this background, the question of the emergence of innovation is of great importance for the future of the neighborhood, the city and the region.

Urban space plays a special role in the process of innovation creation, maturation and transfer. It is directly or indirectly exposed to transformation pressures through technical, social or business innovations. At the same time, it functions as a tangible illustration of historical innovation cycles. Space is not only shaped by innovations, but also holds a central position in their emergence and diffusion.

In many respects, the Corona pandemic has reinforced the need for new constellations of uses and the call for innovative and more radical concepts. The vacancy of retail and service spaces in the city centers and town centers demands a real "reinvention".

In the summer of 2021, the event series "Städtebauliches Kolloquium" at the Faculty of Architecture at RWTH Aachen University aims to stimulate discourse on the role of innovation and its spatial impact and interaction with urban space. The colloquium will discuss the following questions: How does innovation emerge? To what extent can innovation contribute to the reinvention of inner cities and town centers? What are the interrelations between technical and social innovations? How can innovations promote participation processes with the citizenry? Can innovations promote a qualitative leap in urban development and design?

Zoom Link

Topic: Urban Planning Colloquium - Innovation and Space
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Meeting ID: 919 9904 3996
Identification code: 113923


  • RWTH Aachen, Fakultät Architektur, Lehrstuhl und Institut für Städtebau
  • ILS Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung gGmbH, Dortmund
  • Netzwerk Innenstadt NRW
  • Förderverein aachen_fenster – raum für bauen und kultur e.V.
  • Region Aachen – Zweckverband

with the support of

Vereinigung für Stadt-, Regional- und Landesplanung e.V.


Digital & if possible hybrid in the StadtWerkstatt in the OecherLab

Each event is recognized by the Chamber of Architects of North Rhine-Westphalia with 1 teaching hour as continuing education in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning for chamber members. Subject to change without notice.


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