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Patient Inner City - Therapy Monument Perservation

Contributions to the annual conference of the specialist group for urban monument preservation 2021



The downtown areas have been built - but more and more houses in them are standing empty. Many of them shape the familiar face or are even listed buildings. Demolition and new construction cannot be the solution to accommodate new functions beyond retail. Often, old buildings provide the atmosphere in which new things can take hold.

For years, stores in city centers have been fighting for their existence. This trend has been accelerated by the periods of closure during the pandemic. The consequences were and are closures of everything from large department stores to small privately run specialty retailers. Vacancies are spreading to ground-floor areas, and eventually entire streets are threatened with neglect regardless of the character or even the heritage value of the buildings.

For too long, the downtown equals brick-and-mortar retail equation has worked out, and B-plans with use restrictions have aligned with it. Now there is a growing realization that the 

monotony of ever-same retail zones is proving to be less resistant in times of crisis. New ideas and new concepts for mixed uses and more quality of stay in the city centers are being discussed. What role can the architectural heritage play in this context as a carrier of identification, so that inner cities once again become a meeting place for people? If the inner cities are to retain their face, the existing must be used in a new way.

Hrsg.: Marie Enders, Marcus Lumma, Walter Ollenik, Christa Reicher
Published by Kettler Verlag, Dortmund, 2023 
ISBN: 9783987410727

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Breathing cities

Future opportunities for towns and country with and after Corona


The dramatic Sars-CoV-2 pandemic is acting like a fire accelerant in many areas of life worldwide. Architecture and urban planning are also affected by this. Retail in the inner cities has collapsed, and the importance of offices is declining. In its place, more green spaces are needed for recreation and modified apartment floor plans to accommodate the home office. This book identifies the key architectural and urban design changes associated with Corona in the city and countryside, places them in the context of urban transformation due to climate change, situates them historically, and derives concrete strategies and opportunities to address the key future challenges posed by the pandemic for the city and countryside.

Hrsg.: Christa Reicher, Jürgen Tietz.                                                                                                                                                                                      Illustration: Marie Enders, Laura Vonhoegen 
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City building block living

Good residential construction is more than just the individual house: urban development, transport links, accessibility of infrastructural facilities, development situation and the formulation and design of intermediate areas have a decisive influence on the quality of living and the social interaction of the residents. It is necessary to focus on different demands and groups of residents. In addition to traditional and standardized floor plans, the individualization of society demands more flexibility, both with regard to changeability and with regard to mixed uses. Due to the differentiation of household and family constellations and the resulting demands on living, proven floor plans must be put to the test and new floor plans developed. The publication “Stadtbaustein Wohnen” lives up to this complex requirement because it spans the spectrum - from historical and proven forms of living to experimental living models and types. Concepts and projects are presented in a clear form and placed in an expanded spatial context of the immediate residential area or the quarter.

Hrsg.: Christa Reicher, Anne Söfker-Rieniets 
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ISBN 978-3-658-34070-4

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Transformation and Mixing

Urban planning in transition

Cities and regions around the world are facing extensive transformation processes: social and demographic change, climate change, digitization and new technologies are major challenges. How transformation processes can succeed can already be observed in many cities and regions. This book presents the diverse concepts and strategies of RHA REICHER HAASE associates for the design of structural change on all levels, from the building to the regional context. Good urban planning is above all a question of typology, the right mix of uses and clear process design.

Hrsg.: Christa Reicher, Holger Hoffschröer 
Erschienen im Jovis Verlag, Berlin, 12.2021
ISBN: 3868595651

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Urban Design 

In this basic textbook, prospective architects, urban and landscape planners receive assistance in working on urban development projects and designs. This edition has been expanded by two chapters on informal urban planning and regional urban development. The contents presented and their preparation are based on the design process in practice and embed it in a theoretical framework of necessary background knowledge. As an introduction, an overview of the understanding of the city, of urban structures and the laws governing them is given. In order to make the multi-layered structure of the city more comprehensible, it is broken down into different layers and building blocks. The approach to urban design is described using the "layer method" in the form of successive phases. Examples of urban development projects and competitions illustrate the individual design steps.

Hrsg.: Christa Reicher 
ISBN: 3658343699 
EAN: 9783658343699 

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Handbook of energy efficiency in the neighborhood
Supply, convert, activate in a clever way


The handbook “Energy Efficiency in the Neighborhood” summarizes the results of a research college that has dealt over a period of four years with the question of how more resource efficiency can be achieved at the neighborhood level. A total of 11 doctoral students at 10 chairs or research institutions investigated this question in a transdisciplinary research college. The spatial focus of the investigations is on selected quarters in the Ruhr area, since the Ruhr area has a special relevance for energy policy: In North Rhine-Westphalia, most of the energy is converted and used throughout Germany.

Hrsg.: Christa Reicher, Anke Schmidt 
ISBN: 978-3-658-21872-0

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Climate change and cultural heritage
Contributions to the preservation of urban monuments, Volume 10


Climate protection is one of the central challenges for our cities, especially for the historic city quarters. With the growing demand for densification and intensive use of space, cities are coming under increasing pressure: socially, politically, ecologically and, last but not least, in terms of building culture. The declared goal of the federal government is to have an almost climate-neutral building stock by 2050. But what does this mean for dealing with historical city quarters? How can contradictions between the preservation of familiar and existing structures that are worth preserving and the ecological requirements be resolved? Can the energy transition and monument protection be reconciled? And what role do the decision-makers - especially the municipalities - play in implementing the targets? The publication gathers contributions from actors from science and practice and uses specific case studies to try to provide answers from a wide variety of perspectives and to point out instructions for action.

Hrsg.: Magdalena Leyser-Droste, Carola Neugebauer, Walter Ollenik, Christa Reicher
Erschienen im Verlag Kettler, Dortmund, 2020
ISBN: 978-3-86206-888-3
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Urban Integration 

From Walled City to Integrated City 

Urban Integration. In the context of Transforming City Regions, phenomena such as globalization and digitalization accelerate change and bring several aspects of life into motion. If used in a smart way, such developments might trigger a promising dynamic for local people, their living environment, and regional economy. Urban Integration: From Walled City to Integrated City reflects on the challenges such dynamics encompass and also on the significance of social integration in urban contexts. The book compiles contributions from researchers, practitioners, and students to an international symposium held at Essen Zollverein in May 2018. 

Hrsg.: Christa Reicher, Fabio Bayro-Kaiser, Päivi Kataikko-Grigoleit, Sarah Müller, Jan Polivka
Erschienen im LIT Verlag 07/2020
ISBN:  9783643911797
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Reclaiming Public Space 

through Intercultural Dialogue 

The challenges rapid urbanisation encompasses are manifold, so are the efforts addressing sustainable and inclusive development frameworks. 'Reclaiming Public Space through Intercultural Dialogue' is an intercultural and interdisciplinary initiative, which focuses on how social and spatial segregation can be overcome in metropolitan areas. Through joint research and teaching activities in the cities of Dortmund and Amman, three comprehensive topics emerged: urban transformation and the role of public space social and cultural dimensions of cities and nature-based planning approaches. The book compiles contributions to these topics from researchers, practitioners, and students, which were presented in an international conference held at the German Jordanian University in Madaba, Jordan, in November 2017.

Hrsg.: Christa Reicher, Fabio Bayro-Kaiser, Maram Tawil, Janset Shawash, Jan Polivka
Erschienen im LIT Verlag 05/2020
EAN: 9783643910202
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Polycentric City Regions in Transformation 

The Ruhr Agglomeration in International Perspective 

Worldwide, cities and regions are affected by structural change and face comprehensive transformation processes, many of which are yet to reveal themselves. In this context, polycentric models for development have been internationally voiced. Polycentric City Regions in Transformation: The Ruhr Agglomeration in International Perspective discusses such models in a comparative manner and, in particular, focuses on the dynamics that shape and challenge cities and regions nowadays. The book compiles contributions from Germany, China, Canada, Portugal, Colombia, USA, Scotland, among others, which were presented in an international conference held at Essen Zollverein in June 2015.

Hrsg.: Christa Reicher, Fabio Bayro-Kaiser, Hendrik Jansen, Jan Polivka
Erschienen im LIT Verlag 06/2020
ISBN: 13: 9783643911803
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Big Beautiful Buildings - When the Future Was Built

Post-war modernity in the European year of cultural heritage 2018 - illustrated book

Leaving the past behind and building a better future - that was the spirit that shaped the post-war era. In many European countries things were not only improving economically, the 1950s to 1970s were also incomparably innovative in science, culture and society. Today that time is long history, but its architecture has remained: modern schools, universities and town halls, churches, department stores and housing developments. They were buildings for a better future, now they are the legacy of the past.
The Ruhr area is shaped like hardly any other region by buildings and settlement structures from the post-war period. Reconstruction, economic growth and technical progress made the Ruhr area a laboratory for architectural and urban development innovations after the Second World War.
This illustrated book documents the “Big Beautiful Buildings. When the future was built ”, which was carried out in the Ruhr area as part of the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018. For a year the Big Beautiful Buildings were in the limelight. Large and small, known and unknown, conspicuous and inconspicuous buildings could be rediscovered in the Ruhr Metropolis, accompanied by extensive information and a program of art, culture and entertainment.

StadtBauKultur NRW
Kettler-Verlag, November 2019
Languages: german, english
ISBN: 978-3-86206-756-5

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Big Beautiful Buildings - Postwar Modernism in the European Discourse 

Leaving the past behind to build a better future - this spirit shaped the post-war period in many European countries. The economic rise of the 1950s to 1970s was accompanied by rapid innovations in science, culture and society. Today, this period is long gone. What has remained is its architecture: schools, universities and town halls as well as impressive churches, department stores and housing estates. Built for the future, they form an important and formative time layer in European cities.

Hrsg. Christa Reicher, Yasemin Utku, Jürgen Tietz 
ISBN 978-3-86206-757-2
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Essentials - Grundlagen, Bausteine und Aufgaben des Städtebaus 

Christa Reicher gibt einen Überblick über die Grundbegriffe und die historischen Phasen des Städtebaus sowie unterschiedliche Theorien. Das städtische Gefüge setzt sich aus verschiedenen Bausteinen und Nutzungen zusammen, die erläutert und in ihrer Bedeutung für qualitätsvollen Städtebau eingeschätzt werden. Die verschiedenen Philosophien beim städtebaulichen Entwerfen als produkt- und prozessorientierte Herangehensweisen werden dargestellt. Eine Aufbereitung der aktuellen Aufgabenfelder illustriert die Relevanz von Städtebau in der Planungspraxis, der Lehre und der Forschung. 

Hrsg. Christa Reicher 
ISBN 978-3-658-25658-6 
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Planning Spaces through intercultural dialogue

Sustainable Planning needs dialogue – not only between sectoral departments and among stakeholders, but between spaces, between citizans and politicans, between different needs and development goals. In today’s blobalised world dialogue becomes more important.
The publication on hand results from a cooperation project between planners from Germany and the Middle East. It emphasizes the role and significance of historic city centers in both cultural contexts. The comparison between European and Arabic experiences means active dialogue between both planning cultures.

C. Reicher, K. Bäumler, M. Tawil, D. Jacob, L. Shaheen
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Essen, Klartext-Verlag, 2010, 140-145 S.
ISBN: 978-3-8375-0469-9

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