*** Hinweis ***

Dear friends, colleagues, partners and students, 

städtebau is also reacting to the Covid-19 circumstances and is starting digitally in the summer semester 2020.

Please refrain from appearing at the chair in person. Our staff will of course continue to be available to you by e-mail and, if necessary, by telephone. 

Information on coronavirus can be found on the central website of the university. (see below)

In addition, our faculty provides information about the most important aspects of studying. (see below)

Nevertheless, we are looking forward to an interesting semester with you!

As soon as the situation changes, you will be informed. 

Stay healthy! 

Your städtebau team 


REAL CORP 2020: On the way to sustainable energy systems in the neighbourhood

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The NRW Research College "Sustainable Energy Systems in the Neighbourhood" (NEQ) aims to develop technical, economic and social control models for increasing energy efficiency in the neighbourhood. With its broad interdisciplinary composition and embedding in practice (transdisciplinary), the Research College thus makes an important contribution to developing integrated concepts and promoting the necessary understanding between the disciplines and between future scientists and practitioners from different disciplines. Concrete possibilities for action and options should support the parties involved, above all municipal utilities, local authorities, politicians and citizens, in driving forward the energy turnaround in the neighbourhood. With a view to the people and their motivations, actor-related and technical models as well as business and management models will be developed to implement the energy system transformation in the neighbourhood.

To the partial event


Call for abstracts | Special issue | Spatial Justice in Urban Studies and Planning Education | Planning Practice and Research (Routledge)

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Deadline: May 4, 2020 | Editors: Deniz Ay (VUB) and Ceren Sezer (RWTH Aachen University)

This special issue aims to bring together an interdisciplinary and international group of contributors to discuss and explore the state-of-the-art approaches and strategies to advance the comprehension of spatial justice in academic, policy, and practical realms. Some of the questions the contributions may address include, but are not limited to:

1. What is the place of spatial justice in education for urban studies? Do we need ‘spatial justice pedagogy’?
2. How, or to what extent, are urban designers and planners prepared through their formal education to stand on the side of spatial justice in their practice?
3. What are the opportunities beyond the conventional forms of teaching (i.e., digital humanities, digital ethnographies, multimedia) to promote spatial justice-oriented education in the context of the complex roles and futures of cities and regions?
4. What are the pedagogical pitfalls in planning curriculums, teaching methods, and materials used for advancing students’ understanding of spatial justice?
5. What are the alternative educational platforms beyond the academia for advancing the collective knowledge on spatial justice to connect directly with communities and grassroots?



Poster Award SSPCR - Special Blog Article NEQ

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On 10.12.2020 Antonia Stratmann, PhD student at the Institute of Urban Planning and colleague of the Research College "Sustainable Energy Systems in Neighbourhoods (NEQ)", presented her poster at the international conference in Bolzano "Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions" (SSPCR). Under the title "How can Flexible Public Spaces Contribute to the Creation of Resource-Friendly Cities", it was awarded one of the two best posters of the conference.


*** Kooperationsvertrag mit dem Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung (BBSR) in Bonn unterzeichnet. ***

Participants (from left)  Dr. Elke Müller, Prof. Sabine Brück, Dr. Markus Eltges, Prof. Christa Reicher, Dr. Marion Klemme, Stefan Krapp Copyright: Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung Participants (from left): Dr. Elke Müller, Prof. Sabine Brück, Dr. Markus Eltges, Prof. Christa Reicher, Dr. Marion Klemme, Stefan Krapp

The cooperation agreement with the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) in Bonn was signed on 29.11.2019. With the signed contract between the Institute for Urban Development and European Urban Studies and the BBSR, the long-standing cooperation is transformed into a formal agreement with the aim of expanding cooperation in the fields of urban development, current and future issues of urban and regional development, architecture and cultural heritage.

In addition to participating in the European Master's programme "Transforming City Region" (TCR), the cooperation between the Institute, the Faculty and the BBSR in teaching and research will be intensified and further developed over the next few years. Both institutions see this as a great added value. Christa Reicher was Chairwoman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the BBSR from 2010 to 2016 and has already advocated a more intensive exchange between the BBSR and the universities and other scientific institutions during this phase.


Prospective Urban Developers think City with NRW Construction Minister Ina Scharrenbach

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On December 9, 2019 Master's students from the Departments of Architecture and Urban Planning at RWTH Aachen University, together with Prof. Christa Reicher and NRW Minister of Construction, Ina Scharrenbach, will think and develop new urban concepts, visions and ideas for our cities of tomorrow.


"Aktionstag: Bushof"

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Often used but also despised, the Aachen bus station "Bushof" - how do you deal with this problematic place in the city centre of Aachen? Together with Prof. Christa Reicher, Master Students from the Faculties of Architecture and Urban Planning will develop concepts and visions for the future and present them at the "Aktionstag: Bushof" on November 23, 2019.

Aachen "Aktionstag: Bushof"
Traumhafte Ideen für eine Oase in der Innenstadt


Teaching Award Summer Term 2019

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Award "Wissen schafft Stadt - IBA Heidelberg": on November 5, 2019, the Chair of Urban Planning was awarded 3rd place for its "Wissen schafft Stadt - IBA Heidelberg" module under the direction of Dr.-Ing. Claudia Kruschwitz as part of the "Teaching Award for Excellent Teaching" of the Architecture Student Council of RWTH Aachen.


"Innovation Award Heads of the Real Estate Industry Ruhr"

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Award Prof. Christa Reicher: on 12.09.2019 Prof. Christa Reicher was awarded the Innovation Prize of the Real Estate Industry Ruhr 2019 at the Real Estate Conference Ruhr in Herne.


50 ProfessorInnen widersprechen der Düsseldorfer Erklärung

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50 Professorinnen und Professoren der Architektur, der Stadt- und Regionalplanung, der Stadt- und Architekturtheorie, der Freiraumplanung, der Architektursoziologie, des Planungsrechts und des Städtebaus widersprechen und appellieren an die Entscheidungsträger von Bund, Ländern und Kommunen, die Düsseldorfer Erklärung kritisch zu hinterfragen.



"Städtebau muss räumliche und strategische Konzepte und Bausteine anbieten"

Prof. Reicher in front of an urban model Copyright: springer professional

*** Diskussion über Stadtquartiere der Zukunft im Rahmen des Evangelischen Kirchentages in Dortmund ***

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Fachmagazin Transforming Cities „Städte im Krisenmodus?“

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In der Ausgabe 2|2019 des Fachmagazins Transforming Cities „Städte im Krisenmodus?“ stellt Frau Prof. Christa Reicher vom Lehrstuhl für Städtebau und Entwerfen der RWTH Aachen den zum Wintersemester 2019/20 startenden, englischsprachigen Masterstudiengang „Transforming City Regions“ vor. Dieses viersemestrige Masterprogramm mit dem Fokus auf internationale Transformationsprozesse richtet sich an Studierende aller Welt aus den Disziplinen Architektur, Stadtplanung, Landschaftsplanung, Bauingenieurwesen, Geografie, u.a., die sich mit weiterführenden Konzepten und Strategien im Städtebau und in der Quartiers-, Stadt- und Regionalentwicklung befassen wollen.

Hier geht es zum Artikel.


Teaching the City – ist die Lehre der Stadt an den Hochschulen noch zeitgemäß?

Photography with german text: "Teaching the City – ist die Lehre der Stadt an den Hochschulen noch zeitgemäß?" Copyright: StadtBauwelt

*** Forschungsprojekt „RessourcenPlan im Quartier“ ***

Copyright: Thomas Schmidt, Stadt Herne