Research Projects

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Territory Node Space: Economic and Structural Programme for the Rhineland Future Region

Elaboration of an integrative spatial development strategy for the Rhenish mining area until 2038 and beyond.

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Responsible Research and Innovation Hub

The aim of the RRI Hub is to become a nucleus for a sustainable and socially responsible orientation of teaching and research. The hub provides a platform and creates momentum for existing and future initiatives and projects while also enhancing the involvement of civil society and politics.

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International Transformation of City and Region

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DAZWISCHEN: Future-oriented structural change in the ‘Rhineland District‘

The project sees itself as a laboratory for adapting to the structural changes that will come to the mining area when the open-cast mines reach the end of their decarburization.

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Spacial relevance of technical innovations

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5G Infrastructures for cellular energy systems enhanced through artificial intelligence.

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Flexible electrical grids II: DC Socio-Economics

Direct current (DC) technologies have a high potential for energy system transformation. There are historical and technological reasons why it has not been used sufficiently so far. The Institute of Urban Design investigates the spatial planning aspects of the use of DC technologies.

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Mobility Experience Aachen

Since June 2020 the chair and the Institute of Urban Design are associated partners in the network Erlebniswelt Mobilität Aachen (EMA). The network exists since 2018 and develops with partners from economy, research and municipalities ideas and funding applications in the field of mobility of the future.

Further information can be found here.


Resource Efficiency and Resilience

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R2Q - Resource plan in the neightborhood

The R2Q research project aims to develop a methodology for assessing and improving resource efficiency in urban districts. The output of the project will be a new planning instrument, the ResourcePlan, which will enable a systematic, efficient and method-oriented management of resources in the neighbourhood.

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Urban Heritage Management and Cultural Heritage

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Specialist Group Urban Conservation

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UNESCO Chair Projects

The activities of the UNESCO Chair include research and teaching as well as advisory services for the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The UNESCO Chair collaborates with several RWTH Aachen institutes in order to optimally fulfill its responsibilities.



Socio-economic urban Development

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Communities Innovative - DeWaK

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