Master: Master Thesis


WiSe 21/22: Rathaus Quartier Eschweiler

Due to the location and importance of the planning area, the project Rathaus-Quartier in the heart of Eschweiler is highly explosive both regionally and nationally. Various aspects and tasks result from the external factors, the urban structure and the natural environment of the River Inde. The following task has to be answered: Vacancies in large shopping complexes in the city center as an opportunity - In the course of globalization and the advance of internet trade through digitization, many small and medium-sized cities are experiencing large vacancies and unused areas in the city center. These grievances must be seen as a great opportunity for the whole city, but also as challenges. What action strategies can help cities to master these tasks? Which usage structures and tasks will the city centers in the city of tomorrow fulfill? Opportunities and potential of the town hall district in Eschweiler - the special situation in Eschweiler allows a rethinking of precisely these named shopping complexes. The currently fallow land needs to be reconsidered and the relationship and classification in Eschweiler defined. What role will the town hall quarter play for the city? Which spatial and usage structures will be necessary for the city of tomorrow? What connections are there to the direct surroundings and to the infrastructure of Eschweiler?

work by: Niclas Lersch


WiSe 21/22: The Beirut Port

On August 4, 2020, Beirut suffered a major explosions in the completely destroying it's Port as well as a large part of it’s surroundings, leaving the city with a dead port. The project deals with redeveloping the port area sensitive to it's surroundings, demographics, and socio economic needs and address the issues of the city. The project tries to identify some of the biggest challenges of the people through in depth analysis, in which Economic fallout, Segregated Social fabric and Lack of Placemaking and green space turned out to be the biggest issue. The city has less than 2% of green cover instead of required 21%. Therefore, it has been tried to create a major green line concept for the residents of the city, with built up areas around to generate economic growth at the same time. Various city functions have been brought within the site in order to create a new urban core of the district. Redistributing Economic Development, Weaving Social Fabric and Creating better Transport model has been some of the main goals of the project besides other things.

work by: Mohammad Nabeel Jamal


WiSe 20/21: Flingern Aufgemischt (M3 Mixed use in the block)

The Düsseldorf district of Flingern is characterized by an interface of heterogeneous urban structures in which the individual atmospheres get lost in chaotic spatial structure. The current situation calls for a structuring of the quarter as well as new impulses for a sustainable and resilient urban development. Under the main idea of a mixed-use city, flexible use- and buildingtypologies are developed that carefully deal with existing structures and complement them with new offerings. Clearly defined open space along the existing railroad tracks connects individual subareas and lends the neighborhood an identity-giving element. Publicly effective ground-floor layouts allow for their uses to move fluidly into the public space and strengthen the importance of this axis.

Work by: Isabel Behne, Alena Cohrs, Linda Neumeier


WiSe 20/21: Johannes Göderitz Prize "The new city"

With the lignite phase-out, the Rhenish mining area is facing extensive change. In the course of this, a new city foundation is proposed at the Garzweiler open pit lake that counters the settlement pressure of the surrounding metropolitan regions while pursuing sustainable land management. The village of the 2032 Olympic Games in the Rhine-Ruhr region serves as the nucleus for the new city at the Garzweiler open pit lake. From this, a lively, resilient and flexible city can develop in the following years and decades, offering a high quality of life for a colorful, grassroots and networked society. The central design themes here were dealing with the former villages and structures that were lost due to open-cast mining, the formation of a polycentric system for a "city of short distances" as well as the location on the shore of the open-cast mining lake and the linking of water and land through the new city of Püttweiler.

Work by: Paula Erckmann and Eva Krings


WiSe 20/21: RE LAB - Urban Resources in the Climate Quarter

The former site of the Lützow barracks is the focus of a sustainable, cycle-oriented neighborhood development. As a central contact point for the handling of secondary materials, the Re-Lab is developing into a pioneering project. The ensemble consisting of a multifunctional Re-use hall, the material department store and an innovation center with start-up incubator demonstrates how sustainable concepts can be implemented in everyday life. The square around which the buildings are grouped plays a key role in the urban structure as a space for action, a place to stay and a connection to the green.

Work by: Katharina Heinze and Sara Wendler