Integrated Project I - Adaption and Innovation in Stolberg post 2021 floods

  Stolberg nach der Flut 2021 © städtebau  

Course Content

Changing climatic conditions and increasing exposure to natural hazards are challenging developments worldwide. In particular, climate change, variegated migration patterns, and energy shortages are overwhelming small- and medium-sized cities with tight budget. As a result, cities need to be creative and adapt to changing social and environmental conditions, on the one hand, but they also need to innovate to foster new economic opportunities. Against this background, the main task of Integrated Project I is to develop a spatial and programmatic vision for the redevelopment of the historic core of the city of Stolberg, which was severely affected by the floods of 2021 and is now facing economic decline due to the dramatic loss of commercial activities in the centre. Stolberg is located approximately 5 kilometres east of Aachen, nestled in a picturesque valley on the edge of the Eifel region. The town has a rich historical heritage as an industrial town and falls under the jurisdiction of the lower district court of Eschweiler within the city region of Aachen. Urban design proposals should address the changing social, economic, and environmental conditions and consider flood risk mitigation strategies as well as strategies for reactivation of the inner-city trade. They should also develop strategies for a resilient urban fabric, taking into account the need for densification and a mix of uses, as well as well-distributed and accessible open spaces with sufficient greenery and water.

Learning Objectives

The main objective of the project is to equip students with the design and solution-oriented skills that can assist in the transformation of urban structure at the neighbourhood/district scale, which is the most spatially identifiable and therefore helps them to perceive the nature of urban dynamics. Students are expected to demonstrate their ability to conceptualise the problem, analyse a real case study, apply appropriate methodologies, and design techniques, develop scenarios for future transformation and prepare a design that can assist in the implementation of this scenario. The additional aim is to prepare students to work in a team while taking individual responsibility for the specific task. Finally, as a result of the module, students should be able to give a convincing public presentation of their project and discuss their solution with the audience.


Module Responsible

Prof. Christa Reicher, Chair of Urban Design and Institute for Urban Design and European Urbanism

Teaching Staff

Fabio Bayro Kaiser, Canan Çelik


  • Kick-Off: 16.10.2023, 08:00-11:00, SG309
  • Mondays, 08:00-11:00, SG309

Examination date

05.022024, 8:00-11:00, SG309

Examination format

oral poster presentation