Research Module: L'EAU (Laboratory for European Augmented Urbanism 2)

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Canan Çelik

Academic Staff, Coordination - Forschungskolleg


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Summer Semester 2020

Duration: one semester


The trinational Rhine-Ruhr-Meuse agglomeration is an unique region in many respects. Firstly, its location makes it one of the most important cross-border regions in Europe and, secondly, it is a region of knowledge, technology and services that interacts independently of administrative borders. The region’s image follows processes, strata and structures in terms of settlement geography, economy, ecology, society and (building) culture, which interrelations, however, have not yet been mapped.

As a high-performance industrial and scientific region, the Rheinisches Revier is facing major challenges against the background of climate change and energy system transformation in the context of structural change. The region is characterised by open-cast mining and power plants, but also by the state (economy). Living and working require creativity and space.

The decision to phase out coal-fired power generation now offers the opportunity to initiate forward-looking regional development processes.

An intensive analysis of the current situation is necessary in order to consider the developments in the entire region. Administrative borders that separate regions are problematic for spatial development.

For this reason, the research field concentrates on looking beyond the borders and looking at the connection of the Rheinisches Revier with the surrounding settlements.


At the end of the course, the aim is to obtain an overview of the settlement structures in the Rhenish mining district and the Rhine-Ruhr-Meuse agglomeration area. For this purpose, different steps will be worked out. First, a detailed spatial inventory analysis is carried out. Subsequently, the identified structures are summarized in typologies (new typologies can also be developed). These are recorded in a catalogue and visualised with maps.


  • Settlement catalogue with definitions and maps
  • Final oral presentation


  • CP: 3
  • Teaching language: English
  • Written Assignment: English or German
  • Number of participants: max. 20
  • Groupwork possible
  • Active participation is evaluated


Date Time Content


9 to 12 am Introduction ​
08.05.2020 9 to 12 am Meeting
15.05.2020 9 to 12 am Meeting
29.05.2020 9 to 12 am Meeting
03.07.2020 9 to 12 am Final Presentation
17.07.2020 Submission


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