Winter Semester 2020/21

  evolution of mobility Copyright: © RWTH Aachen  


Mobility is facing a radical change. Air pollution, congested roads and a lack of public transport are among the major challenges facing our cities. The trend towards urbanisation offers many opportunities to promote the change towards a liveable environment and more attractive public spaces, but the course must be set anew. The climate protection goals can only be achieved if not only a switch to alternative propulsion systems takes place, but also a reduction in traffic volume (traffic avoidance) and a comprehensive shift away from private cars to more efficient means of transport. So far, however, it is unclear how a transformation to sustainable mobility can be implemented and what consequences this will have for our cities and society.

Serious changes are expected for cities and especially for the mobility sector in the coming decades. There are different ideas about the strategies for dealing with these changes. While the automotive industry is relying on technology and new incentives, others are calling for a more radical and rapid change in traffic patterns and habits.

One thing is certain: urban development and mobility go hand in hand. Although the interaction between space and mobility is of the utmost relevance, it has not yet been sufficiently considered.

The Urban Design Colloquium will focus on the turnaround in transport and its effects on space and its actors, and will explore the following questions: How do we want to move in the future? How can we reconcile mobility and accessibility with climate and environmental protection goals? What will cities that are attractive and worth living in look like in the future?


  • RWTH Aachen, Fakultät Architektur, Lehrstuhl und Institut für Städtebau
  • ILS Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung gGmbH, Aachen/Dortmund
  • Netzwerk Innenstadt NRW
  • Förderverein aachen_fenster – raum für bauen und kultur e.V.

Cooperation Partners

  • Fakultät Bauingenieurwesen, Lehrstuhl und Institut für Stadtbauwesen und Stadtverkehr.
  • Gender und Diversity in den Ingenieurwissenschaften (GDI)
  • RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation) Hub
  • Stadt Aachen, Dezernat Planung, Bau und Mobilität

With the Support of

Association for Urban, Regional and State Planning

Each event is recognised by the NRW Chamber of Architects with 1 lesson as further training in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning for chamber members. The right to make changes is reserved.

To participate in the event, please enter the following digital meeting room in zoom and enter the identification code below:

Code: 859812

Meeting-ID: 924 7057 8303

The other events will take place on 1st of december 2020 and 12th of january 2021.