The Campus as a Resource

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There will be a new public discussion series called "Open Perspectives".


The first edition of the new event series "Open Perspectives - Knowledge from RWTH for RWTH and beyond" at RWTH Aachen University will focus on the topic of "Campus as a Resource." On Wednesday, February 21, there will be a discussion in the Generali-Saal (6th floor) of the Super C, Templergraben 57, at 5pm.

Sarah Hermens and Hanna Potulski from the Chair of Urban Design and Institute for Urban Design and European Urbanism at RWTH Aachen University will talk about the "Net Zero Campus & Mixed Used Campus." Professor Dirk Müller from the Chair of Energy Efficient Buildings and Indoor Climate at RWTH will explain the "Energy Concept for the Melaten Campus". Professor Christa Reicher from Chair of Urban Design and Institute for Urban Design and European Urbanism at RWTH will report on her "Impressions from Melbourne: Monash University's Strategic Plan 2021-2030 - Impact 2030." The event will be hosted by Professor Alexander Markschies, Chair of Art History at RWTH.

Admission is free, and you do not need to register in advance.


Urban planning colloquium in winter semester 2023/24

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Future concepts for health, care, environment, and architecture


The lecture series "Urban Planning Colloquium" at the Faculty of Architecture of RWTH Aachen University has sparked discourse on healthy neighborhood development and new models of climate-sensitive environmental design and infrastructure in the winter semester of 2023/24. The colloquium discussed the following questions: What spatial and aesthetic requirements are expected for healthy urban landscapes in the future? How can the requirements for climate protection and adaptation be designed to benefit the environment and people's health? What contribution can the city center, with its underutilized spaces, make?

On Tuesday, January 16th, the third and final event of this semester took place under the title "What does a health-promoting and integrated urban development look like?".

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all speakers and participants.

You can find more information about the urban planning colloquium in the winter semester 2023/24 here.


Excursion to Bolivia

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La Paz: Science and Innovation

23 March to 6 April 2024 

Deeply rooted in Bolivia's history, the cities of La Paz and El Alto thrive as centres of social, economic, and cultural activity. Their unique geography, diverse culture and historical significance are driving their continued urbanisation. However, rapid population growth and economic change present new challenges that require careful consideration of sustainable urban development, taking into account the growing need for new technologies and innovation, environmental concerns, and cultural identities. Against this background, the main motivation of the excursion is to explore how urban design can create spaces for science and innovation in complex urban environments while considering the cultural and environmental context. The excursion will be organised in collaboration with the Faculty of Architecture of the Universidad Mayor de San Andres in La Paz, among others, and will have four highlights:

1) The Valle de Cinti wine region: The tour will provide historical insights into the economies that shaped Bolivia's cities and their traditional architecture. 

2) The Salt Flats of Uyuni: The tour will provide contemporary insights into the emerging lithium economy, which is crucial to the global energy transition. (Photo 1)

3) The city of Sucre: The tour will provide historical insights into the governance of Bolivian cities and their traditional architecture and urbanism. (Photo 2)

4) The unique and complex urban fabric of La Paz and Alto: Through guided tours and an urban design workshop, innovative concepts for the city of the future will be developed in collaboration with local universities and stakeholders. (Photo 3)

The experiences and results of the excursion will be taken up and further developed in several master theses in the summer semester of 2024 (kick-off 15 March).


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Workshop and Field Trip to the Amazon region

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Professor Verônica Garcia Donoso is organizing a second workshop and field trip to the Amazon region as part of her 'Georg Forster Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers' from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Her research project investigates the causes of the loss of natural vegetation in the Amazon region. It proposes actions at the local scale to contribute to the future planning of cities in the Brazilian state of Rondônia, with a focus on ecological and sustainable planning.

In February and March 2023, students and professionals from Germany and Brazil gathered for the first workshop and field trip in Rondônia, Brazil. The purpose was to visit, create partnership and develop greening strategies for the cities of Porto Velho, Ariquemes and São Carlos do Jamari.

A workshop was held in Ariquemes in March 2023, bringing together local students from UNIFAEMA University's Architecture and Urbanism course, Brazilian researchers and professors, city professionals, and members of the Kanindé Ethno-Environmental Defense Association. Students from the chair’s Master Program “Transforming City Regions”, during the research module "Ecological Planning for the Amazon Region" offered in the Winter Semester of 2022, created graphics and conducted analyses for the 2023 workshop.

In February 2024, Prof. Verônica Garcia Donoso will conduct the second workshop and field trip in the Amazon region. The event will take place in two locations: São Carlos do Jamari and Ariquemes. An activity is being organized in São Carlos do Jamari, a community of the Madeira River, to implement ecological strategies with the local population. Afterwards, a workshop will be held in the city of Ariquemes as a strategy for promoting a greener environment using Nature-Based Solutions (NbS). Local professionals will receive training to design and implement NbS. They will also raise awareness about the importance of adopting sustainable urban solutions for the city of Ariquemes.


Merry Christmas!

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A relaxing end of the year, happy holidays and a good start into the new year 2024 wishes the Chair and the Institute of Urban Design. 

You can find this year's Christmas card with a little puzzle here.


5Gain Project completion

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After almost four years, the BMWK-funded research project 5Gain (5G infrastructures for cellular energy systems using artificial intelligence) came to an end in September 2023. The interdisciplinary project consortium from research, industry and administration worked intensively on the use of artificial intelligence and 5G in the energy sector. For the Institute of Urban Design, the focus was on the 5G-related steady increase in new antenna systems and their integration into urban space in terms of design and social acceptance. We can look back on a successful collaboration and exciting findings, which are already being built on in newly launched research projects.

You can find more information on the project conclusion here.


Annual Conference on Urban Preservation 2023 - A summary

Photo of the annual conference on urban preservation 2023 © Uwe Grützner

The high backlog of renovations in public buildings, combined with changing requirements and expectations for spaces for culture and education, brought the worthy building stock and its potential into focus at the 2023 annual conference of the interdisciplinary working group on urban heritage conservation. Worthy buildings encompass more than just listed buildings and should not be abandoned prematurely, especially due to their architectural, urban planning, and identity-forming qualities. This year, we were guests at the facilities of the Technical University of Cologne, which itself serves as a prime example for the topic, where decisions to demolish face dedicated resistance from the public and the students themselves.

You can find the complete summary by Dr. Gudrun Escher here.


Orientation Workshop: Cultural Heritage and urban Transformation

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The main goal of this collaborative project is to enable and establish an exchange between researchers in the field of urban studies and Heritage studies from Jordan and the Middle East with Germany, to discuss following questions: 1. How can the collaboration prepare the cities and institutions to seize and develop their heritage structures and networks on tangible and intangible levels? 2. What can be learned from historical experiences in Germany and elsewhere? 3. How can educational institutions be part of the development in cities and regions in the Middle East?

This perspective proves its relevance in planning inclusive societies as through linking heritage aspects with changing cultural and societal norms, more integrative solutions and positive impact of development can be envisioned. It also gains more importance with the new status of the RWTH Aachen – Chair and Institute for Urban Design as a recent holder of a UNESCO Chair, as it can officially set the lines to interlink and triangulate the notions within urban experiences.

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Good Practice Workshop: City Regions

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Good Practice Workshop: City Regions 

The main goal of this application is to enable and establish an effective network of partners from Cairo University in Egypt, Notre Dame University in Lebanon and the German Jordanian University in Jordan with the RWTH Aachen and the Bauhaus University Weimar in Germany. Aims of this partnership is to tackle urban growth in city regions in the MENA Region and accumulate research through exchange to bring in scenarios of better and more resilient development based on different pillars of challenges facing these cities. The anticipated project will discuss the following questions: 1.  How can collaboration prepare the cities and institutions to capitalize on their assets and sketch a better vision for a more resilient development in term of urban growth? 2. What can be learned from best practices in Germany? 3. How can educational institutions be part of the development in cities and regions in the MENA Region?

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Roundtable Resilience and Cultural Heritage

Old town of Bad Münstereifel after the 2021 flood © Maren Blecking

The RWTH Aachen’s UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage and Urbanism welcomes you to a roundtable Resilience and Cultural Heritage with speakers from German Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building (BMWSB), RHA Reicher Haase Assoziierte, TUDelft, University of Liège, Europa Nostra, German Jordanian University and Polimi.  

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On September 1st, 2023, we celebrated the opening of the New Regional Bauhaus with over 120 guests in Heerlen, Promenade 14. 

In their welcoming speeches, Heerlen's Mayor Roel Wever, Vice-Rector Prof. Brück-Dürkop and Director of Stadsregio Parkstadt Peter Bertholet emphasized the importance of the New Regional Bauhaus for cross-border cooperation in the field of urban design and regional development.

The New Regional Bauhaus is a place for teaching and research, but also for the transfer of knowledge in the Rhine-Meuse region. In line with the UNESCO Chair, the focus is on cultural heritage and urbanism, but also on issues relating to transformation and structural change on a large scale. The Master's program Transforming City Regions serves this purpose in particular. 

The facilities are now also available to other partners. Further information can be found here.


Collateral Event of the Climate Wunderkammer

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We are in the midst of a climate emergency. The Paris Agreement and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda bind governments to combat climate change. The Climate Emergency declaration 2023 of over two thousand municipalities worldwide, covering one billion citizens, has called on governments, institutions, and civil society to speed up climate combat plans and actions. 

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Chair excursion

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Thanks to the IBA Thuringia for the inspiring insights we were able to get during our chair excursion from August 10-11. We started with a wonderful guided tour by Marta Doehler-Behzadi through the exhibition in the Eiermannbau in Apolda. Followed by great projects the next day, including the health kiosks, the climate culture landscape and the mirror ark, we returned from Thuringia full of energy.


Atlas of Hope Conference at Climate Wunderkammer

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The Climate Wunderkammer’s Atlas of Hope Conference took place on June 29 2023 in Venice. The speakers shared experience and research on the local impacts caused by the climate change crisis worldwide. The European Commission’s Project Leader for the EU Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change, Ms Irene Bonvissuto, addressed a keynote speech. 

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Climate Wunderkammer at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia

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The RWTH Aachen’s UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage and Urbanism, in collaboration with Politecnico Milano and IUAV Venice University, has organized an exhibition on climate change and resilience as a collateral event of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (May 22-November 26 2023).  

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Project documentation "Make room"

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It has now been a while since we reported on the Talbot parking lot. We look back on an insightful time and would like to thank everyone involved once again for their time, commitment and support. 
The "Mach Mal Platz" project has once again shown how much potential there is in students' ideas, but at the same time how difficult it is to carry out transformation with the current regulations. 
The project documentation presents the entire process. This ranges from participation in the state competition "Future Urban Space" of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Municipal Affairs, Construction and Digitalization of the State of NRW in 2021 to the implementation of the temporary trial phase at the end of 2022. 
Even if a long-term implementation does not yet seem possible in this framework, the Chair and the Institute of Urban Design continue to be in contact with student initiatives such as Uni.Urban.Mobil in order to not only develop theoretical approaches, but also to seek and seize opportunities for implementation. 
We would like to thank all contributors once again!

Click here to go to the project page.


Urban planning colloquium in summer 2023

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Diagnoses and therapies for the city of the day after tomorrow

In the summer of 2023, the "Urban Planning Colloquium" series of events at the Faculty of Architecture at RWTH Aachen University stimulated discourse on the reinvention of the inner city. The colloquium discussed the following questions: What role can new uses play in terms of mixed-use concepts? Do downtowns need more density and/or more open spaces? How do we get to a new "heart of the city" that invites people to meet in physical space?

On Tuesday, June 20, we held the third and final event in the series this semester, entitled "Downtowns as Magnets for People." 

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all speakers and participants.


Large housing estates of the future

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Marginalized for decades, the question of the future of large housing estates is now being raised: They provide a good home for many people; however, social challenges often arise. At a conference at the Baukunstarchiv NRW, the research team led by Prof. Christa Reicher presented an initial study that investigated the factors for residential satisfaction and image in large neighborhoods, as well as their potential for transformation. Also participating in the event were State Secretary Christian Sieveke from the NRW Ministry of Construction, representatives from cities and development projects in Germany and Austria, and Vonovia - the housing company had supported the research in three neighborhoods. The consortium includes RWTH Aachen University, the German Aerospace Center, the Expert Office for Aerial Image Analysis and Environmental Issues and the office Reicher Haase Assoziierte.

To the RHA website 

To the research website


UNESCO Chair of Cultural Heritage & Urbanism Opening event

Unesco Chair Eröffnung © Heike Lachmann

On March 31, we celebrated the opening of the UNESCO Chair with more than 200 invited guests in the Coronation Hall of Aachen City Hall. 

Aachen's Lord Mayor Sibylle Keupen, the Rector of RWTH Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rüdiger, the Secretary General of the German UNESCO Commission Dr. Roman Luckscheiter as well as the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Architecture Prof. Dr. Alexander Markschies emphasized in their greetings the importance of the new UNESCO Chair for RWTH Aachen, the city, the region as well as its role in the national and international context.  

The UNESCO Chair is part of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chair Program. The Chair's task is to shape the transformation of cities and neighborhoods in a sustainable way, with a special focus on cultural heritage. In research and teaching - especially with the Master's program "Transforming City Regions" - the Chair wants to dedicate itself to interdisciplinary education and international transformative research. In close cooperation with the German UNESCO Commission, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, the UNESCO World Heritage Center and the organizations ICOMOS, ICCROM and IICN, the discourse on the future of historic urban landscapes will be conducted. 

The event was dedicated to Prof. Dr. Michael Jansen, who was committed to cultural heritage for many decades and who unexpectedly passed away in July 2022.


Jyoti Hosagrahar UNESCO Chair *** UNESCO Chair Eröffnungsveranstaltung: Schlussworte von Dr. Dr Jyoti Hosagrahar, Deputy Director World Heritage Center UNESCO ***

UNESCO Chair Opening Event: Closing words by Dr. Jyoti Hosagrahar, Deputy Director World Heritage Center UNESCO


Completion of the R2Q research project

© Söfker-Rieniets, A., Vonhoegen, L., Reicher, C. (2023): Leitfaden RessourcenPlan – Teil 2.5: Ressourcenmanagement Fläche. Ergebnisse des Projekts R2Q RessourcenPlan im Quartier. Münster: FH Münster, IWARU Institut für Infrastruktur·Wasser·Ressourcen·Umwe Functional assessment of groundwater recharge, excerpt from the Herne-Baukau assessment.

The research project R2Q - RessourcenPlan im Quartier has now been completed with the publication of the final paper. During the three years of research in a large consortium, the research team at the Institute of Urban Design and European Urban Studies was able to develop an approach to evaluate land and its functions, which helps to guarantee an efficient use of land and reduce land consumption through a high density of use.
We thank all consortium members for the fruitful collaboration! Very special thanks go to IWARU, Institute for Infrastructure, Water, Resources and Environment, Münster University of Applied Sciences with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Mathias Uhl and the project coordinator Birgitta Hörnschemeyer.

The final publications of all resources and collaborative work can be read and downloaded here.


We are UNESCO Chair for Cultural Heritage and Urbanism!

"We are pleased to announce that we have become UNESCO Chair." © städtebau

We are pleased to announce today that RWTH Aachen University, together with UNESCO, has established a UNESCO Chair for Cultural Heritage and Urbanism, based at the Chair of Urban Design and the Institute of Urban Design and European Urbanism. 

Cultural Heritage and Urbanism - Under this slogan, we would like to devote special attention to the topics of urban design, building culture and the preservation of urban heritage. In addition to the challenges of the built environment, the focus here is on the consideration of intangible urban flows. 

The establishment of the UNESCO Chair of Cultural Heritage and Urban Design aims to feed the expertise pooled at the Chair into the professional discourse, to contribute to the transfer of teaching, and to expand the intercultural dialogue with institutions in the countries of the Global South.

The UNESCO Chair is thus part of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chair Programme. The Chair's task is to shape the transformation of cities and neighbourhoods in a sustainable way, with special attention to cultural heritage. In research and teaching - especially with the Master's programme "Transforming City Regions" - the Chair wants to dedicate itself to interdisciplinary education and international transformative research. In close cooperation with the German Commission for UNESCO, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the organisations ICOMOS, ICCROM and IICN, the discourse on the future of historic urban landscapes will be conducted. There will be a ceremonial with invited guests opening at the end of March.

So it remains exciting and we look forward to working together in the relevant thematic fields!

The full article on the Chair can be found on the UNESCO website or on the RWTH Aachen University website.


Congress for Innovative Neighborhood Development from 02.02. - 03.02.2023

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Living and working in attractive neighborhoods in the future. A vision that is as rewarding as it is complex. But how does it work? And what do people mean by 'livable' and 'attractive'?"

As a prelude to regular specialist events on urban transformation, the Congress for Innovative Neighborhood Development builds several bridges at the same time as an independent burning glass by allowing well-known personalities from a regional network of science, municipalities, companies and politics to have their say on pressing, practical issues of modern neighborhood development.

The topic of urban transformation and innovative neighborhood development is set to grow at the EBZ in the future. Cities and neighborhoods in the entire Ruhr region and in North Rhine-Westphalia are to be put in a position where they can use the combined knowledge from other "real laboratories" to better find their own way in neighborhood development.





We welcome Verônica Garcia Donoso with the Georg Forster Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation.

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Verônica Garcia Donoso is a Professor at the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), Cachoeira do Sul campus, Brazil. She has a PhD (2017), Master (2011) and Bachelor (2008) in Architecture and Urbanism by the São Paulo University (USP), Brazil. Since 2009 she is a researcher in the QUAPÁ research group, the most important Brazilian research network in the area of landscape. She works and researchs in many topics related to planning and designing cities and landscapes, such as open space system, urban morphology, ecological planning, nature-based solutions, participation, inequality and other social aspects.

She was granted with the Georg Forster Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. During 18 months and starting in December 2022, she will develop her research at the Chair and Institute of Urban Design, Faculty of Architecture, RWTH Aachen University. Nevertheless, since March 2022 she already has been part of the teaching crew of the Master “Transforming City Regions”.

Her research project is named “Exploring urban growth and vegetation loss in Amazon and Pampa biomes – an ecological planning perspective”. It aims to explore the particularities of urban expansion and loss of natural vegetation areas in two Brazilian cities, the first in the Amazon (Porto Velho-RO) and the second in the Pampa (Porto Alegre-RS) biomes. It intents do contribute to the future planning of both cities towards a more ecological and sustainable planning.


Exhibition "Inside Out Rothenburg ob der Tauber" in the RothenburgMuseum

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Student Ideas competition of the chair of urban planning and design is exhibited

With the student competition "Inside Out Rothenburg ob der Tauber" of the Chair of Urban Planning and Design at RWTH Aachen University, unusual, young and - yes - revolutionary views of a time-honored city will move into the RothenburgMuseum.

The designs of the master students of the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule in Aachen cover a wide range of different approaches to dealing with the urban planning entrance situation at the northeastern city entrance, the urban space in front of the Würzburger Tor. From the reactivation and redefinition of the moat, to experimental interventions in the city wall, to cross-border "cultural gardens," the student concepts represent architectural counter-designs to the "Rothenburg Way" of the old city.

The designs deliberately aim to show new perspectives for the further development of Rothenburg and present the extent to which new impulses could be set. Above all, they are intended to take a clear position on the inside and outside, in front of and behind the town wall, on "Inside/Out", and in doing so to think about topics such as tourism, educational opportunities, mobility and, above all, local identity and participation of the locals in the town's life away from tourism.

With the exhibition, the RothenburgMuseum wants to be deliberately provocative and invite people to engage with urban development and Rothenburg's urban history.

The exhibition will be on display in the RothenburgMuseum's Summer Refectory from October 7, 2022 to February 5, 2023. 

The opening of the exhibition "Inside Out Rothenburg ob der Tauber" took place on October 7 at 10 a.m. with the awarding of prizes to the best design drafts by an expert jury chaired by Prof. Ing. Christa Reicher and the presentation of the prize money donated by Christian Mittermeier, Mittermeiers Hospitality GmbH & Co KG.

Go to the official Website of the RothenburgMuseum




*** Professorin Christa Reicher für ihr Lebenswerk geehrt ***

Christa Reicher © Peter Winandy

Professor Christa Reicher, holder of the RWTH Chair of Urban Planning and Design, has been honored with the Grand Prize for Building Culture awarded by the Association of German Architects and Engineers (DAI).

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To the contribution of the RWTH


New DAAD funded Visiting Professor was secured at the Chair of Urban Design, RWTH Aachen

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Academic Year 2022-2023

Dr. Maram Tawil – German Jordanian University

Aiming at enriching and empowering the International Master Program Transforming City Regions TCR, and the DAAD-Funding for Visiting Professors Dr. Maram Tawil, Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and built Environment at the German Jordanian University could be hired. Dr. Maram Tawil is an Architect and Urban Planner with wide experience in educational and professional domains. Until she was awarded this position through the Chair of Urban Design at the RWTH Aachen, she has occupied the position of the Dean of the School of Architecture and Built Environment since the year 2020. She was engaged in different programs, curricula development along with organization of intercultural interdisciplinary student based and research-based projects, adopting an interdisciplinary approach in sustainable integrated planning. She has been assigned different positions from Head of Department and Vice Dean along with other responsibility positions for centers of excellence in road safety.

Since 2009, she led and managed urban planning and master planning projects in many countries including Yemen, Iraq, Sudan and Malawi. She was a consultant at the Amman Institute for Urban Development, HS Group of Consultants working on different integrated planning projects, ranging from local development of Master Plans in Balqa Governorate, Wadi Araba Integrated Master Plan to regional projects in Sulaymaniyah and Yemen such as Sana’a Master Plan as well as international World Bank funded projects like Urban Resilience in Malawi.

Her research will tackle the topic of Fluidity in urban communities and its meaning and impact on Urban Transformation. This important and crucial layer in city and regional development will be also tackled and represented throughout the year on research as well as educational level. 

Maram Tawil holds a PhD in Spatial Planning from the TU Dortmund in Germany since 2006. 2001 she got her Master's degree in Urban Design and City Planning from the University of Kassel and a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the Jordan University of Science and Technology, 1998.


„Mach Mal Platz!“ in the trial phase

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Together with Uni.Urban.Mobil, students from our Chair and Institute of Urban Planning took part in the state competition "Zukunft Stadtraum" ("Future Urban Space") of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Municipal Affairs, Building and Equality of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The results for a sustainable transformation of the Talbot parking lot into a climate-friendly multifunctional space were already recognized in the spring. 

Part of the competition is the testing of the proposed approaches. 

With a temporary appropriation of 12 parking spaces, the project "Make room!" set the first impulses for multifunctional uses of parking spaces. 
From 01.10 - 16.10.2022, visitors could take part in actions such as workshops, city walks and the creation of a giant tape art piece or take a break in the sun on one of the green grass carpets. 

Details about the action week can be found in the program.

You can find the programme here

We would like to thank everyone involved for making this possible and for their dedicated participation in the "Make room!" project. 



Revier2030#Future Spaces. How much space does structural change need?

Prof. Christa Reicher gives a lecture © städtebau

The expert event on 15.09.2022 in the series "Revier2030" was dedicated to the spatial strategy for the Rhenish Revier and the days how good places to live and work can be created. 

Christa Reicher gave an insight into the spatial strategy 2038+. The panel discussion with Minister Mona Neubaur, Minister Oliver Krischer and others highlighted the conflicts and challenges of spatial development. 


Impromptu Design Exhibition - Sammelbau

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As part of the summer festival of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University on 16.09.22, impromptu designs for the redesign of the campus areas around the Sammelbau will be exhibited.
The concepts were developed by Master's students of architecture and urban design on the topic of "Urban Wellbeing & Urban Development" as part of a research field with an associated impromptu design. The concepts address "urban wellbeing", innovative mixes of uses, places of learning and recreational spaces that set new impulses for the inner-city campus.


Chair of Urban Design organised the IDEA League Summer School When Science Meets Art for climate action at university campuses

Summer School_first day_red round carpet picnic in front of the RWTH Super C building © Miriam Hamel

The IDEA League Summer School When Science Meets Art for climate action at university campuses was a five-day summer school offering a platform for knowledge exchange and capacity building on climate action. The summer school participants were Master's and PhD students of the IDEA League universities from various study fields, including architecture and urban planning, landscape design, engineering and policy analysis, transport analysis, construction and robotics, business administration, environmental sciences, and computer science. The participants also presented a broad geographical background, including European countries and Jordan, Iran, Colombia, Argentine, Canada, China and Singapore. 

The first day began with an opening and introduction to the theme and programme of the summer school by Dr ir Ceren Sezer, the summer school coordinator. Prof Christa Reicher, the Director of our Chair of Urban Design and Prof Ute Habel, the RWTH Vice-Rector of International Relations, welcomed the students with their speech on the internationalisation of our university and master's programme, Transforming City Regions. The day continued with lectures by Prof Christa Reicher on sustainable urban transformation, Prof Antonelli Monti on local energy systems, Prof Niklas von der Assen on circularity for carbon neutral cities, and Prof Eugenio Morello on University as a Living Lab. The participants finalised the first day with a 'round red carpet' picnic in front of the SuperC building. 


The second day began with an introduction to art-based methodologies and climate tools by Miriam Hamel and Claire Waffel. The next was an interactive session on 'How followed this session is climate change me?' in which the participants reflected on their experience on climate change from a personal and professional point of view. In the following three days, the participants worked in groups to reflect on the thematic focuses covered during the lectures using various climate tools. They conduct fieldwork at RWTH Aachen Campus to gather empirical evidence through art-based methodologies, including observation, sketching, filming and photographing. Rikisaburo Sato, a film maker, joined the team and guided the filming process. The participants present their work on the final day in a short movie format. The summer school ends with a discussion session and a social event.


During the Summer School, the IDEA League Rectors, Prof Ulrich Rüdiger RWTH Aachen University, Prof Tim van der Hagen Technische Universiteit Delft, Prof Stefan Bengtsson Chalmers University of Technology, Prof Günther Dissertori ETH Zürich, Prof Donatella Sciuto (Vice Rector) Politecnico di Milano, and General Secretary J. Leslie Zachariah-Wolff visited the summer school in an interactive session on climate action at university campuses. 


We are grateful to Frau Elina Krause from the RWTH International Office and Frau Seher Ulusoy from the RWTH Chair of Urban Design for their support to realize this summer school. 


Ideas for the redesign of the Luisenhospital!

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Students of the Master of Urban Planning and the Master of Architecture have developed designs for the restructuring of the Luisenhospital Aachen within the framework of a student competition of the Evangelischer Krankenhausverein zu Aachen. In the course of a public presentation of the students' contributions on the area of the Luisenhospital, on May 4, 2022, a jury consisting of representatives of the Evangelischer Krankenhausverein zu Aachen and the Chair of Urban Planning and Design awarded prizes to the winning contribution. Subsequently, the best student contributions were publicly exhibited in the foyer of the Luisenhospital.
The basis for the students' work is an area that has been regularly expanded and remodeled since the 1970s, resulting in a complex and highly condensed ensemble of various building sections. By redesigning the first floor zone, the different parts of the building were to be better connected and orientation within the structure was to be simplified.
For this purpose, the entrance situation from the corner of Boxgraben, Weberstraße was designed in detail. The aim was to reorganize this to improve visibility and accessibility to the urban space and to optimize the route from the new parking garage into the hospital. This also involved a reorganization and redesign of all the open areas of the site.



REBUILD REVIER - Morschenich

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On 14.06.2022, the contribution "Rebuild Revier" in the project "Rheinisches Revier - Jugend gestaltet den Strukturwandel" of the association ANTalive e.V. (zdi Zentrum NRW) was awarded 1st prize within the framework of the federal model project "Unternehmen Revier" by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy).
The contribution was carried out by the Chair and Institute of Urban Planning at RWTH Aachen University as part of the joint research project DAZWISCHEN in cooperation with the Zukunftsagentur Rheinisches Revier and the Revierknoten Raum.
Together with students from the two participating schools, Burgau Gymnasium Düren and Gesamtschule Merzenich / Niederzier, forward-looking and innovative design concepts were developed at the Düren Merken and Morschenich (old) sites. Over the past few months, the students have gained an insight into the process of structural change and the development of urban planning concepts. With the support of the experts, the young people conducted their own on-site surveys and created urban planning concepts. The exciting ideas were then transferred into spatial concepts and modeled in 3D using Minecraft.
The results were thus recreated in a way that can be walked through and experienced, and can be "walked through" in a short video. The project offers the youth of the region a unique opportunity to actively participate in the discussion of the design of their homeland and to develop and communicate their own visions.

The whole video is available here


Sustainable urban development - lecture followed by discussion

Skyline von New York ©

As cities continue to grow around the world, the people who live there not only reap the benefits, but also increasingly face the burdens of noise, low air quality, loneliness, and city-specific weather phenomena. Air quality and weather in particular are also affected by ongoing man-made climate change, such as prolonged periods of heat in concrete canyons and extreme rain events. There are also questions about mobility within cities or social mixing.

So how can growing cities look socially and ecologically sustainable in the future, what needs to change in the existing stock and how should new planning be done? And finally - what can this look like here on site in Aachen?

This is exactly what we are talking about with Professor Christa Reicher from the Institute of Urban Design and European Urban Studies at RWTH Aachen University, to which we warmly invite you!

The Lecture followed by a discussion is located at H04, C.A.R.L.

Go to the facebook event


"Mach mal Platz!" receives another honour in the state competition "Zukunft Stadtraum"

green design with pergola and park area

Uni.Urban.Mobil. e.V. and its project "Mach mal Platz!" have been honoured once again in the second round of the state competition "Zukunft Stadtraum" (Future Urban Space), which is organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Municipal Affairs, Building and Equality of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Together with students and staff from the Department and Institute of Urban Planning at RWTH Aachen University and the Akademie für Handwerksdesign Gut Rosenberg of the Aachen Chamber of Crafts, they successfully developed the design for the Talbot car park. Special mention was given for the great commitment of the civic initiative, the model character as well as the consideration of green spaces, climate protection and multifunctionality in the design of the redesign of the car park. 

More information on the state competition "Zukunft Stadtraum" and the awards can be found here.


Student project "Rebuild Revier" gives students a design platform in the Rhenish Coal-Mining Area

Rebuild Revier Student © städtebau

As part of the project "Jugend gestaltet den Strukturwandel" (Young People Design Structural Change) of the ANTalive e.V. association, the Chair of Urban Planning has launched the project "Rebuild Revier" under the guise of the project "DAZWISCHEN - Future-Oriented Structural Change in the Rhenish Mining Area" together with the Revierknoten Raum and the Zukunftsagentur Rheinisches Revier. 

With pupils from the two participating schools, Burgau Gymnasium Düren and Gesamtschule Merzenich / Niederzier, future-oriented and innovative design concepts are being developed at the Düren Merken and Morschenich (old) sites. Over the last few months, the pupils have gained deep insights into the process of creating urban planning concepts, carried out independent on-site analysis and created urban planning models. The exciting ideas are now being transferred into spatial concepts and will then be modelled in 3D with the help of Minecraft. 

The results will thus be modelled in a way that can be explored and experienced, and will be "walked through" in a short video. The project offers the youth of the region a unique opportunity to actively participate in the discussion about the design of their region and to communicate their own visions. 

The project is led by the team of experts: Benjamin Casper - Zukunftsagentur Rheinisches Revier, Nicole Maurer - Revierknoten Raum and Andreas Klozoris - Dazwischen Projekt (RWTH), as well as the teachers Dr. Anja Septinus, Britta Schnee and Dietmar Reschke. The transfer to Minecraft and the management of the gamification approach will be carried out by Mr Josef Bogatzki (The JoCraft). Strong support is provided by students Karim Knobloch and Thilo Loose, who always accompany the students' process with their expertise.  



*** Lange Donnerstage im OecherLab ***

entrance of the oecherlab with the logo in red letters © städtebau

Visions for the city of the future ... what if

Aachen 2040+ scenarios by students from the Chair of Urban Design at RWTH Aachen University in the OecherLab


How autonomous vehicles or aquaponics could affect the design and planning of urban neighbourhoods or what possibilities this creates for urban development to promote lively neighbourhoods or bring more green into the city can be seen at the OecherLab until 19 February 2022. Sustainable, resource-saving and demand-oriented ideas for liveable urban spaces will be presented. The student designs particularly highlight the interactions between urban development and digital change in everyday life.

As part of the exhibition, there will be two more Long Thursdays in February, on which the exhibition will be open until 9 pm. Guests will give a brief introduction to the exhibition's theme. Students from the department will also be on hand to present their designs and visions.

Further information on the programme and dates can be found here


City building block living

Buchcover © Springer Verlag

Good residential construction is more than just the individual house: urban development, transport links, accessibility of infrastructural facilities, development situation and the formulation and design of intermediate areas have a decisive influence on the quality of living and the social interaction of the residents. It is necessary to focus on different demands and groups of residents. In addition to traditional and standardized floor plans, the individualization of society demands more flexibility, both with regard to changeability and with regard to mixed uses. Due to the differentiation of household and family constellations and the resulting demands on living, proven floor plans must be put to the test and new floor plans developed. The publication “Stadtbaustein Wohnen” lives up to this complex requirement because it spans the spectrum - from historical and proven forms of living to experimental living models and types. Concepts and projects are presented in a clear form and placed in an expanded spatial context of the immediate residential area or the quarter.

Hrsg.: Christa Reicher, Anne Söfker-Rieniets 
Erschienen im Springer Vieweg Verlag 
ISBN 978-3-658-34070-4

g et it here



Visions for the city of the future... What if?

map of Aachen with informations about the Vernissage © städtebau

Aachen 2040+ scenarios by students from the Chair of Urban Design at RWTH Aachen University in the OecherLab

The exhibition is dedicated to future scenarios by students of the Chair of Urban Design at RWTH Aachen University who are looking at Aachen in 2040+. The focus is on projects that deal with sustainable, resource-saving and demand-oriented ideas for liveable urban spaces. It will also take a look at the interactions between urban development and the digital transformation in everyday life. How autonomous vehicles or aquaponics could affect the design and planning of urban neighbourhoods or what possibilities this creates for urban development to promote lively neighbourhoods or bring more greenery into the city can be seen at OecherLab from 11 January to 19 February 2022. Topics such as mobility, production and trade, energy and resources will be examined from an urban planning perspective and show a small sample of the diverse challenges and tasks that future urban planners and architects will face in their exchange with urban society.

More Information about the exhibition


The Housing Market Is Failing - What To Do Now

from left to right you can see Rolf Buch, Christa Reicher, Steffen Klusmann and Isabella Reichert © SPIEGEL

New SPIEGEL business talk “Business Unusual” on the future of the city and living is launched.
Christa Reicher and Rolf Buch, Head of Vonovia, answer the following questions:
Rising rents, hardly any vacancies, building fabric that is harmful to the climate: How do we get out of there?

To the whole talk


Field trip to Venice:

On October 19-25, students from the master programmes of architecture, urban planning, as well as from Transforming City Regions visited the city of Venice as well as the Biennale of Architecture. Participants explored the everyday life in the streets, canals, and the campi of Venice and mapped their observations using diagrammatic methods. Interim results were presented and discussed at the Palazzo Bembo and a final exhibition is planned at the Chair and Institute for Urban Design. 

Save the date: November 19, 18:00 


150 Years RWTH - Special anniversary exhibition

Map of Aachen with graphics of all campus areas © städtebau

For this special exhibition in Centre Charlemagne for the 150th anniversary of the RWTH, the chair of urban design presents the development of university and city from the last 150 years in eight time phrases. This contribution was made in context of a research field from the masterstudies architectur and urban design with eleven students.

Further information:


Tour of the Frimmersdorf coal-fired power plant

Students on their way to the power plant © städtebau

As part of the M2 project Transformation of Power Plant Sites, the students and supervisors visited the already decommissioned Frimmersdorf coal-fired power plant in the Rhenish mining area last Friday. A group of RWE employees guided them through the power plant, which is normally not open to the public. It was helpful to develop an understanding of the complexity and dimensions of the structures that connect the entire plant inside and out. What remains is a fascination with the seemingly 50s industrial aesthetics and an already visible decline of the building fabric. Concepts and visions for a transformation therefore come at the right time, we are curious!


Third Place Trinkhalle 2.0 - A Trinkhallen-Masterplan for Dortmund

Picture taken from a balcony, view of a square with people © städtebau

In 2019, the formal application for the inclusion of the Trinkhallen culture in the Ruhr region in the NRW state inventory was submitted. In context of a publication and an exhibition, this application was continued in illustrated and textual form, and in 2020 the Trinkhallen culture was finally included in the list of NRW State Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage. In 2021, the certificate was officially awarded and it is now a matter of not only symbolically returning the award to the Trinkhalle, as habitat of the cultural form, but also of developing a careful form for preservation of the cultural practice. - Third Place Trinkhalle 1.0.


Third Place Trinkhalle 2.0 - Intervention Night of the Museums

On 18.09.21, on the Night of the Museums, the Chair of Urban Planning and Design of the RWTH presented the Trinkhallen-Masterplan for Dortmund, which was developed in a seminar, on the square in front of the Reinoldikirche. 21 students have taken an inventory of the drinking halls in the Dortmund urban area in the summer semester 2021 in order to record the macrocosm of the Trinkhallen culture. 

In addition to examining Trinkhallen as an intangible cultural heritage, all of Dortmund's Trinkhallen were mapped in small groups. The result was a Trinkhallen Masterplan that, in addition to a location of the mapped Trinkhallen, also invites the public to establish a sponsorship model for Trinkhallen owners that is currently still missing, and that promotes further development in dealing with the special form of retail as a category that is worthy to be protected. 

The resulting Masterplan was not only made visible in an intervention as a large 9x9 m PVC plan during the Night of the Museums in Dortmund's city centre, but also invited visitors to experience it. The mini-architecture Trinkhalle, a regional species of the typology of the kiosk, which shapes Dortmund's architectural culture, was prominently displayed in the city centre.

Spectators, young and old, took the opportunity to walk, cycle, play and have fun on the plan and could make a wallet with a Trinkhallen imprint out of a piece of plan as a souvenir at one of the stations. The contents can then be spent again at the Trinkhalle - a first contribution of their own to the further development of this cultural form! 

The project was supported during its development by the City of Dortmund, the Baukunstarchiv NRW, the Kioskclub 06 and the Katapult magazine. The competition win "Bin gleich wieder da" (I'll be right back) by 1 KC06 e.V. and a sponsorship from the city of Dortmund made the realisation of the project possible.


FORUM: Urban Building Culture

Inspired by the students' activities on the Trinkhallen Masterplan 2.0, an event entitled "The Trinkhalle in the Ruhr Area - an Intangible Cultural Heritage - Contributions of Small and Micro-Architecture to Urban Design” took place on 20.09.21 as part of the Forum: Stadtbaukultur series of events, with talks by Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Dirk Stürmer and Marie Enders. Afterwards, the impulses for further thinking about the cultural form of "Trinkhallen culture in the Ruhr region", as set out in the Trinkhallen Masterplan, became the subject of a lively discussion about the introduction of a category of "Trinkhalle" worthy of protection.

The Trinkhallen Masterplan project can be understood as a contribution to increasing the attractiveness of Dortmund's inner city and its polycentric kiosk neighbourhoods and as a contribution to informal planning following on from the Retail Masterplan. 

In this respect, a first success can already be recorded: The illustration of the Trinkhallen Masterplan has encouraged the Planning Department to consider Trinkhallen as a typology in a more concrete way in the new version of the Dortmund Retail Masterplan.

The Chair of Urban Planning congratulates all those involved and students who contributed to this successful project and the practical excursion and is looking forward to further developments!

Neele Tabea Ahlheit, Johanna Sophia Altendorf, Simon Becker-Wahl, Fabienne Chantal Berau, Yuil Chang, Theodor Deistler, Paul Funk, Anna Grabi, Frederike Hagen, Marie-Luise Held, Jana Klimek, Thilo Loose, Milena Carolin Lümmen, Dennis Lurtz, Johannes Müller, Mirhat Neziri, Roxana Popic, Isabell Santüns, Milena Anna Schieber, Hannah Weick, Alexandra Winnes

Research assistant: Eva Hoppmanns
Contact person: Marie Enders 


Annual Exhibition of the Faculty of Architecture 2021

Flood damage © Fakultät für Architektur

After a one-year break, the JAA - the annual exhibition of the Faculty of Architecture - awakens from its Corona slumber and presents itself with a new "perspective".

For all those who have not yet been able to attend: The exhibition of students, teachers and researchers of the Faculty of Architecture at RWTH provides insights into work processes and the resulting multifaceted results of the past semesters.

Usually, you can find the exhibition in the Reiff in Schinkelstraße and in the individual departments. This year, due to the unusual situation, the JAA is moving into the city space for the first time with a poster exhibition. This will give all Aachen residents an insight into the themes and ideas of the world of architecture at RWTH Aachen University. The heart of the exhibition is the Stadtsaal - Kurhausstraße, 52062 Aachen - as a new inner-city meeting place for the faculty. Further posters are distributed in the shop windows of Aachen's city centre.

The Stadtsaal will also be available to an interested city public for the coming year as a usable event space for discussion rounds, small lectures, film screenings, stage, etc.

We would like to kick things off together in a convivial atmosphere on Wednesday, 6 October 2021. We look forward to welcoming you to the Stadtsaal from 5 pm. Drinks and interesting topics of conversation will be provided. On the following days, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, someone will be on site from 2-6 pm. 

We hope for an inspiring evening and a memorable JAA.

Professor Christa Reicher will also attend the opening ceremony of the JAA.


Flood resilient urban development: Stolberg and Eschweiler

Flood damage © städtebau

The devastating extreme floods of 14/15 July 2021 in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate claimed many lives and caused immense damage. Continuous rain and heavy rain in large areas of the Eifel caused even smaller streams to rise to raging floods within a short period of time, leading to major flooding.

The affected cities and municipalities are now faced with the great challenge of rebuilding the destroyed areas while providing safer protection against future floods. The solutions to be found must be flood resilient and sustainable, but must also be integrated and designed into the urban context.

A project team under the leadership of the Eifel-Rur Water Association (WVER), consisting of experts from water management and research, will develop a model master plan with recommendations for action and measures for the two cities of Stolberg and Eschweiler over the next six months. The larger surroundings of the cities will also be taken into consideration if this can contribute to an improvement in flood protection. The results should subsequently be transferable to other cities and districts to make them more resilient to the consequences of climate change in the future. The participants in the FRWS project work pro bono in the sense of solidarity with the affected areas.

The Institute of Urban Planning and European Urban Studies, along with several other institutes of RWTH Aachen University, is part of the expert panel that advises the project team on the technical content. The main focus of the task for the Institute of Urban Planning is to advise on the integration of the measures in terms of urban planning and urban space, as well as recommendations on urban planning processes.


Exhibition on the urban development of villages in Euskirchen

Award winners of the competition © Daniel Albrecht/indeland GmbH

In the summer semester of 2021, the students of the Master's programme in Urban Planning dealt with the development of the villages of Esch, Hohn and Iversheim in the urban area of Bad Münstereifel.

The designs were to test urban development concepts for a sustainable and sensitive further development of the villages. The students developed new forms of housing for rural areas, combined with other uses such as compatible forms of commerce, community uses and gastronomy. At the same time, special attention was paid to a site-specific design of the buildings - the students analysed the localities with regard to their typical characteristics and, based on this, used site-typical materials, colours and building forms for the architectural design.

An important part of the designs were central statements on sustainability - both with regard to the materials used, forms of mobility, utilisation concepts and open space design. Note: The designs were created before the flood disaster, which caused great damage in the Eifel and also in Iversheim, so that the consequences could not yet be taken up in the designs.

The results could be viewed on Tuesday, 28.09.21 in the Euskirchen District House (Jülicher Ring 32a in 53879 Euskirchen).


Stadtwerkstatt at the OecherLab at the Festival of Mobility: Presentations on the redesign of the Aachener Grabenring

model of a street space © städtebau

At the Festival of Mobility on 17 September, the Stadtwerkstatt presented results on the redesign of the Grabenring from the seminar "Forum Stadt und Landschaft" (Forum City and Landscape) at the Chair of Urban Design at RWTH Aachen University from the summer semesters 2019 and 2020.

Around 150 Bachelor of Architecture students developed various ideas for the design and use of 18 sections along the Grabenring. The scenario of a car-free city centre, which only allows residents and delivery traffic as well as taxis and bicycles, scooters, etc. up to the Aachener Alleenring, served as the basis. The result was a wide range of ideas for very different recreational areas that promote lively neighbourhoods, bring greenery into the city and enable more leisure activities in the urban space overall.

The festival was organised by OecherLab and the ACCorD (Corridor for New Mobility Aachen - Düsseldorf) funding project as part of European Mobility Week.



European Mobility Week: Reallabor Templergraben - Exhibition Audimax Intersection 2.0

TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE Interplay of speeds © Jana Bulich, Annika Harkemper, Dennis Lurtz, Christiane Schubert

In the course of the European Mobility Week, concepts of the M1 project for the redesign of the intersection at the Audimax were shown in the Reallabor Templergraben from 17.09.21 - 19.09.21.

Under the title "Audimax Intersection 2.0", master's students spent a semester developing new visions for the main traffic intersection on the central campus of RWTH Aachen University. In addition to a reorganization of traffic, expansion of bicycle and public transport routes, the adjacent campus and city areas were to be further developed and new uses for the underpass below the intersection were to be developed.

The project was carried out in cooperation with Uni.Urban.Mobil and presented in a public discussion round, with representatives of the urban development of the city of Aachen as well as the student initiative Uni.Urban.Mobil, in the course of the exhibition by Univ.-Prof. Christa Reicher.


Uni at the town hall on 13.08.2021 "Vertical Farming"

Discussants in front of the Aachen city hall © städtebau

Christa Reicher joined Prof. Stefan Schillberg, Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME, and Mayor Sibylle Keupen to discuss the sustainable supply of food to cities and the future prospects of our cities and regions. 

The event was moderated by Jens Tervooren. 


derive! 3.0 Lausitz

Poster for Info Event of "derive Lausitz" - Excursion Offer Winter Semester 2021/22 © städtebau

Watch out!

The semester has hardly passed and we are already preparing for the next one:
In the coming winter semester of 2021/22 , we will be taking a third trip to a foreign region with the research method 
"derive", we will travel for the third time to an unfamiliar region: Lusatia called "Lausitz".

Influenced by lignite mining and everyday life in the GDR, we will follow in the footsteps of Gundermann,
learn the history of the Spreewald cucumbers and the wide range of customs and traditions 
of the Sorbs in Upper and Lower Lusatia. - Have you become curious?

Then come to the info event on 26 July 2021, 6 p.m.  
For more info on the route and the task on site as well as the application on!

Key data

The route: Eisenhüttenstadt / Lusatian Baltic / Cottbus / Spreewald / Hoyerswerda
Period 1 November 2021 to 6 November 2021
6+3 credits (research module + 3 credits impromptu for excursion)
Architecture Master/ Urban Design Master/TCR

Info event: 26 July 2021, 6 p.m.
Meeting ID: 970 5258 1808
identification code: 525156

You can apply until 9 August 2021 via mail with Collage (A5) about the culture of your home country (tradition/everyday life/customs/already recognized intangible cultural heritage) via Mail at !


Hellhörig - The Podcast about the Future of Housing from Vonovia

hellhörig podcast © ZeitStudio and Vonovia

With our project sketch "Trinkhallenmasterplan für Dortmund 2021" we won the 1st place with a prize money of 1.500€! We are looking forward to a great intervention in September in Dortmund and the collaboration with the city of Dortmund, the Baukunstarchiv NRW and the Kioskclub 06 as well as with Dani from KATAPULT- Magazine, Reinaldo Coddou H. and many more actors around the Trinkhallen culture.

In 2019, the application for the inclusion of the Trinkhallenkultur in the Ruhr area in the state inventory of NRW was submitted. With a publication and an exhibition, this application was continued and in 2020, the Trinkhallenkultur has finally been included in the list of the State Inventory for Intangible Cultural Heritage NRW. In 2021, the certificate will be officially awarded, and the task now is to be a good practical example for the preservation of the cultural form. To this end, students will develop a "Trinkhallen-Masterplan" this summer semester using the city of Dortmund as an example. This is intended to introduce the Trinkhalle as a special form of retail at the interface with gastronomy, as a specific category worthy of protection. After mapping Dortmund's Trinkhallen, a common map will be created and printed.
We are pleased to present this master plan at the Night of Museums on site, in Dortmund city center. Printed on a large PVC plan, the Trinkhallen culture gets a prominent, walkable and experienceable place. We are looking forward to developing this exhibition together with the students. Join us in Dortmund in September!


1st place in the competition "Bin gleich wieder da" of the 1.Kioskclub 06 Dortmund

Friedensplatz in Dortmund with intervention © städtebau

With our project sketch "Trinkhallenmasterplan für Dortmund 2021" we won the 1st place with a prize money of 1.500€! We are looking forward to a great intervention in September in Dortmund and the collaboration with the city of Dortmund, the Baukunstarchiv NRW and the Kioskclub 06 as well as with Dani from KATAPULT- Magazine, Reinaldo Coddou H. and many more actors around the Trinkhallen culture.

In 2019, the application for the inclusion of the Trinkhallenkultur in the Ruhr area in the state inventory of NRW was submitted. With a publication and an exhibition, this application was continued and in 2020, the Trinkhallenkultur has finally been included in the list of the State Inventory for Intangible Cultural Heritage NRW. In 2021, the certificate will be officially awarded, and the task now is to be a good practical example for the preservation of the cultural form. To this end, students will develop a "Trinkhallen-Masterplan" this summer semester using the city of Dortmund as an example. This is intended to introduce the Trinkhalle as a special form of retail at the interface with gastronomy, as a specific category worthy of protection. After mapping Dortmund's Trinkhallen, a common map will be created and printed.
We are pleased to present this master plan at the Night of Museums on site, in Dortmund city center. Printed on a large PVC plan, the Trinkhallen culture gets a prominent, walkable and experienceable place. We are looking forward to developing this exhibition together with the students. Join us in Dortmund in September!


Europan Competition Living Cities

Logo of the Europan Competition © EUROPAN


The Europan 16 "Living Cities" competition asks how we can counter climate change and man-made social, economic and cultural inequalities in the urbanized spaces of our cities and communities with innovative and inclusive projects and new planning processes. The aim of the competition is to develop ideas for neglected, derelict, empty, stigmatized or monofunctionally used spaces in order to transform them back into vibrant, inclusive and mixed urban spaces.


  • Five cities are represented from Germany:
  • Ettlingen is looking for answers to the future of working, living and mobility and has set as its task the development of an inner-city neighborhood with a train station.
  • Landshut has a former correctional facility that is to be reprogrammed and linked to the city.
  • Schwäbisch Gmünd is looking for concepts for a new city entrance and a new mixed, lively district with sustainable mobility.
  • Selb is asking what contemporary street spaces can look like and how ground-floor zones can be revitalized in order to contribute to the activation of the city center.
  • Wernigerode wants to develop a new neighborhood with lots of urban nature and buildings for new forms of living. 

Instagram: @europangermany


Call for Ideas - Announcement of student competition

Call for Ideas © städtebau

The Liebling Haus and feld72 are announcing the Call for Ideas for the Catalogue of Possibilities – let’s investigate the potential of the public space, during the pandemic and beyond. Let’s think about future uses of (urban) open space together. The Call for Ideas is supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum Tel Aviv.



Johannes Göderitz Prize "The new city"

Open pit landscape - bucket wheel excavator © Anne Söfker-Rieniets

In the Rhenish coalfield, the reclassification of the Garzweiler open pit mine offers the opportunity to answer important questions for the future, such as the development of new mobility concepts, dealing with climate change, new possibilities due to advancing digitalization and the testing of innovative structural and spatial concepts, by planning an exemplary city in a special location. For this reason, a new city for approximately 50,000 inhabitants is to be gradually built on the site of the Garzweiler open pit mine starting in 2025. Within the framework of the Johannes-Göderitz competition, spatial and functional structures for this new city are to be developed and transferred into an urban design. The impulse for the new city foundation is the Olympic Village for the 2032 Summer Olympics, which is to form the main or a secondary center of the new city after the conclusion of the Olympic and Paraolympic Games. Decisive for the quality of this new city is a high degree of independence and autonomy. In addition to a unique urban idea with a high identification potential, the new city should, as far as possible, fulfill all the functions of a fully-fledged city. Since polycentric urban regions are considered the most sustainable model of spatial development in scientific discourse, this city is to prove that the idea of a polycentric urban landscape can be implemented in the Rhineland. The plan area is located on the eastern shore of the future residual lake of the Garzweiler open pit mine, approximately where the open pit mine is located today. The area of about 21 square kilometers is bordered by the A46 motorway in the north and by the new A44 motorway in the south and east. The design offers the opportunity to negotiate future-oriented topics here and to show new perspectives.



*** Verbundvorhaben „DAZWISCHEN“ ***

© Stadt Düren

Initiating structural change in the Rhenish mining area with federal funding.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding the joint project "DAZWISCHEN - Zukunftsorientierte Strukturwandel im Rheinischen Revier" with 1.4 million euros, which according to Mr. Thomas Rachel (Member of the Bundestag, CDU) aims to "develop a model and municipal perspectives for the region between the metropolises of Cologne and Aachen in times of structural change”.

The Institute of Urban Planning and Design at the RWTH, together with its partners from the TU Dortmund University, the Institute for Applied Social Science (infas), the district of Euskirchen and the city of Duren, will examine the challenges of the post-mining landscape as a result of structural change, as well as the pressure for growth from the Rhine and the Aachen region, and develop spatial strategies for action. The process is enriched by real-life laboratories as well as public participation and is accompanied by the Zukunftsagentur Rheinisches Revier as an associated partner.


IBA 27 StadtRegion Stuttgart - Student Exhibition in Sindelfingen

Exhibition Poster Sindelfingen © City of Sindelfingen

In the course of the IBA 27 in the StadtRegion Stuttgart, our students, in cooperation with the city of Sindelfingen, have developed urban development and design concepts for the Sindelfingen IBA location "Auf der Steige". The eight M1 projects will now be presented in an exhibition in Sindelfingen's city hall from September 28 to October 30, 2020.

to the exhibition



Event Logo © CORP

The conference REAL CORP2020 aims to discuss strategies and concepts of how change can be shaped in a qualitative manner in neighbourhoods, cities, urban regions and, accordingly, in metropolitan areas. In this context, the question also arises as to who are the actual actors in current urban, regional and metropolitan regional development and what role planners can play in the corresponding scenarios.

To the event


Jan Gehl at the städtebau + NEQ talk

Zoom Meeting Jan Gehl © städtebau

What if architecture could change the world?

Facing special times, excursions, conversations and discussions are no longer possible through usual channels. As the graduate school "Sustainable Energy Systems in Neighbourhoods (NEQ)" unfortunately experienced as a scheduled excursion to Copenhagen could not be carried out and it was, therefore, postponed. The excursion aimed at shedding light on what innovative and sustainable neighbourhoods of tomorrow could look like and one of the highlights would have been meeting Jan Gehl. Nevertheless, to the delight of the NEQ PhD students as well as the staff of the Chair and Institute of Urban Design, the meeting with Jan Gehl was made possible through digital platforms.

Jan Gehl started an intriguing conversation by raising the question "What if architecture could change the world?" and answered it by reflecting on his work as an architect over the past 60 years. During these years, he could observe transitions from functional architecture and urban planning to more human-centred approaches in architecture and planning that focus more on the interaction between people and spaces. A change on which he looks back on positively.

Important issues were addressed that concern our young academics and have a direct impact on the development of our society and our living spaces. Different scales of the challenges must be taken into account here. Climate change is one of the biggest influencing factors in the near and long-term future, which brings resilience more and more into the focus of discussions. The requirements for quality in transformation processes are also increasing. These start at the neighbourhood level with participation tools and methods. Jan Gehl pleads not to forget that the task of a planner is to show citizen’s development scenarios and their consequences and not to transfer the entire planning task to him. This last point also makes it clear how important language and communication tools are. Many trends, such as the Smart Cities as an example, will be taken up and used for marketing purposes. It should be noted that smart is not a synonym for digitalization, but rather for "smart cities", which use existing opportunities and instruments in a wise and targeted manner.

The fruitful conversation makes it clear that the challenges that architects and planners face are becoming more complex and that the initial question of the conversation is once again in the foreground: "What if architects change the world?

„They can change the world. But we have to want it and we have to have values. Then we can change the world with changing the mindset.”


Urban Integration

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From Walled City to Integrated City

Christa Reicher, Fabio Bayro-Kaiser, Päivi Kataikko-Grigoleit, Sarah Müller, Jan Polívka (Eds.)

In the context of Transforming City Regions, phenomena such as globalization and digitalization accelerate change and bring several aspects of life into motion. If used in a smart way, such developments might trigger a promising dynamic for local people, their living environment, and regional economy. “Urban Integration: From Walled City to Integrated City” reflects on the challenges such dynamics encompass and also on the significance of social integration in urban contexts. The book compiles contributions from researchers, practitioners, and students to an international symposium held at Essen Zollverein in May 2018.



Reclaiming Public Space through Intercultural Dialogue

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Christa Reicher, Fabio Bayro-Kaiser, Maram Tawil, Janset Shawash, Katrin Bäumer, Jan Polívka (Eds.)

The challenges rapid urbanization encompasses are manifold, so are the efforts addressing sustainable and inclusive development frameworks. “Reclaiming Public Space through Intercultural Dialogue” is an intercultural and interdisciplinary initiative, which focuses on how social and spatial segregation can be overcome in metropolitan areas. Through joint research and teaching activities in the cities of Dortmund and Amman, three comprehensive topics emerged: urban transformation and the role of public space; social and cultural dimensions of cities; and nature-based planning approaches. The book compiles contributions to these topics from researchers, practitioners, and students, which were presented in an international conference held at the German Jordanian University in Madaba, Jordan, in November 2017.



Polycentric City Regions in Transformation

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The Ruhr Agglomeration in International Perspective

Christa Reicher, Fabio Bayro-Kaiser, Hendrik Jansen, Jan Polívka (Eds.)

Worldwide, cities and regions are affected by structural change and face comprehensive transformation processes, many of which are yet to reveal themselves. In this context, polycentric models for development have been internationally voiced. “Polycentric City Regions in Transformation: The Ruhr Agglomeration in International Perspective” discusses such models in a comparative manner and, in particular, focuses on the dynamics that shape and challenge cities and regions nowadays. The book compiles contributions from Germany, China, Canada, Portugal, Colombia, USA, Scotland, among others, which were presented in an international conference held at Essen Zollverein in June 2015.


REAL CORP 2020: On the way to sustainable energy systems in the neighbourhood

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The NRW Research College "Sustainable Energy Systems in the Neighbourhood" (NEQ) aims to develop technical, economic and social control models for increasing energy efficiency in the neighbourhood. With its broad interdisciplinary composition and embedding in practice (transdisciplinary), the Research College thus makes an important contribution to developing integrated concepts and promoting the necessary understanding between the disciplines and between future scientists and practitioners from different disciplines. Concrete possibilities for action and options should support the parties involved, above all municipal utilities, local authorities, politicians and citizens, in driving forward the energy turnaround in the neighbourhood. With a view to the people and their motivations, actor-related and technical models as well as business and management models will be developed to implement the energy system transformation in the neighbourhood.

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Call for abstracts | Special issue | Spatial Justice in Urban Studies and Planning Education | Planning Practice and Research (Routledge)

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Deadline: May 4, 2020 | Editors: Deniz Ay (VUB) and Ceren Sezer (RWTH Aachen University)

This special issue aims to bring together an interdisciplinary and international group of contributors to discuss and explore the state-of-the-art approaches and strategies to advance the comprehension of spatial justice in academic, policy, and practical realms. Some of the questions the contributions may address include, but are not limited to:

1. What is the place of spatial justice in education for urban studies? Do we need ‘spatial justice pedagogy’?
2. How, or to what extent, are urban designers and planners prepared through their formal education to stand on the side of spatial justice in their practice?
3. What are the opportunities beyond the conventional forms of teaching (i.e., digital humanities, digital ethnographies, multimedia) to promote spatial justice-oriented education in the context of the complex roles and futures of cities and regions?
4. What are the pedagogical pitfalls in planning curriculums, teaching methods, and materials used for advancing students’ understanding of spatial justice?
5. What are the alternative educational platforms beyond the academia for advancing the collective knowledge on spatial justice to connect directly with communities and grassroots?



Poster Award SSPCR - Special Blog Article NEQ

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On 10.12.2020 Antonia Stratmann, PhD student at the Institute of Urban Planning and colleague of the Research College "Sustainable Energy Systems in Neighbourhoods (NEQ)", presented her poster at the international conference in Bolzano "Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions" (SSPCR). Under the title "How can Flexible Public Spaces Contribute to the Creation of Resource-Friendly Cities", it was awarded one of the two best posters of the conference.


*** Kooperationsvertrag mit dem Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung (BBSR) in Bonn unterzeichnet. ***

Participants (from left)  Dr. Elke Müller, Prof. Sabine Brück, Dr. Markus Eltges, Prof. Christa Reicher, Dr. Marion Klemme, Stefan Krapp © Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung Participants (from left): Dr. Elke Müller, Prof. Sabine Brück, Dr. Markus Eltges, Prof. Christa Reicher, Dr. Marion Klemme, Stefan Krapp

The cooperation agreement with the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) in Bonn was signed on 29.11.2019. With the signed contract between the Institute for Urban Development and European Urban Studies and the BBSR, the long-standing cooperation is transformed into a formal agreement with the aim of expanding cooperation in the fields of urban development, current and future issues of urban and regional development, architecture and cultural heritage.

In addition to participating in the European Master's programme "Transforming City Region" (TCR), the cooperation between the Institute, the Faculty and the BBSR in teaching and research will be intensified and further developed over the next few years. Both institutions see this as a great added value. Christa Reicher was Chairwoman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the BBSR from 2010 to 2016 and has already advocated a more intensive exchange between the BBSR and the universities and other scientific institutions during this phase.


Prospective Urban Developers think City with NRW Construction Minister Ina Scharrenbach

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On December 9, 2019 Master's students from the Departments of Architecture and Urban Planning at RWTH Aachen University, together with Prof. Christa Reicher and NRW Minister of Construction, Ina Scharrenbach, will think and develop new urban concepts, visions and ideas for our cities of tomorrow.


"Aktionstag: Bushof"

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Often used but also despised, the Aachen bus station "Bushof" - how do you deal with this problematic place in the city centre of Aachen? Together with Prof. Christa Reicher, Master Students from the Faculties of Architecture and Urban Planning will develop concepts and visions for the future and present them at the "Aktionstag: Bushof" on November 23, 2019.

Aachen "Aktionstag: Bushof"
Traumhafte Ideen für eine Oase in der Innenstadt

Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 5pm


Teaching Award Summer Term 2019

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Award "Wissen schafft Stadt - IBA Heidelberg": on November 5, 2019, the Chair of Urban Planning was awarded 3rd place for its "Wissen schafft Stadt - IBA Heidelberg" module under the direction of Dr.-Ing. Claudia Kruschwitz as part of the "Teaching Award for Excellent Teaching" of the Architecture Student Council of RWTH Aachen.


"Innovation Award Heads of the Real Estate Industry Ruhr"

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Award Prof. Christa Reicher: on 12.09.2019 Prof. Christa Reicher was awarded the Innovation Prize of the Real Estate Industry Ruhr 2019 at the Real Estate Conference Ruhr in Herne.


50 ProfessorInnen widersprechen der Düsseldorfer Erklärung

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50 Professorinnen und Professoren der Architektur, der Stadt- und Regionalplanung, der Stadt- und Architekturtheorie, der  Freiraumplanung, der Architektursoziologie, des Planungsrechts und des Städtebaus widersprechen und appellieren an die Entscheidungsträger von Bund, Ländern und Kommunen, die Düsseldorfer Erklärung kritisch zu hinterfragen.



"Städtebau muss räumliche und strategische Konzepte und Bausteine anbieten"

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*** Diskussion über Stadtquartiere der Zukunft im Rahmen des Evangelischen Kirchentages in Dortmund ***

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Fachmagazin Transforming Cities „Städte im Krisenmodus?“

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In der Ausgabe 2|2019 des Fachmagazins Transforming Cities „Städte im Krisenmodus?“ stellt Frau Prof. Christa Reicher vom Lehrstuhl für Städtebau und Entwerfen der RWTH Aachen den zum Wintersemester 2019/20 startenden, englischsprachigen Masterstudiengang „Transforming City Regions“ vor. Dieses viersemestrige Masterprogramm mit dem Fokus auf internationale Transformationsprozesse richtet sich an Studierende aller Welt aus den Disziplinen Architektur, Stadtplanung, Landschaftsplanung, Bauingenieurwesen, Geografie, u.a., die sich mit weiterführenden Konzepten und Strategien im Städtebau und in der Quartiers-, Stadt- und Regionalentwicklung befassen wollen.

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Teaching the City – ist die Lehre der Stadt an den Hochschulen noch zeitgemäß?

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*** Forschungsprojekt „RessourcenPlan im Quartier“ ***

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