Teaching and Research

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The institute for urban and regional planning deals with complex urban structures, reaching from the regional to the city context and from the quarter to related architectural questions. Based on historically-evolved urban structures we focus on the design, development and reshaping of future-proof cities and districts under consideration of their technical, ecological, economic and socio-cultural circumstances. Thematic emphases include regionally different demographic and economic developments, the simultaneity of growth and shrinkage processes, changes in living and working conditions, as well as infrastructural innovation.

The focus in teaching is on urban development, including typological components of the city as well as basic principles and methods of urban design. In this way, a principal understanding of complex urban systems and cause-and-effect relationships as well as instruments for the evaluation and design of liveable urban spaces shall be developed. Complementary content includes topics from urban and regional planning, technical infrastructure, planning law, urban land-use planning, construction in the context of cultural heritage, and methods of representation in urban planning. As a rule, current key research areas are included in teaching and learning activities.

Current Key Research Areas

  • Building culture in rural areas
  • Influence of innovations on urban structures
  • Innovative land use management and redevelopment
  • Planning and construction in non-European countries
  • Urban and cultural landscapes; cultural heritage; world heritage site management

The Chair was recognized as a UNESCO Chair in 2012. The UNESCO Chair's responsibilities include practical advising, fundamental and applied research, as well as education. With these projects the Chair aims to contribute to a sustainable and responsible preservation and development of World Cultural and Urban Landscapes facing high pressure to change.