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Department of Spatial Planning


More than five million people live in the Metropole Ruhr, the largst agglomeration of Europe that includes 53 cities. Time and again, the effects of climate change could be experienced here in the past few years: floodings, storms, or heat waves. The project „Zukunft-Stadt-Region-Ruhr“ (ZUKUR, Future-city-region-Ruhr) brings together representatives of research, municipalities and society to jointly develop a concept for the future-proof development of the Ruhr area.

In the project, ten departments of the Faculty of Spatial Planning of TU Dortmund cooperate with three policy partners. The partners represent the three spatial levels that shall be studied. The Regionalverband Ruhr (RVR) represents the region as a whole, the municipal level is represented by the city of Bottrop, and the neighbourhood perspective is embodied by the Dortmund urban district of Marten.

The three levels – region, city, neighbourhood – are the backdrop for "real-world laboratories" that aim to find innovative solutions to cope with climate change and socio-ecological inequalities in a joint effort with inhabitants.

The project is part of the initiative 'city of the future' (Leitinitiative Zukunftsstadt). The initiative was launched by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to support innovative approach to contribute to more sustainability in cities.

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The project was lead by Joachim Scheiner at the transport research group, Department of Spatial Planning.

Project start and end: 2017-2020


Funding: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (


Prof. Dr. Joachim Scheiner,, Tel.: 0231 755-4822