Urban and Regional Planning I



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The course Urban and Regional Planning I covers the fundamentals of planning at the local and regional level.

The lecture Urban and Regional Planning I conveys knowledge on the practical basics of urban development, urban planning and infrastructure provision. The legal basis, procedures, and planning processes of planning at the federal, federal state, urban and regional level are discussed. The lecture furthermore covers the basics of planning processes and local administration structures, contents of spatial plans (especially those of preparatory land-use plans and binding land-use plans), the basics of landscape and green structure plans (ecological interests, environmental assessment), explanations on building permissions, and the contents of building applications. The lecture conveys the basic methods of planning and explains their practical application.

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The theoretical knowledge from the lecture is supplemented in the accompanying tutorial with analytical and conceptual skills. Explanations on building stock identification and analyses, the design of properties of residential building types and social and technical infrastructure planning, types and disposition of buildings, street space and parking space design, and the functions of open spaces are given as input. During the course of the tutorial, the students develop a plan illustrating deficits, potentials and constraints, a land use and infrastructure concept, and an urban planning design for an example area in or surrounding Aachen. This will teach students how to conceptualize structures and spaces on different levels of detail (scale). Students taking the tutorial must attend the lecture “Urban and Regional Planning I” in the same semester. The material covered in the tutorial is based on the fundamentals of urban land-use planning conveyed in the lecture.


Teaching Aims

Having completed the tutorial and the lecture “Urban and Regional Planning I”, students should:

  • be able to understand the planning system of the Federal Republic of Germany and put it into the European context,
  • be able to understand and use the basic methods, procedures and tools of spatial planning,
  • master the planning procedure, steps and tools of urban land-use planning,
  • be able to design and assess land-use, infrastructure, and structural systems,
  • have improved their assessment and analytical skills,
  • have increased their design skills and creativity,
  • be able to think and work in interdisciplinary contexts,
  • be able to plan an area considering different points of view,
  • be able to evaluate urban planning qualities.

Further information about the lecture, the exercise and the exam can be found in RWTHonline.