Urban and Regional Planning II



Loisa Welfers

Research Assistant


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The functions of cities and regions are largely responsible for traffic events. In order to reduce motorized traffic volume and space usage, the ISB particularly researches the potential of axes- and rail-oriented urban development, space-saving construction, urban quarters suitable for families and the elderly, sustainable infrastructure, and the reactivation of inner-city (rail) areas.

This course goes into more detail regarding the planning, sizing, design, evaluation, assessment, and management of urban and regional infrastructure systems in consideration of their economic, social, and environmental impact.

By using practical examples, students are taught the methodological set of tools, the technical and technological parameters, the legal, organizational and financial options of implementation, and the expected impact for relevant tasks of urban and regional planning.

Questions and solutions relevant to designing and drafting are covered in more detail in the tutorial accompanying the lecture “Urban and Regional Planning II”. Only by profound knowledge of the parameters, possible courses of action, and the overall context of urban and regional planning can both single systems and the whole system of spatial development be optimized.

Methods for specific areas are addressed as well as the interplay between different spatial layers of planning (spatial planning, state and regional planning, urban development) and technical areas (settlement development, transport, environment). The course thus covers the entire area of planning and coordinating urban and regional settlement, infrastructure, environmental, and transport systems, completed by current development trends and research findings.

For the tutorial “Urban and Regional Planning II”, students work in groups to draft their own design for a given development area. In order to do so, students first take stock of the area’s existing usage, shortcomings, restrictions, and potential. Students then come up with an urban development concept and subsequently turn this into a design and a model of the development area.


Teaching Aims

The lecture and tutorial are meant to give students in-depth practical knowledge of the planning process, the steps, methods and tools of urban and regional planning, and to enable students to write texts on developmental aims and measures at a conceptual level as well as to graphically design planning proposals.

The tutorial in particular serves to qualify students for independent, practically oriented and problem-solving teamwork. They are also given soft skills such as working with CAD and graphic programs and can improve their creativity in the design process.

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