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Dortmund & The School of Spatial Planning


The City of Dortmund

The city of Dortmund is located in one of Germany’s major urban agglomerations, the Rhine-Ruhr area. With almost 600,000 inhabitants, Dortmund is one of the largest economic hubs in North-Rhine Westphalia and the 7th largest city in Germany.Traditionally famous for beer and for its steel and coal industry, Dortmund has transformed itself into an important high-tech location.

Living in Dortmund means combining urban life with outdoor facilities: Dortmund is known as Westphalia's "green metropolis". Nearly half the municipal territory consists of woodland, agriculture, waterways and green spaces including spacious parks such as the Westfalenpark, the Rombergpark and the Fredenbaumpark.

Although about 80 % of homes in Dortmund were destroyed during World War II, the city centre still retains the outline of the medieval city. The two famous churches “Reinoldikirche” and “Marienkirche”, located directly in the city centre are gems of medieval architecture. The ring road marks the former city wall. The Westen-/Ostenhellweg, which was part of a medieval salt trading route, is still the major street bisecting the city centre. Nowadays it is one of the most frequented shopping streets in Germany.

The city of Dortmund is highly accessible by air, road and rail. Dortmund airport is a medium-sized airport just 13 km east of the city centre. The Ruhrschnellweg connects Dortmund with the other metropolises of the Ruhr Area. For public transportation Dortmund has an efficient commuter railway, underground train and bus system. The main station is one of the largest long distance traffic junctions in Germany.

Dortmund is home of the sports club Borussia Dortmund (BVB), and Germany's largest football stadium with a capacity of almost 83,000 spectators. The low living expenses offer students the opportunity to enjoy manifold amenities even being on a budget.


The School of Spatial Planning

The TU Dortmund University’s Faculty of Spatial Planning is the largest educational institute of its kind in Europe. The faculty is specialised in multi-thematic spatial planning for cities, urban landscapes and regions. We offer students and scientists to visit our institute and join our designated research teams to take part in and/or to perform joint research projects. Research priorities within the faculty include:

• concepts for sustainable spatial planning and development;
• spatial planning in developing countries;
• European planning cultures;
• spatial dimensions of gender studies;
• land use and transport;
• transformation of structural post-industrial regions;
• urban development and qualification of urban design and
• social and environmental urban renewal.

The Bachelor of Spatial Planning is eight terms long (four years) and features an interdisciplinary and comprehensive teaching approach. The Course Master of Spatial Planning (two semesters) allows students to specialise in one area and qualifies for an academic career or a leading position in practice. Possible specialisations are strategic urban and regional development, urban design, real estate management, landscape planning, mobility studies, renewable ener- gies and transformation in post-industrial regions. Only the specialisation ‘Transformation of Post-Industrial Regions‘ is taught in English.
Compared to other planning schools, Dortmund’s characteristic is its practice orientation. It is provided via project work, urban designs and practice oriented seminars. Nevertheless, the School of Spatial Planning provides the students with a sound basis of theoretical knowledge.