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Urban design and development in different societal and spacial contexts is a great challenge. It is relevant not only in the practice of communal planning, but also in research as well as education at universities. The worldwide urbanization is only one of the factors cities today must be put in an international context, understanding global coherence and responsibilities.
The cities around the world offer an extensive portfolio of differentiating problems and solutions that ought to be explored, investigated and evaluated.

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Greetings from Tel Aviv

As part of our cooperative urban design studio “Manshiya-Heterotopias”, students from the Chair for International Urban Planning and the Institute for Transport Studies are taking part in an eight days excursion to Tel Aviv, Israel. Besides exploring the design site, we meet local urban and mobility planners, architects, urban activists, and NGO representatives. Amongst others, we discussed current urban renewal projects in the city with local players, like the recent opening of the first light train line in the city, and the gentrification of slums neighborhoods. We are gathering first-hand information and formulating an overview of the planning complexity that can be sensed currently in almost every corner of this multifaceted city on the Mediterranean shore.

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Coming soon ...

Large Housing Estates under Socialism

The book „Large Housing Estates under Socialism“ by Barbara Engel and Nikolas Rogge is available soon. Harnessing large urban housing estates in former socialist countries as a resource for the future housing supply requires innovative and practicable strategies and concepts. The contributors present experiences and perspectives from different disciplines on sustainable development of mass housing districts, both in academia and practice.

Stegreif City Concepting

Unser Stegreif im Sommersemester: City concepting in 3 minutes

Überzeugende Entwürfe brauchen keine langen Erläuterungen, sondern lassen sich im Kern kurz und prägnant in Skizzenform und mit wenigen Worten erklären. Für die Überzeugung der Mitglieder des Planungsausschusses haben Sie genau 5 Karteikarten Platz und 3 Minuten Zeit.

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Congratulations to our successful Graduate!

We congratulate Frederik Johann on a very successful master's degree! His thesis "City and Water - Concepts for a Resilient Neighborhood in Paris" addresses the highly relevant issue of increasing heavy rainfall events and their consequences for sealed urban spaces. He has analysed flood protection concepts in various cities and, based on this, developed solutions for water-resilient neighborhoods. In Ivry-sur-Seine he finds a very subtle, natural-looking way of dealing with the existing buildings. There are innovative symbioses of different uses and unexpected experiences of special landscapes. The work is not only a valuable contribution to building on the water and with the water, but also to continue to build, to sensibly rebuild, and supplement existing neighborhoods - a contribution to sustainable urban development that is not only water-resistant but also armed against other crises.

Metropol.x_Kyiv is published!

The booklet is the result of a seminar, which took place in the "Remote Lab of Urban Planning“, elaborated by students of the Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture. It focuses on different facets of the Ukrainian capital in times of crisis. Now available at our chair during opening hours!

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Midterm Reviews of the Remote Lab of Urban PlanningAnna Kocherhina und Oleksandra Kravtsova
Midterm Reviews of the Remote Lab of Urban Planning

On April 14, the midterm reviews of the Remote Lab of Urban Planning "Built Heritage“ took place. It is the second online lab that ISTB is conducting together with colleagues from our partner university, the Odessa State Academy of Engineering and Architecture, funded by the DAAD. This year, the online lab deals with architectural heritage and the questions of sustainable further development. Presented and discussed were maps of the seminar „Metropol.x_Lviv" and analyses and conceptional approaches of the design studio in Odessa. Thanks to all participants and especially to the students for their great engagement!

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Manshiya-Heterotopias Excursion to Tel Aviv

An online event with further information regarding the planned excursion to Tel Aviv will be held today, Tuesday, April 11th, at 6:00 PM. All interested are invited to join.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Website under construction

Over the next couple of weeks you will see some changes around the website as we are rearranging our content. While we are trying to make those changes unnoticeable in the backend, we want to apologize in advance if you have trouble finding what you are looking for. Thank you for your patience!

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Herzlich Willkommen im SS 2023!

Herzlich Willkommen zum Semesterstart des Sommersemesters 2023 - Wir wünschen allen Studierenden eine guten Start ins neue Semester und freuen uns auf eure Entwürfe, neue Impulse und Ideen sowie einen spannenden Austausch mit euch!

Lehrveranstaltungen Sommersemester 2023
Course program summer semester 23 now online

The courses for the upcoming semesters are online as of today. Here you can view the scheduled events and find the link to the corresponding Ilias course content.

PhD School „Heritage at Home“

PhD School „Heritage at Home“, taking place September 26-30. online. The conference discusses interdisciplinary perspectives on the heritage of residential disctricts in the post-socialist / Soviet cities.

Metropol.X: Kyiv

The booklet is the result of a seminar, which took place in the "Remote Lab of Urban Planning“, elaborated by students of the Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture. It focuses on different facets of the Ukrainian capital in times of crisis. Now available at our chair during opening hours!

Metropol. X Tel Aviv
Metropol. X Tel Aviv

Tel Avis’s development presents a multifaceted story: This booklet examines the different urban layers of the city and the way they reflect the social, cultural, and economic structure of Israeli society in one of the most expensive cities to live in.

Now available at our institute!

Metropol.X: Daegu

Daegu ist nach nach Seoul, Incheon und Busan die viertgrößte Stadt Südkoreas. Sie liegt im Südosten des Landes und hat über 2,5 Millionen Einwohner. Dageu wurde historisch als „Apple City“ oder „Textile City“ bezeichnet ...