Summer Semester 2019

 

DOWNTOWN + TRADE

Plakat

How can a reactivation of the city center succeed?


Downtowns were and are the central places of commerce. Under the motto "retail in transition," the retail sector is currently undergoing a veritable revolution that is leaving its visible mark on our city centers. Digitization, demographic change and changes in customers' purchasing and mobility behavior are having a serious impact on the role and strategies of stationary retail. According to experts, 20 percent of retail sales will already be made online by 2020.

The changes in retail have a direct impact on the functionality, shape and attractiveness of the city center. In recent years, two divergent trends have shaped the inner cities: on the one hand, shopping malls and shopping centers are taking up more and more inner-city space; on the other hand, virtual commerce on the Internet is making local stores redundant or leading to serious vacancies.

The Urban Planning Colloquium wants to focus on the changes and challenges in retail and ask related questions about the future of inner cities:

What spatial impact does digitalization have on retail? What can preventive concepts for the impending vacancy look like? What experience can be gained from best-practice projects from Germany and abroad? What can urban planning concepts and new usage alliances achieve in dealing with vacant first floors in the city center? The Urban Planning Colloquium will address these questions and develop strategies for dealing with vacancies.

 

Does the city still need trade?

Vorträge

Dr. Hanna Hinrichs
StadtBauKultur NRW
> Mischung durch Umbau – Ideen für neues Lebens in Einkaufsstraßen

Hans Hoorn
Berater Raumqualität Maastricht
> Wie die Attraktivität einer Stadt gefördert werden kann

Kommentatoren

Dieter Begaß, Fachbereich Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Europa der Stadt Aachen (zugesagt)
Jens Imorde, IMORDE Projekt- & Kulturberatung GmbH Münster (zugesagt)
Hans-Dieter Collinet, aachen_fenster, Aachen

Moderation

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Christa Reicher, RWTH Aachen

Veranstaltungsort

Foyer Reiff Museum | Schinkelstraße 1 | 52062 Aachen

 

What will shopping look like in the future?

Vorträge

Jörg Hamel
Geschäftsführer des Handelsverbandes Aachen-Düren-Köln
> Vom Bedeutungswandel des Handels

Patricia Yasmine Graf
HOTEL TOTAL Kreativ- und Eventagentur, Aachen
> Zukunft Total – Only the brave

Kommentatoren

Hartmut Hoferichter, Stadtdirektor Stadt Solingen
Prof. Alfred Hirsch, Universität Witten/Herdecke
N.N. Vertreter der Politik (angefragt)

Moderation

Prof. Dr. Stefan Siedentop, ILS Dortmund

Veranstaltungsort

Foyer Reiff Museum | Schinkelstraße 1 | 52062 Aachen

 

What is the future of the first floor in the city center?

Vorträge

Martin Hesik
Seestadt Aspern Wien
> Die gemanagte Einkaufsstraße in der Seestadt

Rolf Junker
Junker + Kruse, Büro für Stadtforschung und Planung, Dortmund
> Neue Perspektiven für Geschäftsstraßen

Kommentatoren

Jörg Beste, Geschäftsführer Architekturforum Rheinland, Köln
Ulrich Cloos, Leiter Stadtmarketing Krefeld
Achim Flögel, Einzelhändler Aachen

Moderation

Barbara Thüer, Netzwerk Innenstadt NRW

Veranstaltungsort

Foyer Reiff Museum | Schinkelstraße 1 | 52062 Aachen