Winter Semester 2019/20


Knowledge creates city

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In the transition from an industrial to a knowledge society, knowledge is becoming increasingly important as a "new raw material" for life in cities. Universities, educational and research institutions are becoming magnets for talent, at the same time promoting creativity and innovation. Against this background, one's gaze involuntarily turns to the spatial alliance of university and city: the university has been inextricably linked to the city since its emergence in the Middle Ages, although cities as well as universities have undergone serious changes since then. The perception of the university and college as the ivory tower of knowledge and higher education has fundamentally changed since World War II and the period of "educational expansion" and university start-ups in the 1960s and 1970s. Today, the synergies between city and university have long been incorporated into the many strategies of urban development. Universities can demonstrably increase the attractiveness of a city and a region. Many cities are taking advantage of this realization when drawing up master plans to strengthen the contribution of universities to the city's identity.

Universities and colleges also play a major role in cities and regions as an economic factor: as employers due to the purchasing power of students and university staff, or because they provide a highly qualified workforce.

At the same time, education and knowledge are considered the central foundation of our society. This insight into the "learning society" is increasingly finding its way into the debate on the design of educational facilities - from daycare centers and schools to university buildings. Space, knowledge and pedagogy enter into an inseparable symbiosis.

The Urban Planning Colloquium wants to focus on the role of the university as a driver of urban development and ask related questions about the interaction of knowledge and the city: What synergy effects between educational and research institutions can be identified? How can the increased living requirements of students, researchers and teachers be answered spatially? ... The Urban Planning Colloquium aims to address these questions and to promote strategies for new alliances between knowledge and the city.


From "ivory tower" to knowledge city

Di., 05.11.2019, 18:00 - Vom „Elfenbeinturm“ zur Wissensstadt


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Ulrich Rüdiger
Rektor der RWTH Aachen
> Vom Verständnis der Wissensstadt Aachen

Prof. Carl Zillich
Kuratorischer Leiter Internationale Bauausstellung Heidelberg
> Wissen I schafft I Stadt in Heidelberg


Prof. Dr. Carmen Leicht-Scholten, Social Incubator RWTH
Hans-Dieter Collinet,aachen_fenster, Aachen
Peter Gronostaj, Stadt Aachen


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


Concepts for the knowledge city of tomorrow

Di., 10.12.2019, 18:30 - Konzepte für die Wissensstadt von morgen


Prof. Dr. Thorsten Erl
Universität Siegen
> UniverCity – Visionen für die Universität im 21. Jahrhundert am Beispiel an Stuttgart und Siegen

Dr. Klaus Feuerborn
Geschäftsführer RWTH Aachen Campus GmbH
> Campus West als Trittstein zur Innenstadt


Prof. Dr. Suntje Schmidt, IRS Erkner
Marc Gschlössl, AStA RWTH Aachen


Prof. Dr. Stefan Siedentop, ILS Dortmund


Hörsaalgebäude HKW1, Wüllnerstraße 1, 52062 Aachen


Knowledge-based urban development

Di., 14.01.2020, 18:30 - Wissensbasierte Stadtentwicklung


Eckart Kröck
Leiter des Amtes für Stadtplanung und Wohnen, Bochum
> Masterplan für die Universitätsstadt Bochum

Ute Schneider
Partnerin KCAP Zürich
> Science City: Vision und Masterplan für ETH Zürich – Campus Hönggerberg 2040


Frauke Burgdorff, Baudezernentin Aachen
Prof. Paul Thomes, RWTH Aachen


Jens Imorde, Netzwerk Innenstadt NRW, Münster


Hörsaalgebäude HKW1 | Wüllnerstraße 1 | 52062 Aachen