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Department of Spatial Planning

BMBF project "MOSAIK: Demographic Change and Neighbourhood Development - Model Strategies for Integrated and Culturally Sensitive Portfolio Development"

Colorful front door photo © Christian Lamker

With "MOSAIK: Demographic Change and Neighbourhood Development", a three-year project on integrated and culturally sensitive stock development in neighbourhoods will start at the Faculty of Spatial Planning in March 2017.

The joint project successfully applied for by the departments of spatial planning and planning theory, urban and regional sociology and the city of Remscheid within the framework of the BMBF research programme "Kommunen innovativ" ( investigates the question of how heterogeneous urban neighbourhoods function under today's conditions.

The aim is to gain a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that have so far led to low-conflict coexistence in neighbourhoods with heterogeneous groups of residents, in order to develop model strategies for integrated and culturally sensitive stock development in such neighbourhoods on this basis.

The study area is the city of Remscheid. The city in the Bergisches Land is characterised by the extraordinary heterogeneity of its population, which has so far led to remarkably few social or cultural conflicts. This situation makes the city an ideal real laboratory for the development of model strategies for integrated and culturally sensitive stock development in the context of demographic change.

Since the latter has very different effects on small areas, the research project focuses on the urban neighbourhoods of Hasenberg, Hohenhagen, Honsberg and Rosenhügel. The common feature of these neighbourhoods, which are structured differently in terms of morphology, urban planning and socio-economic factors, is the heterogeneity of the resident groups.

Within the framework of the research project, key actors and networks will be identified and analysed with regard to their role and significance for living together in the selected neighbourhoods. The focus will be on the interplay between state, municipal, private and civil society actors and their interactions with the neighbourhood population. Based on this, strategies for type-appropriate neighbourhood development are generated together with the local actors and their exemplary implementation is accompanied.

Project management: Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wiechmann
Project coordinator: Dipl.-Geogr. Dennis Hardt
Project processing: Dr. Thomas Terfrüchte und Dipl.- Ing. Viola Schulze Dieckho



Prof. Dr. habil. Thorsten Wiechmann
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Dipl.-Geogr. Dennis Hardt

Dr. Thomas Terfrüchte
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Dipl.-Ing. Viola Schulze Dieckhoff
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Duration of the project:
01.03.2017 to 29.02.2020

Location & approach

The campus of the Technical University of Dortmund is located near the freeway junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerland line A45 crosses the Ruhr expressway B1/A40. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. The university is signposted at both exits.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. In addition, the university can be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr transport association, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.

One of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund is the H-Bahn. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.

From Dortmund Airport, the AirportExpress takes just over 20 minutes to Dortmund Central Station and from there to the university by S-Bahn. A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university's train station.