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Department of Spatial Planning
ARL Working group

Planning theories - status and perspectives

Since its beginnings in the 1960s, the planning discipline has developed into a relevant science in research, teaching and practice. Proximity to application combined with a traditionally rather low interest in theory, disciplinary diversity of the basic sciences and a lack of independent paradigmisation to this day have repeatedly led to accusations of eclecticism and a lack of a common theoretical core in the past. In this context, the procedural planning theories developed in the past decades nevertheless have an important function: the profession's understanding of itself. However, in the German-speaking world, there has been a lack of a current stocktaking of the international state of discussion on planning theory, which could form a basis for further professional discourse.

Under the leadership of Prof. Wiechmann, the ARL working group "Planning Theories - Status and Perspectives" has set itself the task of taking stock of the current state of international discussion on selected discourses in planning theory. By reflecting on these discourses and identifying deficits in the debate to date as well as open research questions, a basis for further specialist discourses is to be formed. In this way, the working group aims to contribute to the conceptual debate in the planning sciences.

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.