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ZUKUR - Future - Town - Region - Ruhr (2017-20)

Goal of the ZUKUR project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is the development of contributions to improve climate reslience and socio-ecological justice within the Ruhr region on regional, urban, and quarter level.

The project is co-ordinated by Prof. Dr. Greiving (IRPUD). 10 departments of the School of Spatial Planning at TU Dortmund University are involved in the project. In addition, involved partners from practice are Ruhr Regional Association, the city of Bottrop, and the quarter Marten within the city of Dortmund.

The chair of Landscape Ecology and Landscape Planning (MSc. Kristina Ohlmeyer & Prof. Dr. Dietwald Gruehn) is - among others - responsible for work package 7.1 (Development of Measures) und 7.3 (Scientific Evaluation of Measures).

The PLIQ (Planning Education for Iraq) project was launched in August 2009.
It is based on an academic cooperation between the German and Iraqi governments from February 2009 and is part of the DAAD-funded programme "Strategic Academic Partnership with Iraq".

The Faculty of Spatial Planning of the TU Dortmund was commissioned to develop teaching content and research concepts in the field of spatial planning and to implement them in Iraqi universities. Since 2014 the project is located at the chair LLP (project coordinator: Dr. Hasan Sinemillioglu; project manager: Prof. Dr. Dietwald Gruehn).

With the expertise developed over decades, the Iraqi universities in Baghdad, Diyala, Dohuk and Mosul were supported in setting up a spatial planning course. The bachelor's programme "Urban and Regional Planning" founded for this purpose was developed in the first phase (2009 - 2011) and introduced at the universities.

The special feature of the Bachelor's programme is that its structure is strongly oriented towards the Dortmund model of spatial planning. In addition to seminars and lectures in which the basics of theory and methodology are taught, a further focus is on practical-oriented services such as workshops and projects. Communication is very intensive and visits to the region take place regularly to ensure an exchange of expertise. In 2017, the first students at the University of Dohuk were able to celebrate their successful completion of their bachelor's degree in "Urban and Regional Planning".

Symposium on Planning Challenges and Planning Education in Iraq

In January of 2018, TU Dortmund Hosted a Symposium on Challenges and Advances in Spatial Planning in Iraq.  Learn more about the 2018 Symposium via our Opens external link in new windowFacebook page or from our symposium summary documents on Migration and Urban Housing, Initiates file downloadThe Urban and Rural Divide,Initiates file download Infrastructure and Settlement Development, and Initiates file downloadHow Can Spatial Planning Address the Challenges of the Country?

Acoustic Quality and Health in Urban Regions

How Sounds Affect Us

by Isabell Hilpert | 08/22/2018

Sound has been a topic of urban development for years. In the context of health research, however, it has so far been limited to the risk factor "noise." Soundscapes, on the other hand, encompass all audible sounds: natural, human, technical and musical and are augmented by the spatial and temporal symphony of an urban environment. In a project funded by MERCUR, the Centre for Urban Epidemiology at the University Hospital of Essen and the Technical University of Dortmund are analysing how soundscapes and health in the Ruhr area are connected.

Cars, trains, airplanes: Motorised traffic is a major source of noise. The fact that it can cause illness - an increased risk of stroke or heart attack is assumed - is investigated in many studies. However, little attention is paid to the effects of other noises or sounds. It would be important to know what effects lesser studied, but equally as prevelant sounds have on humans in order to be able to plan healthier urban human habitats in the future.

Development of an urban soundscapes database
This is where the study by the Ruhr Area researchers comes in: Their aim is to typify the urban soundscape and to analyse the health context. This aim will result in one of the largest multi-seasonal urban soundscapes data sets ever assembled

The soundscape results will be merged with existing data from the population-based Heinz Nixdorf Recall (HNR) study, a long-term study of people's health in the Ruhr area and urban risk factors, as well as spatial social and environmental data.

Sound measurements in Bochum
"We plan to perform and categorize extensive time- and space-related sound measurements. In addition, test persons are asked about their preferences for soundscapes. The areas under investigation are districts of Bochum, since a wide range of health and social data from the HNR study are available at a high spatial resolution," said Prof. Dr. Susanne Moebus, head of the Centre for Urban Epidemiology at the University Hospital Essen.

"The interdisciplinary research of complex interrelationships of health-related influences in a metropolitan region has yielded numerous new results. They make a lasting contribution to the overall development of the city and health," says Prof. Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Faculty of Spatial Planning at the Technical University of Dortmund.

With the support of the project, MERCUR wants to help to establish the targeted research area' Healthy Urban Soundcapes'. This will strengthen the interdisciplinary competence field 'Metropolitan Research' of the Ruhr University Alliance.

Further information: Isabell Hilpert, Communications Manager Mercator Research Center Ruhr, Tel. 0201/616 965 11, isabell.hilpert@mercur-research.de


Global Change Impact Assessments of Land Use Systems in the Xinjiang Region Using multi-objective Techniques (GLUS)

Main aim of this project, funded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is to develop and transfer knowledge between LLP and XIEG in the field of Global Change Impact Assessments in regard to land use systems. It will focus on the use of multi-objective techniques to assess the effect of land use systems on water management and desertification in the Xinjiang Region. There is a pressing need to assess these impacts and to develop effective planning schemes to ensure the maintenance of environmental goods and services (e.g. the supply of drinking water) in this region.

This Project aims at promoting the cooperation in research between the partners and to develop further research applications for the programs mentioned above by solving problems highlighted by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the World Water Assessment Program (WWAP).