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Cooperation "Housing and the City"

Since 2007, IRPUD and the Department of Urban and Regional Sociology (SOZ) at the TU Technical University Dortmund have been cooperating with NRW.BANK with the aim to strenghten the interlinks between research, practice and teaching in the field of housing market and housing policy. The "Housing and the City" cooperation is intended to ensure an exchange of information on current research and its results.


Kick-Off of the Cooperation 2007 © FNWS​/​TU Dortmund
Kick-Off of the cooperation in 2007: Alexandra Hill, Dr. Anja Szypulski, Prof. Dr. Hans H. Blotevogel, Hartmut Miksch

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The cooperation responds flexibly to current problems at the interface of housing policy and urban development, picks them up and contributes to a critical discussion. While demographic developments and their effects were a significant reason for establishing the cooperation, the dynamic developments on German housing markets and the searching for strategists for an adequate supply of housing and neighbourhood development have been in focus more recently:


"Demographic developments lead to fundamental changes at the housing markets and within urban developments, which already become visible in many places and facets. Population shortfalls, vacant housing and the closure of kindergartens are topics in an increasing number of municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia. It can be anticipated that the demographic development will affect various areas of funding and structural policy in the future."


"Rising rents and the resulting tenant protests have put the housing question and housing policy back onto the political agenda. That comes as no surprise, since housing is a basic human need. Housing is located in a field of tension between social and economic goods and is embedded in processes of urban development."


In recent years, a number of cooperation modules have been developed and institutionalised to interlink research, practice and teaching in the fields of housing market and housing policy:

Colloquium on Housing policy list element thumbnail © IRPUD​/​TU Dortmund
The Dortmund Colloquium on Housing Policy

In order to promote the professional exchange between science, municipalities and the housing industry, the Dortmund Colloquium on Housing Policy has been held annually since 2008. The symposium adresses contemporary topics from research and practice and strenghtens the cooperation with relevant key stakeholders (e.g. Mieterverein Dortmund und Umgebung e.V., Wohnen im Revier).

The NRW.BANK. Study Award "Housing and City"
Study Award Housing and the City list element © NRW.BANK​/​IRPUD

Since 2009, the NRW.BANK. Study Award "Housing and the City" has been granted to outstanding final theses in this field of research which are characterised by outstanding academic achievement, outline feasible recommendations for action or contribute to the further development of funding and structural policy concepts in NRW.

Further modes of cooperation

In addition to the institutionalised cooperational activities, further subject-related forms of cooperation have been developed in the past. They made the topic of "housing" accessible to early-stage researchers of the Faculty of Spatial Planning. For instance, a cross-university seminar was conducted together with the Institute of Geography, WWU Münster, a summer school on the topic of "Housing in the Ruhr Area" was offered, and a doctoral and several Deutschlandstipendien were awarded.


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Location & approach

The TU Dort­mund campus is located near the Dort­mund West interchange, where the A45 Sauerland line crosses the B1/A40 Ruhr expressway. The Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dort­mund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. Coming from the A45, you can turn onto Stockumer Straße via Universitätsstraße. This in turn is connected to Baroper Straße, along which Campus South extends. If you take the exit of the A-40, the route via Emil-Figge Straße, Marie-Curie Allee to Baroper Straße makes sense. If you turn from Baroper Straße into August-Schmidt Straße, you have the possibility to reach the parking lot directly behind the GB III.

The South Campus is connected via Stockumerstraße by bus lines 440 and 449, which run every 10 minutes. Campus South can be reached on foot from the Am Gardenkamp stop, and the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station is also located near the Eichlinghofen stop. The bus lines connect to the U42 light rail line at the Barop Parkhaus stop, which provides connections to the Dort­mund-Hombruch district and Dort­mund downtown. 

From Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen, the South Campus is connected to the H-Bahn network via the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station. Line 1 runs here every 10 minutes, and the South Campus is served by the Campus Süd stop. 
A connection to Campus North is also provided via the H-Bahn. Line 2 shuttles between Campus North and Campus South every 5 minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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