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History of IRPUD

With the establishment of the Department of Spatial Planning in 1968, the decision was made to start a joint Research Group for spatial planning. The vision was that the re­search group should be able to function as a "modern re­search unit" (Gründungsvision Institut für Raum­pla­nung; TUDO Archive). The Research Group for Spatial Planning (IRPUD) was supposed to bundle the scientific work of the Department of Spatial Planning in inter­dis­ci­plin­ary re­search projects and create a solid basic re­search in order to be able to base serious spatial planning decisions on a more secure basis (Wegener 2014).

GBIII at South Cam­pus in winter
South Cam­pus with Rudolph Chaudoire Pavilion

In 1974 the IRPUD was founded as the joint scientific Research Group of the Department of Spatial Planning of the Uni­ver­sity of Dort­mund and Klaus Kunzmann was appointed Managing Director and Head of IRPUD. He retained this position until 1993 and had a major influence on the Research Group with his high level of commitment and the aim of establishing spatial planning as a science. In the following years, Heinrich Schoof (1994-1997), Paul Velsinger (1998-2000), Michael Wegener (2000-2002), Hans-Peter Tietz (2003-2005), Hans Heinrich Blotevogel (2005-2009), Dietwald Gruehn (2010) and Stefan Greiving (since 2011) followed.

Today, IRPUD's re­search focuses on spatial risk and climate impacts. Through ex­ten­sive cooperation with local, regional and in­ter­na­tio­nal leading in­sti­tu­ti­ons from different continents, current problems are addressed and evidence base is created (further in­for­mation in the profile). In addition to comprehensive re­search activities (further in­for­mation in the re­search part), the IRPUD is also active in teaching, e.g. within the frame­work of the proj­ect studies, through various semi­nars in all degree programmes of the de­part­ment and with a Research Colloquium beyond that. 

Furthermore, the IRPUD also permanently supports (in cooperation with changing departments) the organisation of the Dort­mund Conference for Spatial and Planning Research, which takes place every two years, and maintain the housing policy cooperations of the de­part­ment. Together with the Department of Urban and Regional Sociology and the NRW. Bank, the IRPUD organises the annual Colloquium on Housing Policy. Two study awards (in cooperation with NRW.BANK and the German Tenants' Association) honour final theses with a connection to housing policy and promote young academics. 

South Cam­pus with the Rudolph Chaudoire Pavilion and the Mensa South
Aerial view Cam­pus South incl. H-Bahn network


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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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