The debate about creating equal living conditions in all regions has gained considerable importance in recent years due to increasing imbalances. The term “supposedly detached regions” comes up especially in the context of discussions about the future of rural areas. Demographic changes (ongoing ageing and shrinkage) and a lack of an “Oberzentrum” also pose special challenges for the municipalities in the Harz region. The lack of accessibility to surrounding “Oberzentren” not only compromises the provision of high-quality services of public interest, but the region also lacks a spatial development focus.
The IMPULS project has set the goal of developing a cooperation model for the mutual fulfillment of functions for the provision of services of general interest with the municipalities of Halberstadt, Wernigerode and Quedlinburg. The cooperation intends to improve and consolidate the cooperation of the participating municipalities in order to ensure the provision of high-quality services of public interest for the entire region. The designation as a “funktionsteiliges Oberzentrum” could also normatively secure the spatial development focus of the region.
On September 9, 2021, the official kick-off event of the IMPULS project took place in the city hall of Halberstadt. In two panel discussions, the strong motivation of the participants to tackle the existing challenges and to form future-oriented cooperation in close collaboration was made clear. The expectations range from improved cooperation between the municipalities of Halberstadt, Wernigerode and Quedlinburg to a regionally coordinated concept for the safeguarding of the provision of services of public interest, to a designation as an “Oberzentrum”. From the scientific point of view, this model region could be the opportunity to establish the first practiced “oberzentrale Funktionsteilung”. Overall, there is a consensus on the region’s outstanding potential to achieve the goals set.
In the next step, an inventory of local and regional stakeholders as well as the spatial distribution of the services of public interest is carried out in coordination with the project partners. Together with existing analyses and based on the basic principles of the division of functions, a SWOT analysis of the existing central provision and development functions in the Harz planning region is carried out and forms the basis for the development of a cooperation model.
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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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