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Research project

RESI-extrem - Resilience Building after Extreme Events: Lessons Learned and New Strategies for Cities in Dealing with Ubiquitous Extreme Events

Project duration: 08/2017 to 07/2020


The RESI-extrem project addresses a problem that has not been adequately illustrated in the current research and practice of urban development. The main question of the RESI-extrem project is how, despite the apparent unpredictability of spatially ubiquitous occurring extreme events (e.g. heavy rainfalls), spatial planning and urban development can nevertheless promote prevention and protection concepts for climate-resilient development. In contrast to researches which primarily focus on a better characterization of extreme events, the project RESI-extrem aims at the systematization of lessons learned from past extreme events, which particularly hit cities of small and medium size. The integrated urban development is regarded as a central field of action for climate-resilient cities. Within the framework of RESI-extrem the cities of Schwäbisch Gmünd (Baden-Wuerttemberg) and Olfen (North Rhine-Westphalia), which have recently been hit by extreme events, are developing approaches for a new prototype or toolbox of an integrated urban development concept (city center) and an urban development concept (district). These will then be pilot-operated implemented and tested.


The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

The project management agency is the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR)

Project Partners:

  • Universität Stuttgart, Institut für Raumordnung und Entwicklungsplanung (IREUS)
  • Technische Universität Dortmund, Institut für Raumplanung (IRPUD)
  • Plan und Praxis GbR, Berlin (P+P)
  • Stadt Olfen
  • Stadt Schwäbisch Gmünd

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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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