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Research project

URBIPROOF - Increasing Resilience of Urban Planning

Project duration: 06/2013 to 05/2015


Cities in Europe and Japan will face various challenges in the future. Some of them being societal (e.g., demographic change) others being hazards and risks. To prepare cities for the future, policies and strategies that are able to enhance their resilience must be established today.

The overall purpose of the URBIPROOF project is to contribute to improving the institutional and societal capacities as well as the concrete urban development strategies and thus making European and Japanese cities more resilient to changes that might endanger their sustainable development. The geographical focus of the project is on urban areas. Consequently, the evaluation of the resilience of urban structures and urban planning strategies is the key component of the project.

Considering the countries' different risk cultures, existing strategies in Japan, Germany and Slovakia will therefore be evaluated. Throughout this process the participating partners will share their knowledge and explore transfer options as well as possibilities for improvement. Based on these findings a new approach for disaster resilient urban planning will be developed and – in cooperation with practitioners – tested in regard to its applicability.

The output of the project will be a handbook on disaster resilient urban planning that combines the previous experiences of all three countries with the newly created knowledge and offers assistance to practitioners. Thus, the handbook will be published in all relevant languages (English, Japanese, German, and Slovakian).

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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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