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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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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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