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Research project

ZUKUR - Zukunft-Stadt-Region-Ruhr

Project duration: 06/2017 to 06/2020


Impacts of climate change are noticeably intensifying in Germany and all over the world, especially extreme weather events such as river floods, flash floods and heat waves. Extreme weather events affect our society and the environment we live in. But not only climatic changes, also environmental influences, like pollutant emission (air or noise for example), impair our cities and their residents. In consequence, cities and infrastructure as well as environmental and social systems need to be adapted to the current and future climatic situation.

The overall aim of the project ZUKUR (Zukunft-Stadt-Region-Ruhr) is to increase climate resilience and to reduce socio-ecological inequalities. A living lab approach will help to identify existing and potential future challenges on regional, city and district level and is used to draw strategies on handling future climate impacts and socio-economic inequalities. Besides TU Dortmund University, which is involved as scientific project partner with 10 chairs from the Department of Spatial Planning, the following project partners from planning practice are involved in ZUKUR: The Regional Association Ruhr (on regional level), the City of Bottrop (on city level) and Dortmund Marten (on district level).

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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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