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LODE_PORT – International Excellence School of Innovative Approaches in Regeneration Planning and Design of Low Density Urbanized Polycentric Regions in Transformation

The Academy program offers an integrated introduction to German and international students of interdisciplinary planning into the current regional, urban and landscape planning and governance policy themes structures within large urbanized regions. The main topics deal with regional and urban design and management policy of physical regeneration of urban and suburban areas with differing dynamics of growth and/or shrinking, brownfield regeneration and the integration of landscape into the urban landscape through its activation for new forms of local urban and suburban life within the last three decades. A special emphasis is put on planning tools and the management of post-industrial transformation and its current developments and formats. The students learn about the state of art of the integrative approach of the scientific and analytic background, a stakeholder-oriented communicative planning and the specific practical urban structure analysis. Furthermore, they gain an impression of tasks of spatial design and will discuss and develop planning principles for sustainable management of Low Density Urbanized Polycentric Regions.

The program is co-developed together with our national and international partners and the participating students in mixed project teams.

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LODE_PORT Academies:

2017 LODE_PORT    Resilient Land Use Development: Housing, Crafts and Industry in Cultural Landscapes, Kyoto

2015 LODE_PORT    Dortmund Nordwärts: How to Leverage Economic Growth from Spatial Projects?. Dortmund, Ruhr

2014 LODE_PORT    Adjustment of Settlement Areas under Demoographic Change, Kansai

2012 LODE_PORT    Water Cross Castrop-Rauxel. Dortmund, Castrop-Rauxel, Ruhr

2011 LODE_PORT    Campus, City, Region: Towards Connections between City and University, Osaka

2010 LODE_PORT    Summer School MetropoleRuhr.2010, Dortmund, Ruhr


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Home Base:
Department of Urban Design and Land Use Planning
Faculty of Sptial Planning
TU Dortmund University


LODE_PORT partners in last years:
City of Dortmund
City of Castrop-Rauxel
Ruhr Regional Planning Association
Ministry of Industry & Innovation NRW
ILS Research Institute for regional and Suburban Development
Osaka University
Kyoto University
Meiji University