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Autumn School Ruhr `Introduction into the Transformation of Urban Landscapes in the Metropolitan Region Ruhr’ (INTuL Ruhr)
Module number:
170 201
5 CP
1st term RUB students,
3rd term Tongji students
1 week
Kind of course:
Autumn School/ compact course
Contact hours:
40 hours
110 hours
Number of participiants:
Preconditions to participate:

Learning outcome:

Knowledge: The students have gained insight into the development paths of the urban cultural landscape Ruhr. They know about the dimension of landscape perception based on the landscape model of Backhaus et al., and have identified the driving forces and processes of landscape transformation, the key actors and actor networks, the respective objectives, strategies and activities as well as their spatial outcome.

Competences: On the basis of exemplary projects of urban landscape transformation in the metropolitan region Ruhr they are able to point out the meaning of different dimensions of scale and location factors, the variations of themes and perspectives as well as methods and instruments of planning which have been adopted.

Skills: The students are trained to discuss their impressions in an intercultural and interdisciplinary group and work together in the preparation of posters for the workshop.


Using the metropolitan region Ruhr as an example the course will focus on the following topics:

  • Urban landscapes as hybrid cultural landscapes
  • Driving forces and dimensions of change: economy, society, ecology, culture
  • Shaping urban landscapes: actors, objectives, strategies, methods, instruments, projects
  • Examples of landscape transformation: redevelopment of brownfields, waterfront development, inner city renaissance, changes in urban housing, open space development, landscape parks etc.
Teaching methods:
lectures, excursions, field work, discussion rounds, expert interviews, and a concluding workshop
Mode of assessment:
contributions to discussions, field work and presentation of the results in the final workshop, written report about selected topics of the course or poster presentation
Conditions for granting credit points:
individually written report or poster presentation
Weight of the mark for the final score:
The weight of the mark equals the CP of the module.
Person in charge of the module:
Teaching Staff:
Other information:
Every year the autumn school will take place during the week prior to the winter semester.