TUL Master Programme

Transformation of urban Lanscapes

City regions worldwide are incorporated into economic, demographic, social and ecological transformation processes which are accompanied by profound functional and structural changes of urban landscapes. This take place in an interplay of planned and unplanned processes. This also comprises selective processes of growth and shrinking as well as re-, sub- or postsuburbanisation processes. Notably postindustrial urban landscapes like the Ruhr Region are faced with special challenges of an integrated and sustainable restructuring. New types of urban landscapes are an essential result of these transformation processes.


Aims of the Master Programme `Transformation of urban Landscapes (TuL)´

As future „agents of the transformation“ the students acquire competences for the future-oriented influencing of the developments in urban landscapes. This means in particular:

Competences in Analysis: The graduates are able to analyse city quarters or other parts of urban landscapes process-oriented and from a multi-perspective. Thereby, they follow a specific theoretical methodology. The social, political, economic, ecological dimensions in connection to their respective cultural imprintings receive a special attention in this relation. The graduates are able to integrate esthetic, identificatory, physical and sensory dimensions which are distincted individually or  group-specifically in their analysis. The graduates therefore acquire understanding and recessed knowledge about the decisive system connections, in which the transformation processes of the urban landscapes are integrated  (system and process knowledge).

Competences in Planning and Governance: The graduates are proficient with the advantages and disadvantages of instruments and formal and informal procedures. They know how problematic situations and challenges can be handled from the quarter level up to the regional level by concerted planning action (strategy and transformation knowledge). 

Competences in interculturalism: The graduates have intercultural competence which is based on the respectively one-year studies stays at the Ruhr University of Bochum and at Tongji university in Shanghai. This is promoted by a consistent international composition (Sino-German) of the studying group.This specific intercultural comparative perspective of transformation processes will find their way into the teaching events.


Potential fields of work

The double degree master programme `Transformation of urban Landscapes´ recognises itself as a `school of thought´ for graduates who will work in national and international environments. Planning offices/Consulting companies, municipal and regional planning offices and facilities of the development cooperation are conceivable here. The central task for the graduates could therefore be the preparation of multi-perspective reports to parts of urban landscapes. Furthermore, the elaboration of development and transformation concepts and strategies and the execution and the companionship
of a strategic planning is another important field of work. It must be stressed that the study programme does not aim at traditional professional fields of architecture or civil engineering. Especially in Germany, these are occupational fields under strict regulations. [more information]