May 22.2018 – May 25.2018 Bochum/Germany

Summer School 2018

Structural Change and Brownfield Recycling in Germany

During the sessions identified below, first a subject expert will give an introduction (20 min.), then a German student and an U.S.- student will provide comments (each 10 to 15 min.) followed by a general discussion (30-45 min.).

Tuesday, May 22: Urban Development in global and regional perspectives

09-10 : Kick-Off
10-13 : Session I
The Ruhr Metropolitan Area, a Survey. Michael Schwarze-Rhodrian, Regional Association Ruhr (asked)
Urban development in a global environmental-economic perspective. Prof. Dr. Reimund Schwarze, UFZ

13-14 : Lunch break
14-17 : Session II
Structural Change in the Ruhr-Region, 1960 – 2017. Prof. Dr. Rolf Heyer, WEG/Ruhr University Bochum
Brownfield Recycling in Germany and Northrhine-Westfalia, Instruments and Results. Prof. Dr. Rolf Heyer


Wednesday, May 23: Structural Change and Brownfield Recycling in Bochum 

09-17 : Excursion by bus
City West with Jahrhunderthalle; from Graetz (TV-production) via Nokia (mobile phone production) to logistics; former coal mine Lothringen, new industrial parks; from coal mine Dannebaum via Opel (car production) to Mark 51°7; University campus Querenburg with technology and health science campus.


Thursday, May 24: Urban land management

09-13 : Session III
Tourism, Culture and Recreation, New Industries in Old Buildings. Andreas Kuchajda, Bochumer Veranstaltungsgesellschaft.
No more than 30 ha per day ! Strategies, instruments and results. Detlef Grimski, UBA.

13-14 : Lunch break
14-16 : Session IV
Residential Reuse of Former Industrial Sites? Prof. Dr. Rolf Heyer, WEG/RUB
Investors and Brownfields. Stephan Bartke, UFZ

16-17 : Discussion


Friday, May 25: Regional Projects / From Steel to Housing and New industries 

09-19 : Excursion by bus: Regional Projects
From Steel to Housing and New industries: Phoenix in Dortmund; a new district for Gelsenkirchen : Graf Bismarck; World Heritage : Zeche Zollverein in Essen; The park of the 21st Century : Landschaftspark Park Duisburg; Inner Harbor, Duisburg.



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How to participate

Fees and US student exchange support

Participation in the summer school is free of charge. A limited budget is available from the Building the City of Tomorrow project, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), to support summer school participation of U.S. students and young professionals. Travel reimbursements will be available for up to 6 eligible U.S. resident students. Reimbursement will include economy class roundtrip ticket from the U.S. to Germany, transportation to and from the airports, and accommodation in Bochum. Costs will be reimbursed according to the regulations oft the German Travel Expenses Act (BRKG).




Summer School 2018 Application Form

It´s very simple. Enter your information below and please upload a letter of motivation, of no more than 500 words. By latest March 15, 2018. We will inform the applicants by March 30, 2018.


Highest level of education*