Our teaching aims to impart an understanding of spatial development processes at the urban and regional levels and of the development and innovation of technical infrastructure systems. We provide an overview of the institutional structure, methods and instruments of spatial and infrastructure planning. The problems involved in sustainable urban and regional development and infrastructure provision, and solutions in planning, are examined using examples taken from national and international cases. Our interdisciplinary approach is designed to suit students of architecture, civil, industrial and environmental engineering, urban studies, geography and the social sciences.
The department offers courses for Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in civil, environmental and industrial engineering, in architecture, and in urban studies, as well as courses which form part of an interdisciplinary degree in the environmental sciences. Lectures and seminars are combined with case studies and individual research. In order to support the practical orientation of our teaching, practicians and guest lecturers are invited to participate and dialogue methods are used (e.g. group projects, short papers, panel discussions) and short excursions to planning institutions are organised. In addition to this, an intensive analysis of current problems, solutions and academic debates in the field of spatial and infrastructure planning takes place, in particular in the research oriented projects and seminars. This enables the students to develop their skills and competencies in academic research so that they can work independently on new themes. At the same time, future planners, architects and engineers can thus acquire essential key communicative competencies for planning in practice (mediation, presentation, project management etc.).