Welcome to the Chair for Spatial and Infrastructure Planning!
Cities and regions are in transition. They keep changing their built environment and social structures, they are growing, shrinking, are being exposed to a growing locational competition, are increasingly integrated into new national and international networks. And, they are faced with novel ecological risks and global environmental changes. These fundamental transformations of cities and regions, but also their momentum and path dependency are mediated by technical infrastructure systems like energy, water, sanitation, waste or telecommunication systems. These systems do not only have a large impact on architecture and the built environment, but on the sustainability of urban and regional development in manifold ways. Vice versa, these technical systems themselves significantly depend on urban and regional conditions, such as the settlement structure, local system builders in the utilities, in public policy and administration, in research and technology development, in the private sectors and in civil society.
These urban and regional processes of change, the restructuring of urban infrastructures and new forms of urban and regional governance are the key focus of our teaching and research. The Chair for Spatial and Infrastructure Planning, which was established in March of 2009, is equally integrated into the Faculty of Architecture and the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodesy. It is our ambition to introduce perspectives of public policy and planning into both faculties, to deal with problems arising from sustainable spatial and infrastructure development and to provide scientific knowledge towards the development of planning strategies. Our chair focuses on the following issues:
- How do technical infrastructure systems co-evolve with cities and regions and how do they change in different spatial environments? How can we characterize the urban political ecology of these infrastructures? How can urban and regional politics and planning contribute to a sustainable innovation of these socio-technical systems?
- How do cities and regions change in different national and international contexts? Which forms of planning and governance can contribute to the sustainable urban and regional development in which ways?
- Which new challenges on spatial and infrastructure planning arise from global environmental changes, such as climate mitigation, climate adaptation or flood prevention?