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- UROP International
- Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Geography
- Organisation unit:
- Chair of Landscape Architecture
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- Desk Top Publishing
The metropolitan area of Cologne is expecting an increase in population. New living space is urgently needed and meanwhile farmers and the regional food production suffer from the endeavors for housing estates. Urban sprawl, a transformation of the regional landscape and the damage of fertile soil are consequences. The research project “Nachwuchs” (Grow!) aims to formulate a future scenario for the metropolitan area of Cologne and to find innovative solutions for its sustainable development. The project associates various research interests such as the reduction of land consumption by future settlements, the preservation of open spaces, the spatial superposition of agriculture and local recreation and new possibilities of citizen participation in agrarian and urban land use (urban gardening). Researchers, local municipalities and the local agriculture are working together to design a “Garden City of the 21st century” having a prototypical character for other metropolitan areas.
We call for North-American students to collect, describe and evaluate case studies of sustainable building initiatives for new settlements worldwide. Best practice building initiatives should be identified and analyzed concerning their structure and possible combination with sustainable agrarian systems. Synergetic effects arising from it should be named. The research will be mainly based on literature and online research, which needs to be systematically documented. Besides the UROP colloquium, the results should be presented to the transdisciplinary research team of “Nachwuchs”.
- Interest in urban planning and sustainable development