Welcome to The Future of My City.

The Future of My City is an intercultural student project with the aim to promote the cultural exchange of students from the Ruhr Area in Germany and the Rust Belt Area in the United States. It was established as a part of the Year of German-American Friendship (Deutschlandjahr USA). Read more about the project here.

Ruhr Area


Rust Belt


Research Overview


Student Projects


Would you like to be an active part of the future of your city in the German Ruhr Area or the Rust Belt Region in the USA?

We invite you, undergraduate and graduate students as well as experts, to develop innovative solutions to local challenges your cities face. You will jointly work on economic, urban and social ideas to foster a future-oriented development of your city.



Ultimately, the two most innovative projects will be awarded with a trip to the counter region in order to meet the other teams and experts, exchange ideas and get to know the Ruhr Area in Germany or the region of the American Rust Belt.

Students and experts can register to participate here.
Registration is open for groups and individuals alike until January 28, 2019.

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