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


We invited undergraduate and graduate students as well as experts from the German Ruhr area and the Rust Belt region in the US to develop innovative solutions to local challenges their cities face. In February 2019 we welcomed...







93 Students

working in

19 Groups


45 Experts


13 Universities


9 Organizations


The student groups and experts jointly work on economic, urban and social ideas to foster a future-oriented development of their 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.

Read more about the winning student projects here. 

Meet our experts and get to know the participating universities. Read more about the project here.

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