Urban Development

Urban Development

Energy Efficient Cities

Ruhr Area

Innovation City Bottrop

Rust Belt

PUSH Buffalo Initiative


Green Revolution

Ruhr Area

From ‘EU Smart City’: Essen, Germany – Blueprint turning green
Research: CLEVER Co-designing locally tailored ecological solutions for value
added, socially inclusive regeneration in Cities, Dr. Moebus
Report: 'Essen - Green Capital of Europe', by Wuppertal Institute, University Alliance Ruhr

Rust Belt

Rust2Green Initiative


Reuse and Development of Former Industrial Sites and Infrastucture

Ruhr Area

UNESCO Weltkulturerbe Zollverein in Essen

Emscher 3.0 — on the way to ‘blue infrastructures’

Rust Belt

Redevelopment of Mill 19, Almono


Smart City Development

Ruhr Area

Smart City Ruhr - Metropole Ruhr Campaign
Allianz Smart City Dortmund

Rust Belt

Smart PHG Initiative 


The Challenge of Shrinking Cities

Shrinking Cities: International Perspectives and Policy Implications, Routledge Advances in Geography, Pallagst, K.; Wiechmann, Th.; Martinez, C. (Hg.) (2013), Vol. 8, New York

Responding to Tough Times: Policy and Planning Strategies in Shrinking CitiesWiechmann, Th.; Bontje, M. (2015), in: European Planning Studies, Vol. 23, Issue 1, S. 1 - 11

Urban Shrinkage in Germany and the USA – A Comparison of Transformation Patterns and Local Strategies, Wiechmann, Th.; Pallagst, K. (2012), in: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Vol. 36, Issue 2, S. 261 – 280

Urban growth and decline: Europe’s shrinking cities in a comparative perspective 1990–2010, Wolff, M.; Wiechmann, Th. (2017), in: European Urban and Regional Studies, online first, published date: March-19-2017


Urban Resilience

Two Cities, One Storm: A Comparative Analysis of Post- Sandy Resiliency Planning in Hoboken and Jersey CityMirescu, A.; Bellomi, O.; Adhikari, S.;A 2015 Report on the Patterns of Disaster Risk Reduction Actions at Local Level for UNISDR.

Los Angeles and Mexico City engage with UNISDR in multi-stakeholder, multi-hazard city-to-city exchange, Unites Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

Resilience-based GovernanceMirescu, A. for Leaders Link

Resilience in human security before the risk of disasters and climate change, CIESS



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