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Regional concept Network-City Ruhr

Development strategy for the 52 municipalities and 8 million citizens of Germany’s principal postindustrial region.


Europe and Northern America




Regional Development and Metropolitan Strategies

Project Details


  • Ruhr Area (Germany)


  • Consultancy


  • Regional Association Metropole Ruhr (RVR)


  • Initial Design



Our vision for the Ruhr-Metropolis the Network City is based on the existing.

It focuses on cooperation, communication and co-production. Social, economical and ecological values will be added, which will manifest in space and serve all stakeholders in the Ruhr Area.

The network city defines three theme-cities as a guiding concept for future actions in regional planning:

The Time-City allows for an optimized everyday life of each individual: It guarantees accessibility, shorter ways, minimized trip-lengths and arranges regional and local freight transport.

The Field-City structures the handling of big agricultural areas and the urban carryovers of the Ruhr-Metropolis: Area-reserves of the metropolis will be farmed in a tactical way and value will be added to the areas.

The Sponge-City describes a productive use of the water resources: Water resources will not only be drained off, but used in a productive way for the structuring of the Ruhr-Metropolis in connection to climate change. The Economy of Sharing links the theme-cities.

The 54th city mediates between municipalities, businesses and individuals. The approach of sharing does not renounce consumption, but takes into account changes in lifestyles and different approaches to life.

36 tools will be defined for working in the theme-cities. They are characterized by decisive goals, references to the existing scalability, the ability to be multiplied and potential for integration. The connection and interlinking of the single tools serve as a base for planning and steering of a process-oriented urban development.