Our team member Víctor Cobs-Muñoz, together with BSc students Lena Ziehe and Jonah Kaschel, participated in the XLI National and XXVI International Congress of Geography – Chile, organised by the Chilean Society of Geographical Sciences (SOCHIGEO) hosted online by the Geographical Institute of the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (PUCV), Chile. The presentation titled “Phoenix-See: A best practice case of brownfield redevelopment in Dortmund” reported some of the main outcomes of their last-term A-Project final report “Effects of Gentrification. A comparative study of metropolitan and micropolitan spaces in Dortmund, Minsk, and Valparaíso”, and was thus held on behalf of all other study project participants.
The presentation was part of the coordinated table (Roundtable discussion) “Risks, resilience and urban resistance: the city in crisis” organized by Dr. María José Otero (PUCV) and Víctor Cobs-Muñoz (TU Dortmund University) with participants from University College London, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, University of London, and the Association of Feminist Geographers of Chile (Geógrafas Chile). Among the covered topics were collective resistance to disaster capitalism during COVID-19, the relationship between children and their territories in a forced displacement context, forest fires and urban expansion in the Metropolitan Area of Valparaiso, experiences in brownfield redevelopment, and urban resistance in post-disaster reconstruction processes.
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The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dortmund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station ("Dortmund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station ("Dortmund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop "Dortmund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dortmund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dortmund Universität S".
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dortmund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.