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BSc: Study Project

A-Project

The A-Project is aimed at first-year students. It enables students to learn basic skills of scientific work at an early stage of their studies. Under the supervision of module leaders and a student assistant, students work independently and self-organised on a larger research project for one year. The topics provided form a framework, but are independently implemented by the students in more concrete questions and work packages. Over the course of the project, the students present their current project status in the form of a proposal, an interim report, and a final report. In addition, a faculty public project market takes place around Easter time, where students present their interim results to a larger public.

The current 22/23 A-Project focuses on Rozenburg, a sub-municipality of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The area is located on a former island squeezed between expanding operations of the most significant European port area. The students will interrogate complex environmental and urban challenges imposed on the Rozenburg community through the conceptual lenses of place. With the help of participatory mapping and the ‘Place Standard Tool’ methodology, the students will attempt to unpack lived experiences of people conditioned by a very particular long settlement history, ever-changing spatial planning realities, extensive industrialized areas, and natural and altered landscapes, all together forming the unique spatial conditions of Rozenburg. At the end of this A-Project, students will learn how major planning and environmental challenges ranging from local to global scales are shaping and transforming local communities. By applying participatory mapping and the ‘Place Standard Tool’ the students will get familiar with two of the possible methodologies employed by planners to reach communities and evaluate outcomes of planning decisions and urban-environmental conditions engendered by them. During two semesters the students are supposed to conduct two field trips, whereby they explore the wider context of the region, including environmental and urban dynamics of Rotterdam, continuous intensification of port operations, and extensive geoengineering interventions, and get down to the local scale of the very Rozenburg island and community, adopting a point of view of residents in order to capture the character of Rozenburg as a place to live.

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Location & approach

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.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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