With the increasing digitalisation of many areas of life, including our everyday lives, more and more data is being generated and accumulated. Much of this often unstructured and incoherently collected data can be a useful additional source of information for gaining a better understanding of urban systems at large. Furthermore, some data streams also allow near real-time monitoring and the enrichment of planning evidence bases with additional information. However, these positive effects and added values require a solid basic understanding of urban data infrastructures, suitable analytical approaches, and a critical view of urban data.
The module introduces basic concepts and analytical approaches of data-driven urban analysis – also called Urban Analytics. The following three topic areas are covered on the module:
- Urban data infrastructures
- Urban data analysis
- Spatial planning research
In the first part, urban data infrastructures, basic terms and concepts are introduced. The topics covered include different parts of the so-called 'geoweb', including open geodata, geosensor networks, and user-generated geographic information, among others. The second part, urban data analysis, focuses on analytical approaches in the context of heterogeneous urban data sets. Topics from the fields of GIS, mapping, spatial analysis, visualisation, but also qualitative approaches are presented. The third part, spatial planning research, is intended to sharpen the focus on the link between urban analytics and spatial planning in relation to corresponding, concretely conducted research. This latter block will include invited lectures in which actual planning research at the outlined interface will be reported on.
- Knowledge of basic terminology and concepts
- Basic methodological understanding of analytical approaches including limitations
- Ability to link data-driven urban research with planning concerns
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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.