Located in the Ruhr region, Germany’s largest urban area, Dortmund is a former centre for coal mining, steel industry and beer production, and is known for its cultural diversity due to its industrial history. With the last steel mill closing in 2001, Dortmund has become a modern university city with diverse industries ranging from logistics to biomedicine.
Dortmund has partly redeveloped its large brownfield sites - formerly used for industry - into industrial heritage sites, residential areas and green recreational areas. Dortmund has huge natural potential since it is fully surrounded by its green belt – the Emscher park.
The Living Lab: From the Deusenberg to the Huckarde district
Dortmund’s Living Lab area runs along the Emscher river next to the Huckarde district, stretching from the West of the city centre to the former coking plant Hansa and the former Deusenberg landfill site in the North.
Latest news from Dortmund
From steel plants to garden plants: how Dortmund’s industrial heritage is powering its green future
7 February 2019
Who makes urban space? How do you decide which route to take to work, or where to spend a sunny day? Anyone who has ever stepped off a paved footpath to take a shortcut knows that citizens do not follow an instruction manual. City planning provides an outline of how urban space can be, and the habits and preferences of the people who live there make that space into a home.
The German city of Dortmund is regenerating some of its most critical former industrial spaces and understands the value of including local residents in the process. Dagmar Knappe, City of Dortmund, said, “We think involvement of citizens is important as they know best what is needed in their neighbourhood. Moreover, it leads to more acceptance and a better connectivity with their neighbourhood.”
Students scout for ideal location for community aquaponics in Dortmund
31 October 2018
Last week landscape architecture students from the RWTH University of Aachen, joined forces to find the ideal location for the proGIreg community-based aquaponics system in the Dortmund Living Lab.
The vision is to enable residents in the post-industrial area of Huckarde, to produce their own locally-grown vegetables and fish, through aquaponics. Aquaponics is ideal for food production in areas with contaminated or poor quality soil - often the case in post-industrial areas - since it requires no soil; fish waste water provides the nutrients needed to feed the plants in a symbiotic environment.