M2 peri.polis 2030

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M 2.1


  1. Periphery (ancient Greek περιφέρω periphéro "to carry around"): "surroundings" or "surroundings" as opposed to the core area or center
  2. Metropolis (ancient Greek μητρόπολις mētropolis): Large cities that form a political, social, cultural and economic center of a region or even a country
  3. Polis (ancient Greek πόλις pólis 'city', 'state'): state association (in ancient Greece)

The periphery of larger cities threatens to fall behind in general development due to unfavorable structural features. This creates an ever-widening gap between structurally weak and strong regions. Reasons for this include the following:

  • Poor accessibility: Due to the mostly low population density, peripheral locations are poorly connected to the public transport network. Together with a low supply of local jobs, this leads to increased migration.
  • Digitization: Cellular and broadband networks are far from being available in all peripheral communities.
  • Stagnating population development: A low attractiveness of location leads to little or no immigration with simultaneous emigration, especially of younger target groups.
  • A lack of basic services: When people move away, the availability of medical care, education and culture decreases.
  • Low economic power: Due to the low added value in agriculture (primary sector), the loss of jobs in industry (secondary sector) and a lost connection to the service sector (tertiary sector), a cycle of unemployment and migration is set in motion and maintained.

The problems of the periphery contrast with important developments in society as a whole. Rising rents, housing shortages, climate change, location-independent working and progressive digitization are forcing and at the same time enabling an ever-increasing part of society to break away from the urban context of the big city.

Parallel to the historically grown inner city centres, the periphery could develop as a previously underestimated but livable place and manifest itself both in the digital and in the (re)built space for the peri.polis 2030.


Using the current example of the Aachen suburb of Eilendorf, an urban planning and architectural development process is to be initiated.

The focus in the first semester is on dealing with what is found, detecting problems and potential and the resulting development of programs for the Eilendorf market environment.

In the following semester, the developed programs are to be checked, optimized and worked out in studies and drafts.

In this cooperation project, an examination of an open and at the same time strongly site-related urban planning question is to be organized in the academic space. The Eilendorfer market is predestined for this in many ways.

Within the city administration of Aachen, the following departments are involved in the process:

• Department of Urban Development, Urban Planning and Mobility Infrastructure

• Department of Climate and Environment

• Department of real estate management

The entire process is accompanied by regular exchanges with external urban planners and architects, the city of Aachen and the users or residents of Eilendorf.


M2.1 summer semester 2022

1. Input (April / May 2022)

  • Getting to know the actors involved and their roles in the process
  • Consideration of exemplary project developments from structurally weak regions
  • Lectures and discussions with involved urban planners and architects
  • Defining the urban planning envelope
  • Creation of an urban development model

2nd Analysis (May / June 2022)

2.1 Macro analysis of the town of Aachen Eilendorf

  • History
  • Infrastructure
  • Demographics
  • Urbanism
  • Architecture
  • Nature
  • ...

2.2 Microanalysis "City Center"

  • Mapping of building stock
  • existing / lost uses
  • "Places in Place"
  • residents / actors involved and their concerns
  • ...

3. program (June / July / August 2022)

  • Processing in groups by micro-sites
  • Development of one or more appropriate program(s)
  • Discussion

4. reaction

  • Concepts/ideas for micro-sites
  • first (urban planning) idea(s)
  • Connection of the micro-locations to the macro-location

M2.2 winter semester 2022/2023

5. Deepening

  • Deepening concepts / ideas
  • Elaboration of urban planning designs
  • Transfer and testing in architectural elaboration


Mo, 10.10.2022, 09:00 - 13:00 Uhr, Consultation

Mo, 17.10.2022, 09:00 - 13:00 Uhr, Consultation

Mo, 24.10.2022, 09:00 - 13:00 Uhr, Consultation

Mo, 31.10.2022, 09:00 - 15:00 Uhr, Kolloquium

Mo, 07.11.2022, 09:00 - 13:00 Uhr, Consultation

Mo, 14.11.2022, 09:00 - 13:00 Uhr, Consultation

Mo, 28.11.2022, 09:00 - 13:00 Uhr, Consultation

Mo, 05.12.2022, 09:00 - 13:00 Uhr, Consultation

Mo, 12.12.2022, 09:00 - 13:00 Uhr, Kolloquium (tba)

Mo, 19.12.2022, 09:00 - 13:00 Uhr, Consultation

Mo, 09.01.2023, 09:00 - 13:00 Uhr, Consultation

Mo, 16.01.2023, 09:00 - 13:00, Consultation

Mo, 23.01.2023, 09:00 - 13:00, Consultation

Mo, 30.01.2023, 09:00 - 13:00, Consultation

Mo, 06.02.2023, 09:00 - 13:00, Consultation

Mo, 13.02.2023, 09:00 - 13:00, Consultation

Mo, 20.02.2023, 09:00 - 13:00, Consultation

Mo, 27.02.2023, 09:00 - 13:00, Kolloquium (tba)