Aachen Inside Out - City Walks

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Cities need quality open spaces, Open spaces provide living space, promote well-being and contribute to (climate) resilience. Urban spaces need comprehensive strategies and green concepts for the climate change adaptation. At the same time, they can enhance the quality of stay of the “emptying" city centers and increase their attractiveness as places to live.
Especially during the Corona Lockdown, it became clear that many cities have too few usable open spaces. It was during this time in particular that it became evident how important open spaces located close to homes are for recreation and regeneration.



Veronika Stützel


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During this special time, we would like to send you out on exploring tours, alone, in pairs, or more - as the corona situation allows. Learn about and understand the characteristics of urban open spaces through observation and documentation from different perspectives and at different times. How does the interaction between buildings and open spaces work in detail, what role do open spaces play in their neighborhoods?


First, you will go on "expeditions" through Aachen and explore the potential of good open spaces. In selected neighborhoods, you will identify and document the special open spaces that already exist and those that could become so ("wallflowers"). In the next step, structural measures and interventions on an urban scale will be proposed for the selected potential spaces, and key areas will be developed and subsequently studied in detail. (Open spaces, but also unused buildings that can be deconstructed - "Shrinking Aachen").
Many of the green open spaces in the Aachen urban area are isolated, spatially separated, without connection to each other and have lost legibility due to repeated conversion projects or do not have enough space.

Existing and potential linkages will be identified on your expeditions through the area and considered in further planning.


You will design a city walk. You will summarize the results for identifying and upgrading individual open space sequences in this city walk. At the same time, this route follows the "green network" in the studied neighborhood that connects and enhances or opens up the particular existing and transformed open spaces

We adapt the task for students who are not in Aachen. The task is designed for groups of 5 and 6.


  • Kick-off event: 4/19/2021 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Online support sessions: Mondays 12:00pm-4:00pm
  • Submission: 30/07/2021

Submission Deliverables (Group Work)

  • e-logbook: in which all task steps are documented group by group (also used as medium for online supervision)
  • Documentation of special open spaces (1 per participant)
  • Digital presentation of the city walk (format freely selectable)