Chair of Urban Development

Spatial Development is the product of the interplay between territorial and functional logic. On the one hand there are targets, objectives, and actions of government institutions. On the other hand there are functional drivers of (economic) development and the resulting location requirements. The convergence and overlapping of these two types of logic spawn both stimulating incentives and conflicts. From a socio-economic and spatial perspective we regard these phenomena as being constitutive for research and teaching at the school of architecture.

Public and private approaches need to be analysed from the point of view of their mutually dependent, functional framework, which leads to different spatial analysis levels. The aim is here to better understand conditions and consequences of urban interventions on different scales as well as resources and potentials of these interventions for spatial development.

The Department focuses its attention on metropolitan regions of European dimensions, "Mega-City Regions", which emerge due to increasing functional cross-linkage. They form the interface between global networks and local, innovative milieus in the expanding knowledge economy. In Mega-City Regions it is the management and control function, the gateway function – Munich Airport, for example – and the innovative function that play a crucial role.

Analysis on its own is not enough to design sustainable residential and business areas in metropolitan environments. What is needed is process-based interaction between awareness, products and processes. The creation of a problem and protagonist awareness is the prerequisite for developing suitable measures and solutions (or products) in individual, sectorial / thematic fields – to be followed up by the selection and development of appropriate regulation processes for their implementation. Analysis, visualisation and communication should be understood as methodical modules in this chain.

Our mission statement documents the need and the desire to transdisciplinary work between architecture and landscape architecture, urban planning, regional planning and economic geography. A coherent and effective spatial strategy for a place brings these disciplines together, creating added value and deriving results for the design, implementation and communication from the spatial analysis. The Chair of Urban Development explores these complementary methodological approaches of the disciplines involved and brings them into discussion.


Der Termin zur virtuellen Klausureinsicht für die Klausur Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten ist Mittwoch, 21.04.2021, 10-12 Uhr. Die Einsichtnahme findet digital über Zoom statt. Bei Interesse an einer Einsichtnahme bitte kurze Anmeldung an [more]

Der Termin zur virtuellen Klausureinsicht für die Klausur Raumökonomie (Master) vom 25.02.2021 ist Mittwoch, 21.04.2021, 10-12 Uhr. Die Einsichtnahme findet digital über Zoom statt. Bei Interesse an einer Einsichtnahme bitte kurze Anmeldung an [more]

As part of our ongoing DFG-funded research project on the effects of High-Speed Rail (HSR) lines on urban development and current dissertations at the chair, we have constructed a database of interregional rail connections in Germany and neighbouring countries during the timespan of 1990 to 2030, assuming that all planned rail projects of the... [more]

The Cluster Real Estate at the Technical University of Munich is a formation between researchers of the Departments of Architecture and of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering, which both will be united in the "TUM School of Engineering and Design" in future. The Cluster Real Estate is grounded in TUM’s tradition of creating a discourse between... [more]

Cities across the world have been resorting to star architects to brand their projects, spark urban regeneration and market the city image internationally. This book shifts the attention from star architects to star architecture, arguing that the process of deciding about and implementing relevant architectural and urban projects is not the product... [more]

From 2020, the Chair of Urban Development will work on a new DFG-funded research project on the effects of high-speed rail on spatial structure: "Brain Train? High-Speed ​​Rail Stations as focal points of the knowledge economy", together with the Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development (ILS) in Dortmund. It is devoted to the question... [more]

Lukas Gilliard, Fabian Wenner, Alain Thierstein and Nadia Alaily-Mattar, team members and PhD students at the Chair of Urban Development, have published a new book chapter titled "The Transformative Capacity of Regional Design". The contribution by is part of the edited book "Shaping Regional Futures - Designing and Visioning in Governance... [more]

For the past three years this seminar series gathered experts in architecture, urban planning, urban and economic geography annually at the Villa Vigoni in Menaggio, Italy. The third and last of this series was held from 8th-9th of October 2019. [more]

Can star architecture projects contribute to repositioning their respective cities? What is the role of media exposure in this process? [more]

"Flight shame" is on everyone's lips in 2019, and the scientific community is also increasingly discussing the effects of its activities on the global climate. Can air travel to conferences still be justified in view of the pollutant emissions? They are contrasted by (even "accidental") knowledge spillovers, such as personal face-to-face contacts at... [more]