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iResilience – Social innovations and intelligent urban infrastructures for the resilient city of the future

Within the framework of the project "iResilience", the model development and testing of new practices and technologies for the continuous improvement of urban, climate-adapted resilience is the goal of an interdisciplinary project team from science, business and municipal administration. Together with local actors, the project team develops innovative solutions for the complex, dynamic challenges of climate change and sustainable development and tests them in real urban laboratories.

The ie³ is leading two work packages in the iResilience project, with its expertise in the field of Smart City and digitisation, which focus primarily on the design of digital processes.

The particular challenge is to design a complex process of change towards an improved climate resilience in cities, supported by technologically sensible and digital devices and media, taking into account not only the interfaces between the technical systems, but also those with the citizens affected by climate change. In future, the climatic changes expected for cities in north-western Europe's landlocked areas, such as warming of city centres and longer periods of heat and drought, will also play a decisive role here, as will pressing issues in the context of climate change, such as the quality of life and residence and environmental justice in densely populated neighbourhoods. The social innovation lies especially in the bidirectional design of the process between digital system and human being. Where in the past unidirectional communication usually existed, in the future the project will not only collect sensor data to record, for example, the traffic situation and its effects on the environment; through the use of digital technologies, the perception and sensation of people affected by traffic effects will also be made measurable and included in the automated decision-making processes of dynamic traffic control.

By assessing the risks of such data use, especially with regard to data security, data protection and thus also user acceptance, a data use concept for bidirectional dynamic traffic control will be derived as a contribution to urban climate resilience. The data use concept is to be implemented in the form of a pilot application for dynamic traffic control depending on sensor and climate data and taking into account the sensation of pollution reported by the city residents affected by traffic via a digital interface (app), and will be subjected to an impact analysis together with the German Weather Service. On this basis, an implementation roadmap for the use of smart city applications will be developed.

Project Duration: 01.11.2019 – 01.10.2021

Project Partners:

  • TU Dortmund, ZWE Sozialforschungsstelle (Verbundkoordination)
  •  Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik (Difu), FB Umwelt
  •  Stadt Dortmund, Koordinierungsstelle „nordwärts“
  •  Stadt Köln, Umwelt- und Verbraucherschutzamt
  •  Stadtentwässerungsbetriebe Köln, AöR
  •  Forschungsinstitut für Wasser- und Abfall-wirtschaft an der RWTH Aachen (FiW) e.V.
  •  HafenCity Universität Hamburg (HCU)
  •  Dr. Pecher AG, Erkrath
  •  TU Dortmund, ie³ - Institut für Energiesysteme, Energieeffizienz und Energiewirtschaft




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.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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