ULM/GER | 26.09.2019
Institute for Sustainable Urbanism (ISU), Braunschweig, DE
Dirk’s work ranges from urban and regional planning to landscape analysis and cartography. He joined ISU in 2014 to manage the research project METAPOLIS on rural regions of Lower Saxony. Comprising of an interdisciplinary team, the large scale structural study is analysing networks of large, medium and small settlements in rural areas and their connection through transportation, goods and data flows. The project is linked to Vanessa Miriam Carlow’s publication “Ruralism”, which collects positions on the future of villages and small towns in an urbanizing world.
METAPOLIS is a joint project of TU Braunschweig and Leibniz University Hannover. In the project analytical cartography, stakeholder involvement, and participation aspects are similarly important. In three focus areas – demographic change, landscape potentials, and mobility – potentials and levers for a mutual vision are being uncovered. Data mining and data mapping play an important role in ISU’s research, which goes beyond exploring inherited and conventional methods of urban design and moves towards a more explorative and hypothesis-driven research into sustainable urbanism.
He will be part of the panel COMPACT + PRODUCTIVE at the Urban Land Conference.