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.


Dr.-Ing. Fabian Wenner was awarded the 2022 doctoral prize by the Friends of TUM e.V. for his dissertation "Interrelations between Transport Infrastructure and Urban Development. The Case of High-Speed Rail Stations". Fabian Wenner has been researching and teaching at the Chair of Spatial Development at the TUM School of Engineering and Design since 2014. He…

In the monthly published American business magazine 'Fast Company', Dr. Nadia Alaily-Mattar is interviewed on her research on the Bilbao effect.

The majority of people in Europe live outside the classic cities. "Zwischenstadt/Cities without Cities" is what Thomas Sieverts calls it in his world-famous book from 1997. 25 years later, we are looking again at these urbanised cultural landscapes, these sprawling messes. We consciously turn our gaze away from the metropolitan urban centres to places on the periphery…

„Urban Futures Thinking“ invites students from all disciplines and TUM Schools to engage in a joint discussion on the future of urban space with a concrete example in Munich. All day event, January 9th - 13th 2023.

In the Austrian daily newspaper 'Der Standard', Prof. Dr. Alain Thierstein is interviewed on the topic "What is the 15-minute city to us?".

Opening & Symposium 18.November 18:00-21:00 Exhibition 18. - 24. November 2022 Matrikulation hall, Technische Universität München, Arcisstraße 21

ULI Germany/Austria/Switzerland and Hines Germany had invited: Together with Economic Officer Clemens Baumgärtner and Gregor Karch from Bosch, Prof. Alain Thierstein discussed the current and future challenges of urban development with regard to the spatial development of economic areas. It became clear: Where people work, they also want a high quality of life. And…

Measuring the City: The Power of Urban Metrics. Does the online circulation of photographs influence the image of a city? The iconicity of an exceptional architectural project might have distinct transformative effects. See our analysis of flickr and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Read it HERE.

Great pleasure was it to host an ERASMUS-funded visit by Prof. Dr. Christophe Demazière and by Ass. Prof. Dr. Divya Leducq at our TUM chair. They both are teaching urban and regional planning in the Master’s programme ‘Planning & Sustainability’ at the Ecole Polytéchnique de Tours. During their stay in Munich they contributed to our seminar on the Airport Region of…

A newly published paper by the Chair of Urban Development looks at potential medium to long-term consequences of higher shares of working from home on the locational decisions of households in the metropolitan region of Munich. It was published in the journal Urban Planning and it can be accessed here. An article in Süddeutsche Zeitung on 02.06.2021 and an article in…