PÖ | Gaps in the cityscape

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Gaps between buildings are not uncommon in city centres and are often perceived as disturbing in the cityscape from an aesthetic point of view. There can be many reasons for the existence of a gap between buildings. One of them is the fact that buildings destroyed in the Second World War have not yet been completely rebuilt. Often, existing gaps are not built on at all or only on the ground floor and are used as retail and gastronomy areas or for other commercial uses. Against the background of ever-increasing land sealing, an expansion of settlement areas, the growing demands for sustainability and the increased environmental awareness of the population, it is important in inner cities to use potentials and to promote sensitive redensification. The development of existing gaps between buildings can help to utilise these potentials and counteract further urban sprawl in the outer areas.

In the module Planning Economics (PÖ), students develop a design for a self-selected building gap. The focus of the design is on the construction economic consideration and evaluation of the project development.


M.Sc. Architecture
M.Sc. Urban Planning

Module Planning economics
Processing Individual work

Course and exam via RWTHonline

Submission draft and written paper

Start: 13.04.2021, publication of the assignment and further information for download via RWTHmoodle.
Supervision: Tuesdays 9:30 to 12:00, via VC
Deadline: 20.07.2021 (print submission and digital via RWTHmoodle)


Stephan Weitz, M.Sc
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Elisabeth Beusker