International and interdisciplinary formation in sustainable planning, development, management and operation of city-regions and large agglomerations

The Master degree course has a strong international orientation. It is implemented by the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany, in cooperation with renowned international partner universities for an international exchange course in the third semester.

"Urban Agglomerations" is a 2-year full-time course. The course is taught completely in English. The course leads to the international academic degree Master of Science (M.Sc.).

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Next application deadline for the winter term 2019 is April 15, for applicants with a first degree from foreign countries.


September 15, for applicants with a German degree.

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Program Urban Agglomerations
Master of Science (M. Sc.)
Terms 4 semesters, full-time
ECTS credit points 120
Program starts Winter semester
Application deadline September 15
Applicants with degrees from foreign countries on April 15
Language English

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Discover the program

The Master's degree course is based on an integrated international orientation. It is organized and implemented by the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany, in cooperation with renowned international partner universities for an exchange course during the third semester.

The exposure to teaching and planning environments of different cultures forms an important intention of the degree course, contributing to intercultural sensibility and competencies.

The Master's degree course consists of four semesters. The specific study content during the first two semesters at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences provides the students with a broad understanding and basic knowledge of urban agglomerations.

The modules concentrate on a structured study program and introduce and deal with all relevant topics, including planning, environmental infrastructure, mobility, governance, as well as social and cultural issues.

The third semester is an international exchange semester. The Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences has cooperation agreements with partner universities worldwide, offering master courses in similar fields.

In the fourth semester the students return to the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences to write their Master thesis.

Target group

The target group is graduates from all countries all over the world holding a diploma, a bachelor or an equivalent first academic degree confirming to EU first degree standards in

  • Architecture, 
  • Civil Engineering, 
  • Urban, Regional, Landscape or Environmental Planning, 
  • Facility Management, 
  • Surveying, 
  • Real Estate, 
  • Geo-Informatics, 
  • or other planning-related disciplines,

training for a career and relevant position in the public or private sector, like urban and regional administration and authorities (e.g. planning and management departments), development corporations, free-lance consultants, real estate agencies, research institutes, and others.

Career prospects

In its specific aims, the course is primarily practically oriented, training and qualifying for a professional career and responsible position in the public, semi-public or private sector, such as urban and regional administrations and local authorities with their planning or management departments, development corporations, free-lance consultants, real estate agencies, research bodies, international institutions etc.

The overall conception aims to approach and solve complex urban problems in interdisciplinary teams and to prepare decision-makers for their future tasks as well in developed as in developing countries.

Tuiton fees

The study programm is subject to tuition fees.

These come to about 3.000€ for each the first, second and third semester. In the fourth semester the total is 2.000€

For details please contact the coordination office: ua-info(at)

The Master degree course "Urban Agglomerations" M.Sc. offers an international and interdisciplinary formation in sustainable planning, development, management and operation of city-regions and large agglomerations. The course has a strong international orientation. It is implemented by the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany, in cooperation with renowned international partner universities for an international exchange course in the third semester.

"Urban Agglomerations" is a 2-year full-time course taught completely in English. The course leads to the international academic degree Master of Science (M.Sc.)

First start of the degree course: October 2008
Accreditation until: September 2020

Next application deadline:

April 15, for applicants with a first degree from foreign countries
September 15, for applicants with a German degree.


The Masters Course Urban Agglomerationsis completely taught in English. It comprises nine modules with 5 to 30 credits each and the final Master Thesis (30 credits), in total 120 ECTS-credits.

The students spend three semesters in Frankfurt (semester 1, 2 and 4) and one exchange semester (semester 3) at an international partner university.


There are ten study modules and each terminates with an exam.
The specific kind of examination performance necessary for each module can be oral, written or project work and is defined in the module descriptions.

Available exams

Number Titel ECTS Credits Examination of the module Language
UA 1 Urban Planning and Development 10 Project work (12 weeks) and colloquium (min. 20, max.30 minutes) English
UA 2 Urban Culture and Governance 10 Written assignment (8 weeks) English
UA 3 GIS and Remote Sensing 5 Written exam (150 minutes) English
UA 4 Scientific Methods and Academic Skills 5 Written assignment (8 weeks), partial exam (50%) Oral presentation, partial exam(50%) English
UA 5 Deutsche Sprache und Kommunikation 5 Klausur (150 Minuten) Teilprüfung (50%) Mündliche Prüfung Teilprüfung (50%) Deutsch
UA 6 Interdisciplinary Project Work 10 Project work (12 weeks) and colloquium (min. 20, max.30 minutes) English
UA 7 Urban Infrastructure 10 Written assignment (8 weeks) English
UA 8 Urban Ecology and Environment 5 Project work (12 weeks) and colloquium (min. 20, max.30 minutes) English
UA 9 International Exchange Course 30 Depending on the requirements at the partner university English
UA 10 Master Thesis 30 Master Thesis (18 weeks) and colloquium (min. 30, max. 60minutes) English

Thesis topics

Year of Graduation Thesis Topic Author
2019 Contemporary Shopping Spaces in the City of Bengaluru, India Sruthi Venkataramanan
2019 Waste as Ressource-Energy Recovery Potentials of Sewage Sludge in Bengaluru City, India Mayura Varma Rajkumar Vatsala
2018 A Comparative Assessment on Bus Rapid Transit Systems in Latin America David Eduardo Castrillon Arango
2018 How to Transfer GIS Based Urban Models to Graphic-Optimized 3D-Tiles: State of the Art and Future Work Hung Che Yi
2018 Healing Monterrey trough Natural Infrastructure Ana Lucía Araujo Castro
2018 Revitalization of River Vishwamitri in the City of Vadodara, India Bhavsar Rahul
2018 Transitional Urbanism Forward Inclusive Rural Settlements Enna Aylen Briceño Córdoba
2018 Affordability of Housing and Transportation in Vancouver, Canada Jessica Wei-Lin Lam
2018 Introducing Low-Cost Technologies to Improve Thermal Comfort trough Participatory Design Based on The Social and Cultural Dynamics in Informal Settlements, Bogotá Abishek Ghayal
2018 Livability in Existing and Future Cities Anuradha Sharma
2018 World Heritage Historical Centers Protection and Development Policies Polina Khanukaeva
2018 Pedestrian Rights in Kathmandu Streets Jyotsna Shrestha
2018 Urban Innovation Process as a Factor for Sustainable Local Development in Germany and Mexico Cristina Salzazar Soto
2016 A Comparative Analysis of Eco-districts Shima Bouzari
2016 A sustainability analysis of harbour redevelopments in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Hamburg Shikha Salla Mohanraj
2015 Intergartion of electromobility into the city of Ahmedabad, India Mittal Patel
2015 The Urban and Socio-Economical Resilience of Tourism Based Developments: The Case of Playa del Carmen, Mexico Allyson Murillo Ruiz
2015 Smart Cities as a New Model for Urbanism in India Rajiv Singh Irungbam
2015 Housing Provision under the Effect of Current Development Strategies Öykü Ülgüner
2015 Capturing Land Value Appreciations Generated by Public Transport Improvments Evgenia Marinaki
2015 Concept design of a sustainable Transit Oriented Development in cooperation with a smart urban electrical grid Maria Tsioutsia
2014 urban Community Gardening as a Social Movement for More Sustainable Neighborhoods Olga Korovina
2014 The implementation of sustainable development principles in Tianjin Eco-City Biying Ding
2014 A Sustainability Assessment of the housing project Cuidad Verde in Soacha Colombia Jean Francisco Duque
2014 Formal and Informal Transport In Mexico City Public Transport Carolina Zabas Roeland
2014 Urban Safety. Food Production and Social Inclusion Alejandra Cid Patino
2014 An investigation of the anticipated spatial impacts of a high-speed train service in Chiangmai, Thailand Patchara Kanmuang

All students applying for Urban Agglomerations have to prove a first degree conforming to EU first degree standards, awarded by a higher education institution in architecture, civil engineering, urban and regional planning, landscape and environmental planning, facility management, surveying, real estate, geo-informatics or other planning-related disciplines.

Please, fill in the Application Form  for admission as student to Urban Agglomerations, and provide all documents required plus a copy of your passport page stating name, date of birth etc... with your application. Incomplete applications cannot be processed. Please, do let us know your e-mail address, if you have one. We will then be able to communicate faster and in a more reliable manner with you in clarifying open questions.

Your application will be checked by the International Office of the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.

If all formal conditions are met, the International Office passes the application to the faculty committee, responsible for the admission.

All international applicants need one set of authenticated and officially translated documents.
All German applicants need one set of documents and may present their authenticated official degrees and reports - as far as they where achieved in Germany - in german language. Applicants will be informed quickly as to whether their prior academic records fulfil the formal requirements of the Master Program "Urban Agglomerations".

Please, be aware that your documents will only remain with the Coordination Office for one year. After the period of one year those documents will be destroyed. Documents can, in general, not be sent back to you.

For remaining questions with respect to this application and the Master Program please contact us.



Name of Study Program Urban Agglomerations
Study Program Full time studies, regular period of study is 4 semester (2 years), tuition fees
Degree Master of Science
Language English
Beginning of Study Program The study program begins once a year in the winter semester.
Admission restrictions First degree conforming to EU first degree standards (from a University or University of Applied Sciences), awarded by a higher education institution in architecture, civil engineering, urban and regional planning, landscape and enviromental planning, facility management, surveying, real estate, geo-informatics or other planning-related disciplines with a standard period of studies of at least 6 semesters (3 years) or 180 Credits;
Professional experience of at least one year;
English language ability (TOEFL 213 or IELTS 6 or Cambridge First Certificate (A) or equivalent test);
Letter of motivation;
Curriculum vitae;
Letter of recommendation
Fees 3.000€ for each the first, second and third semester

2.000€ for the fourth semester
Additional Information The third semester is an international exchange course and has to be completed at a foreign partner university.

The admission is limited. The applicants have to prove a first degree conforming to EU first degree standards (from a University or University of Applied Sciences), awarded by a higher education institution in architecture, civil engineering, urban and regional planning, landscape and enviromental planning, facility management, surveying, real estate, geo-informatics or other planning-related disciplines with a standard period of studies of at least 6 semesters (3 years) or 180 Credits.

Professional experience of at least one year is required. This can be waived in case of excellent final results in the first degree.

Non-native English speaking students have to prove their English language ability by TOEFL 213 or IELTS 6 or Cambridge First Certificate (A) or equivalent test. If the Bachelor (or comparable) degree has been obtained at a school, where the primary language of instruction was English, language skills are accepted as sufficient.

Supporting documents to the application form:
A letter of motivation in English which describes professional experience, interests as well as professional aims after the studies, Curriculum vitae, a letter of recommendation from a professor.

If the numbers of qualified applicants exceed the number of places in the Master Programm, the written documents and applications will be decisive. The quality of the first degree and of the professional experiences as well as the quality of the letter of motivation will affect the selection criteria.

Download a list of all required application documents.

Please send your application with all necessary documents by post or e-mail to Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences - Urban Agglomerations, Nibelungenplatz 1, 60318 Frankfurt am Main, ua-info(at)


You can enroll at our Study Office from August 1st until October 15th 2019 .

The following steps outline the process to get registered at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.

Before arriving in Frankfurt, please share your flight itinerary with our program office. We can arrange for an escort from the airport to your lodging if requested. From the airport, we will travel via public transit to the accommodations you arranged with out coordination office. Be sure to have Euros in advance to pay for the tickets.

Establish a bank account as quickly as possible. A special foreign student "blocked" account must be established to satisfy German embassy requirements. The Frankfurter Sparkasse has branches in the vicinity of the university. Information can be found here:  Deutsche Bank also has many locations in Frankfurt and throughout Germany( You will need a local bank account in order to pay the tuition fees. The tuition fees take several working days for the FRA-UAS to process.

According to German law (welfare legislation and immigration legislation) students must obtain a health insurance policy from a valid provider. Students from EU and other partner nations may be able to simply notify their provider and temporarily transfer the policy to Germany. In all the other cases it is advisable to join the so called Mandatory Health Insurance (Gesetzliche Krankenversicherung-GKV): it is less complicated than bringing private insurance from home and usually it is cheaper.

Insurance companies work with our International Office. During the enrollment process students can register for health insurance at a kiosk in front of the International and Admissions Offices.

The Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) is one of the most popular choices. Information (only in German) can be found on their website. During the introductory week there will be an opportunity to sign up for an account with the Techniker Krankenkasse on site. Mr. Jan Müller is the local TK representative and can be reached at

Once the tuition fees have been processed, visit Frau Kaboth in the International Office located in building 1 room 8 on the ground floor. She will verify your official original documents (diplomas, transcripts, etc) which will allow you to enroll.


When I graduated from Urban Agglomerations in 2013, I was living in Istanbul and I stayed living in Turkey. I started to write for some Italian on-line and printed magazines about sustainable planning and architecture. Now I continue writing books on different topics including the field of architecture

Virginia Elena Patrone, Italy

Thanks to the experience through the master program at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, nowadays I work as an adviser in urban planning, sustainable building and housing at the Urban Development Direction at the National Planning Department (DNP) of Colombia. Based on my academic experience in Germany and Sweden I currently implement in consultancy on national planning levels, urban policies and environmental programs, data analysis and assessment on infrastructure, climate change and urbanisation.

Alexandr Rodriguez Larin, Colombia

Currently I‘m a research assistant at the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL). Since 2014, I have a position as a PhD candidate at the Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography, University of Hanover. While pursuing the international master’s program, I got the opportunity to study the fundamentals of urban sustainability and attend a number of workshops, focusing on several case studies in Europe and South America. This experience taught me that the key factors regarding prosperity and resilience is deeply rooted in the innovativeness of cities.

Milad Abbasiharofteh, Iran

I am an Indian Architect, graduated out from the Urban Agglomerations program in March 2016. I am currently working as an intern at Radbonus UG in Köln. Here, my task is to analyze the bicycle infrastructure of different German cities and also to perform market research. Choosing Urban Agglomerations as a master’s degree is one of the best decisions I made as a student. This program has not only enhanced my research skills, but also enabled me to work in the field of sustainable urban development. It has provided me with adequate knowledge of the various urban challenges faced by today´s agglomerations around the world.

Shikha Salla, India

The multidisciplinary faculty of the program enabled my fellow students and I to develop distinct scholarship based on our own individual interests. Through their guidance, I was able to obtain integral insights on the topics I have used to define my early career. Since graduation, I have gone on to become an urban development consultant for projects across Latin America, Africa, Europe and North America. Currently based between Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and Frankfurt am Main, Germany, I am grateful for the intercultural and interdisciplinary foundations the program helped to set.

Nicholas Kasang, USA

I graduated from the M.Sc. Urban Agglomerations in 2014 and have since worked for non-governmental organizations, as well as for the public and private sector. Currently, I work for the Government as a Senior Business Development Analyst, working for the Regional Transport Authority, Metrolinx, in the Toronto Region in Canada. I am leading the Voice of the Customer for our Fare Payment System, helping improve our customer experience and satisfaction

Carolina Zabas Roelandt, Belgium/Spain

Teaching staff

Prof. Dr.
Caroline Günther
Studiengangsleitung Barrierefreies Planen und Bauen M.Sc. - Studiengang Barrierefreie Systeme
Gebäude 1, Raum 427
Fax : +49 69 1533-2761
Dominic Hofmann
Gebäude 1, Raum 40
Fax : +49 69 1533-2374
Prof. Dr.
Martina Klärle
Gebäude 9, Raum 216
Fax : +49 69 1533-2374
Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Michael Peterek
Studiengangsleitung Umweltmanagement und Stadtplanung in Ballungsräumen M.Eng. + Urban Agglomerations M.Sc.
Gebäude 1, Raum 506
Prof. Dr.-Ing.
René Dieter Thiele
Studiengangsleiter Geoinformation und Kommunaltechnik M.Eng.
Gebäude 9, Raum 203b
Fax : +49 69 1533-2058

Golda-Pongratz, K. (forthcoming 2018)
(Re)Constructing the role of urban memory in Lima’s selfbuilt peripheries.
In: Reis. N.; Lukas. M. (eds.). Beyond the Mega-City: new dimensions of peripheral urbanization in Latin America Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Golda-Pongratz, K.; Teschner. K. (eds.) (2016)
Habitat III. TriaLog. A Journal for Planning and Building in a Global Context, no. 124-125. Darmstadt

Golda-Pongratz, K. (2015)
Neue städtische Identitäten der Selbstbaustadt. Urbane Erinnerung und partizipative Quartiersaufwertung in Lateinamerika.
In: Globaler Süden — Leben in Städten. Raumplanung no. 182. 6-2015. pp 16-23.

Golda-Pongratz, K. (2012)
Anahuac_Region at the edge of the water. Ground Water Urbanism for Mexico City.
In: Monu #17. Next Urbanism. Upmeyer. B. (ed.). pp 72-77

Golda-Pongratz, K. (2004)
The Barriadas of Lima — utopian city of self organisation?
In: The challenge of suburbia. AD (Architectural Design) Vol 74. no 4. London. pp 38-45.

Günther, C. (forthcoming 2018)
Lernen und Leben am Riedberg. Eine Bestandsaufnahme der Bildungs- und Sakralbauten am Riedberg.
In: Kaufmann. C.; Peterek. M. (eds) Der Frankfurter Riedberg. Stadtentwicklung für das 21. Jahrhundert. Deutscher Werkbund Hessen in Zusammenarbeit mit dem IWAK Frankfurt. Berlin: Jovis Verlag.

Günther, C. (2017)
Gefühltes Wohnen. Die Bedeutung der Wohnbiografie für ein “gutes und gelingendes” Wohnen im Alter. Quocosa. Dresden: Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden. Dissertation online

Günther, C. (2017)
Rote Lippen und Rollatoren..- wie ein verändertes Lebensgefühl im Alter die räumliche Planung herausfordert.
In: Heidi Sinning (ed) Altersgerecht wohnen und leben im Quartier. Stuttgart: Fraunhofer IRB Verlag. pp 105-123.

Günther, C. (2012)
Housing organisations for Elderly People in Germany: Organisational, Social, Individual and Architectural Dimensions
In: Domingues. I. (ed) Organizacoes, controlo e sustentabilidade” Ediçoes Humus, pp 127-149.

Günther, C.; Baltabol, B. (2004)
In: Stadt Braunschweig Baudezernat (ed) Stadt-Bau-Kunst Braunschweig. Münster: Waxmann Verlag, pp 97-98.

Neuer-Miebach, T. (2016)
Legitimacy versus Legality. Selective asylum policy in Germany/Europe. Comment.
In: Kämmerer-Rütten. U.; Schleyer-Lindenmann, A.; Schwarzer, B.; Wang. Y. (eds.) Transnational Social Work and Welfare. Challenges for the Social Work Profession. London: Routledge, pp 146-149.

Neuer-Miebach, T. (2013)
L‘immigration en France et en Allemagne. En coopération avec Alexandra Schleyer-Lindenmann.
In: Travail social sans frontières : innovation et adaptation. (dir.) Hirlet, P.; Meyer. J.-L. et al. Presses de l’EHESP; Rennes, pp 45-61

Neuer-Miebach, T. (2011)
Tourisme intégré ou ségrégé à Agadir?
DIRASSAT. Revue publiée par la Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines Agadir. Numéro spécial Sociologie 14/2011, pp 7-17.

Neuer-Miebach, T. (2010)
Sozialraumuntersuchung Wohnsiedlung Riederwald - Empirische Untersuchung. Zusammen mit AG Sozialraumanalyse der FH Frankfurt im Auftrag des Diakonischen Werks für Frankfurt am Main des Evangelischen Regionalverbandes Frankfurt am Main

Neuer-Miebach, T. (2007)
Von der Raumstadt zur Sozialen Stadt. Die Entwicklung problematischer Stadtteile - Beispiel Nordweststadt in Frankfurt am Main.
Blätter der Wohlfahrtspflege 1/2007. pp 20-25

Kenworthy. J. R.;  Schiller. R (2018)
An Introduction to Sustainable Transportation: Policy. Planning and Implementation. Second Edition.
London: Earthscan (published November 10. 2017)

Kenworthy. J. R. (2017)
The good, the bad and the ugly in urban transport: comparing global cities for dependence on the automobile.
In: Hartz-Karp. J. and Marinova. D. (eds.) Methods for Sustainability Research. Chapter 3. pp 46-62 Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Kenworthy, J..R. (2017)
Is Automobile Dependence in Emerging Cities an Irresistible Force? Perspectives from Sao Paulo, Taipei, Prague, Mumbai, Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou.
In: Sustainability 9 (11). 1953; doi:10.3390/su9111953(online)

Newman, P. and Kenworthy. J. (2015)
The End of Automobile Dependence: How Cities are Moving Away from Car-Based Planning.
Washington DC: Island Press.

Kenworthy. J. (2014)
Trends in Transport and Urban Development in Thirty-Three International Cities. 1995-6 to 2005-6: Some Prospects for Lower Carbon Transport.
In: Lehmann. S. (ed) Low Carbon Cities: Transforming Urban Systems. Chapter 5. pp 113-130. London: Routledge.

Peterek, M.: Bürklin, T. (2016)
The Cycloregion. City-regional Developments in Frankfurt Rhine-Main.
In: Journal of Comparative Cultural Studies in Architecture
(JCCS-a), no. 2016-05. Vol. 9, pp 41-51

Peterek, M. et al. (2014-2019)
Rapid Planning — Sustainable Infrastructure. Environmental and Resource Management for Highly Dynamic Metropolises.
Subproject 3: Urban Planning and Capacity Building.
BMBF research project with AT-Verband. UN-Habitat, and other German research partners.

Peterek, M.: Bürklin, T. (2014)
Potentials and Challenges of Polycentric City-regions. A Case-study of Frankfurt Rhine-Main.
In: Technical Transactions Architecture. 1-A. 2014 (111).
Kraków: Cracow University or Technology Press, pp 179-189.

Peterek, M. (2012)
Planning Principles for Sustainable Urban Development. Recent Examples from Germany.
In: Gyurkovich, M. (ed.). Future of the City. Mass Housing Estates or Multifamily Housing Complexes, Eco Rehab 3.
Kraków: Cracow University of Technology. pp 36-44.

Peterek, M.: Bürklin, T. (2008)
Urban Building Blocks.
Basel, Boston, Berlin: Birkhäuser.

Restrepo Rico, S (2017)
Integral Upgrading in Latin America — An Analysis of Brazil’s Favela- Bairro and Colombia’s Proyecto Urbano Integral Programmes.
In: Kienast, G,: Gotsch, P. (eds.) Trialog. A Journal for Planning and Building in a Global Context, no. 126-127 (October). Darmstadt, pp 12-20.

Restrepo Rico, S. (2017)
Participatory Integral Upgrading in Latin America: the Importance of Participatory Practices in Urban Upgrading Projects.
Darmstadt: Technische Universität Darmstadt

Restrepo Rico, S. (2016)
Participatory Upgrading in Latin America: Finding the Balance between Top-down and Bottom-up Urban Planning.
In: DATUTOP Series, 34, pp.128—154.

Restrepo Rico, S. (2013)
Mejoramiento Sostenible de Asentamientos Informales en Países en Desarrollo: Brasil, Indonesia, Tailandia. Mexico City: Infonavit  - Redalyc.

Schäfer, P.; Lux, K.; Gilbert A.: Väth, J.; Stolte. D.; Lindemann, F. (2018)
Overview of the development of applications for parking solutions (Übersicht aber die Entwicklung von Anwendungen zur Lösungen für das Parken) - Parken Apps 2017. Frankfurt am Main. March 2018. Final report.

Schäfer, P.; Hofmann, D. (2017)
The craft travels e-mobile (Das Handwerk fährt E-mobil).
In: IHK WirtschaftsForum, Unternehmensmagazin für die Region FrankfurtRheinMain, October 2017. pp 12-13.

Schäfer, P.: Gilbert A.; Quitta. A. et al (2017)
DIEMO RheinMain - Our offers promote electric mobility. Results from the project Frankfurt RheinMain Networked. Services promote electric mobility. (Unsere Angebote fördern Elektromobilität. Ergebnisse aus dem Projekt Frankfurt RheinMain vernetzt. Dienstleistungen fördern elektrische Mobilität).
Final report

Schäfer, P. (2017)
Installations for stationary traffic - developments in parking space design, design and equipment (Anlagen für den ruhenden Verkehr - Entwicklungen bei Stellplatzbemessung, -gestaltung und -ausstattung).
In: Straßenverkehrstechnik, no. 9/2017 pp 635-638.

Schäfer, P.; Gilbert. A.; Blume, S. (2017)
Recommendations for the designation of public charging infrastructure. Paper on the research project “DieMo RheinMain II”. (Empfehlungen für die Ausweisung von öffentlicher Ladeinfrastruktur. Paper zum Forschungsprojekt „DieMo RheinMain II“).

Thiel, F.; Wenner, F. (2018)
Land taxation in Estonia. An efficient instrument of land policy for land scarcity, equity, and ecology.
In: Gerber, Jean-David et al. (eds.). Instruments of Land Policy. Dealing with Scarcity of Land. Abingdon: Routledge, pp 78-88.

Thiel, F. (2018)
The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union (CETA) and its Impact on Property and Zoning in Germany.
In: Lehavi, A. (ed.), One Hundred Years of Zoning and the Future of Cities. Heidelberg: Springer International Publishing, pp 151-173.

Thiel, F. et al. (2016)
Land in German Development Cooperation: Guiding Principles, Challenges and Prospects for the Future. Published by GIZ - German International Development Cooperation, 2nd edition. Edited by Espinoza, Jorge et al. Eschborn: giz

Thiel, F. (2017)
Regulatory or expropriatory? On the implications of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership for the German land policy.
In: Land Use Policy. (online)

Thiel, F. (2015)
“Urban land grabbing” - on the debate surrounding the realignment of Berlins land policy.
In: Hepperle, Erwin et al. (eds.). Challenges for Governance Structures in Urban and Regional Development. Zurich: vdf Hochschulverlag. pp 99-112

Cooperation agreements

The Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (Germany) has cooperation agreements for an exchange semester with the following universities in Europe and overseas:


KNUST Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Master Program: Development Planning & Management

Griffith University

Griffith University, Australia

Master Program: Urban and Environmental Planning


KMITL King Mongkut‘s Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand

Master Program: Master of Urban and Regional Planning

German-Jordanian University

German-Jordanian University, GJU

Master Program: M. Sc. Program in Spatial Planning


PUT Poznan University of Technology, Poland

Master Program: M.Sc Architecture


Warsaw University of Technology, PW

Master Program: M.Sc. Architecture and Urban Planning



Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Master Program: Urban Planning


Krakow University of Technology, PK

Master Program: M.Sc. Architecture


Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey

Master Programs: Urban Design, Urban Planning

University of Malmö

University of Malmö, Sweden
Master Programs: Sustainable Urban Management, Project Management and Organisation


Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Master Program: Urban Ecological Planning


Universidade Federal do ABC, Santo André, Brasil

Master Program: Territorial and Planning Management


Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Master Program: Mestrado en Engenharia Urbana (Master in Urban Engineering)


Universidad Piloto de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia

Master Program: Urban Management 


Tecnológico de Costa Rica

Master Program: Bachiller en Arquitectura y Urbanismo (Bachelor in Architecture and Urbanism, 10 semesters)


Universidade Catolica do Paraná - PUCPR, Curitiba, Brasil

Master Program: Pós-Graduação em Gestão Urbana


Universidad del Bío-Bío, Concepción, Chile

Master Program: Habitat Sustentable y Eficiencia Energetica



Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, PUCP, Lima

Master Program: Bachiller en Arquitectura (Bachelor in Architecture, 10 semesters)


Each year the master programme “Urban Agglomerations” and partner universities from South America organize an annual meeting. In September 2013 the meeting took place at the UAEM Universidad Autonomá del Estado de México in Toluca, Mexico. This fourth meeting was arranged as a workshop and for the first time students from each university were invited to participate. Apart from the UAEM as the hosting university and the master programme “Urban Agglomerations”, professors from the partner universities from PUCPR Curitiba, Brazil; UFABC, Santo André, Brazil; Uni Piloto, Bogotá, Colombia; attended the workshop, which took place from September 17th till 24th, 2013.

The topic was „Sustainable Development in Metropolitan Regions“ and the students had the possibility to study and discuss metropolitan regions by examining the city of Mexico. Excursions, lectures, round tables and project work were on the agenda. Five students from the master programme “Urban Agglomerations” participated.

Altogether it was a lively, international group of students. Active discussions among students and lecturers enriched the communication between the involved participants coming from different areas of research. All in all, it was an intensive and interesting week, in which, apart from the professional input, cultural aspects also gave new insights. The main focus was set on informal housing, as well as transportation and open spaces in the city. Mexico City is a good example to examine and do research on these topics, as the problems of a mega-city are visible and can easily be detected. The challenges of informal settlements, when spreading out along the borders of the city, become very obvious. Traffic, infrastructure, hygienic factors and crime are only a few aspects which lead to serious problems within a metropolis.

Since 2010 the master programme “Urban Agglomerations” and partner universities from South America arrange an annual meeting of the international network „Urban Knowledge Net“. In 2014 it was organized by the Universidad Piloto de Colombia in Bogotá. “Urban Knowledge Net”, initiated by Prof. Michael Peterek and Caroline Günther, is an international cooperation between the master programme “Urban Agglomerations” and postgraduate programmes from partner universities from Latin America, where lecturers from the individual postgraduate courses and research projects deal with topics of sustainable metropolitan regions.

For the second time this meeting was arranged as a workshop. Students from all the participating master programmes were invited to join and learn. The topic of the workshop was “Integration of Metropolitan Regions” and it took place from September 22nd till 27th, 2014. Apart from participants from the Universidad Piloto de Colombia, as the hosting university, and the master programme “Urban Agglomerations”, professors from the partner universities from PUCPR Curitiba, Brazil, UFABC, Santo André, Brazil, UAEM, Toluca, Mexico, Universidad del Bío-Bío, Concepción, Chile, attended the workshop.

After the official opening of the international colloquium, which was organized as an accompaning event to the network meeting, various lecturs were held by professors and students from the participating universtities. The topics of the lectures dealt with the integration of metropolitan regions.

Apart from the theoretical discussions, different field trips were organized to give a practical connection to the topic. One field trip was a visit to the operator and system of Transmilenio, the public transportation system of Bogotá. A second field trip went to the outskirts of Bogotá to see an environmental project, as well as a housing quarter, established on the furthermost border of the city. In both cases it was possible to get an intense insight of the problems such a mega city is confronted and has to deal with.

From 5th to 9th October, 2015, the annual meeting of the “Urban Knowledge Network” of the Master Programme “Urban Agglomerations (M.Sc.)” took place at the Universidad del Bío-Bío in Concepción, Chile. Most of the Latin American partner universities participated, as well as Michael Peterek and Caroline Günther from Frankfurt University.

In the past, Chile has been confronted with vast earthquakes and subsequently had to cope with many tsunamis. Dealing with such threats and defining strategies in order to adapt cities to such natural disasters, was the major topic to the country as well as all other affected countries. In this context a workshop took place at the Universidad del Bío-Bío, additionally to the network meeting. The topic of the workshop was „Global Climatic Change, Natural Disaster and Resilience“ and concentrated on strategies of future prevention as well as mitigation. The workshop concentrated on research approaches and projects that are testing to anticipate events, mitigate disaster effects and build local resilience, in order to prepare communities to major challenges like global warming and future events.

Thematically, the workshop invited all professionals interested and envolved in neigbourhood projects, risk and vulnerability analysis, climate change adaptation, mitigation strategies, integrated design approach, reconstruction projects, case studies on urban planning that contribute to enhance the local resilience and concerning question local empowerment. The workshop took place over two days, with many internationally renowned speakers.

Summer School Urban Sustainability

Bangkok, Thailand (2015)

From July 13th to 29th, 2015, the master program “Urban Agglomerations” organized its first international Summer School with the partner university King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) in Bangkok. Sponsored by funding from the DAAD and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), an interdisciplinary course on “Urban Sustainability” took place at the local International College.

Six professors from Frankfurt and three colleagues from Bangkok gave lectures in the fields of sustainable transport, urban theory, perception and culture, urban water supply and sanitation, land management, urban planning and universal design. The 18 students came from seven different countries and the diverse disciplines of architecture, landscape and urban planning, civil and energy engineering as well as environmental management.

Altogether 18 students from 7 countries took part in the summer school. They came from Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Nepal, Turkey, Italy and Germany. The students were mainly studying in their third to fifth year in architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering, traffic management, energy engineering and environmental management.
After the opening ceremony, conducted by the president of the KMITL, representatives of the German Embassy Bangkok and the DAAD German Academic Exchange Service, the course began.

The program was divided into six learning units, dealing with the different aspects of urban sustainability:

  • Sustainable Transport - M.Eng. Dennis Knese
  • Urban Theory, Perception and Culture - Prof. Kathrin Golda-Pongratz
  • Urban Water Supply and Sanitation - Prof. Monika Horster
  • Land Management - Prof. Fabian Thiel
  • Urban Planning and Development - Prof. Michael Peterek
  • Universal Design - M. Sc. Caroline Günther

Additionally, the group did four field trips together with colleagues from the KMITL. The aim was to intesify the specific contents of the units by investigating the real situation of the mega city Bangkok, it’s urban, traffic, infrastructural and socio-cultural challenges. The field trips were:

  • a whole-day experience with the public transportation system (train, skytrain, metro, bus)
  • an excursion in the evening through quarters and neighborhoods in the city centre
  • a visit to the campus of the Mahidol University. This university follows principles of a sustainable development on campus as well as in the neighborhoods (for example with projects concerning bike mobility, urban farming, waste- and water recycling)
  • a guided tour through the informals settlement Klong Toey, a traditional neighborhood in the centre of the metropolis.

During the summer school the students worked on various case studies in fours interdisiplinary groups. They were supposed to map, analyse and validate according to the knowledge they attained in the units and finally develop first planning advises for a future sustainable development of the urban area they were working on.
Introspective, the summer school was a great sucess for the master program “Urban Agglomerations”. The intercultural and interdisiplinaray exchange with all the participants was inspiring. Also the collaboration with the partner university KMITL was excellent.

Urban Agglomerations, as an international study programme, combines theoretical knowledge and practical experience. We aim to connect theory and practice by offering specific events such as field trips, excursions, public lectures, or visits to institutions.


At the beginning of every winter term we organize an excursion to a city in Germany to welcome the new students of our master program Urban Agglomerations. Apart from learning more about Germany at the beginning of the master program, the students also have the opportunity to get to know each other. This year we spent two days in Leipzig, a city that has a lot to tell about German history.”

A group of students and lecturers from the two master programs Urban Agglomerations and UMSB jointly went on an excursion to Istanbul. The trip was scheduled for 5 days from February 25th till March 2nd, 2011.

Visit to ITÜ Istanbul Technical University
The ITÜ is located very close to Taksim Square. The School of Architecture Taşkışla is established in one of the most renowned historical buildings in Istanbul. Together with professors and students from the master programme "Urban and Regional Planning", we held presentations, focusing on the urban development of Istanbul and Frankfurt. The subsequent discussion on urban situation led to an interesting comparison. Out of this meeting a good cooperation has developed and already there have been students doing their exchange semester at ITÜ and vice versa.

Guided Tour with Orhan Esen
Orhan Esen, a sociologist and historian, researcher, writer and publisher, gave a guided tour of the housing development in Istanbul. The tour started with an introduction to urban quarters from the 18th centuary, then presented the urban structres until today, ending with a perspective view of the future urban developments. During the day we visited housing cooperatives, gated communities as well as informal settlements, looking at consequences of the urban sprawl in the city. One day was dedicated to experiencing the city on a walking tour which started at the Sultan Ahmed mosque, following up a visit to Hagia sophia and then to Fatif Cami Moschee. Winding thorough small paths and streets the tour continued through areas of the historic timber structures, which are on the list of the UNESCO.

Students presentations
Preliminary to the excursion, each student prepared a presentation on a topic relevant to the city, These were held on site about the ancient city Constantinople, the urban
development of Constantinople, current urban structures of the city, Gecekondus, Hagia Sophia, Topkape Sarayi palace, Sultan Ahmed mosque, public gardens, the modern movement, cistern reservoir and the socio-economic disparities and segregation.

Historical Istanbul
The accommodation was situated in the heart of old Istanbul. From here many historical buildings and mosques, such as the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Irene and the Basilica Cisterna, were were in walking distance.

This excursion took us to Barcelona, where we spent four days from May 16th till 20th, 2012. The purpose was to study the urban developments and structures within and around the city. We travelled with a group of students and lecturers from the master programs Urban Agglomerations and UMSB. Dr. Kathrin Golda-Pongratz composed an inspiring program and guided the group through the city during the stay.

The schedule contained a walking tour through the city center, looking at different neighborhoods and buildings, as well as various guided tours and a bicycle tour of the northern part of the city. One of the guided tours was a visit to Casa Bloc, a housing development of the Modern Movement, built in 1933 and designed by Josep Lluis Sert. It gave a good insight to the recently renovated worker‘s housing blocks.

Obviously the Olympic area from 1992 and Mies van der Rohes‘ Barcelona Pavillion, built in 1929 as the German National Pavillion for the International Exhibition, were on the agenda as well.

In preparation to the excursion, each student wrote a text to a specific topic. In Barcelona the students held their presentation on site. Topics were the World Exhibition 1888, the Olympic Games in 1992, public spaces in Barcelona, the development of the harbor, the project 22@Barcelona, the conversion of industrial buildings and Forum Barcelona 2004.

We looked at the Sagrera High Speed railway, a new intermodal hub, which is to become the second of two main stations in Barcelona. And finally we visited Eixample, the vast urban extension area, beyond Barcelona‘s medieval walls at the end of the 19th and early 20th century.

We visited the architectural office Llop, Jornet, Pastor arquitectes. The architects designed the masterplan for

La Mina blocks, a neighbourhood in the north-eastern part of the city. We visited this urban housing settlement on our bicycle tour as well as the Bon Pastor neighborhood. Bon Pastor is a residential area, mostly with housing for workers. Here the intention was to construct „cases barates“, low cost housing in the urban periphery, for the workers.

Departing from Frankfurt on May 28th, we arrived at the central station of Marseille in the evening. Altogether we were a group of 17 students and lecturers, spending a few days exploring the architecture and urban planning of this vibrant city. With a tight schedule, we started on the next morning with a guided tour through MUCEM, built by the architectural office Cabinet RUDY RICOTTI ARCHITECTE. It is located between the historic Vieux Port and the new Joliette urban district and was built from 2002 till 2013. Alongside the MUCEM is the Villa Mediterranée, which was designed by Studio Stefano Boeri. It is a multipurpose building, housing space for research activities and documentation on the Mediterranean.

Günter Liehr, a journalist and author of the book „Marseille“ accompanied us on a walk through the Quartier du Panier. This quarter is the historical center of Marseille, built on the ancient Greek Massalia. It is a typical Mediterranean district with its color-washed facades. Part of the schedule was a visit to the Euromediterranée urban development area, which was launched in 1995 by the combined efforts of the French government and the City of Marseille, the local and regional authorities and Marseille Provence Métropole Communauté Urbaine. This projects aims to improve the quality of life, public spaces and facilities. It is the largest urban regeneration project in Europe with 480 hectares of urban regeneration zone. Many internationally renowned architects are involved in the planning of this area.

Finally a visit to the Unité d‘Habitation belonged to the agenda. Here too, a guided tour through the building had been arranged. The Unité was designed and built by Le Corbusier from 1947 till
1952. Here Corbusier‘s visions of modern housing and communal living with the needs and realities of post-war France, become visable. It was supposed to offer living space for up to 1600 people, designed as a ‚vertical village‘ with a complete internal commercial street, recreation grounds and a kindergarden on the roof, and a surrounding area of park land.

The trip to Madrid took place from May 5th till 8th, 2016. It was the second excursion with this group of Urban Agglomerations students. We spent the 4 days looking at Madrid‘s architecture, culture and phases of urban development. Together we visited historic buildings as well as newly created urban peripheries. We strolled over public spaces, such as the Plaza Mayor and walked through the old city and its squares, the Plaza de la Villa, Plaza San Andrés and Campo de Cebada. On the way we visited the mercado San Miguel and its surroundings.

In the afternoon we investigated the PAU (Plan de Actuación Urbanística – plan of urbanistic action) of Carabanchel and its contemporary housing:
the Morphosis building, the Casa Bambú (FOA), the Amann-Canovas-Maruri block and the Dosmasuno-Arquitectos building.
And finally, we ended this day with a visit to the Escuelas Pías de San Fernando Library of the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) in Lavapiés (J. I. Linazasoro). An arranged meeting with sociologist Andres Walliser was very interessting. Together with him and a group of citizens, we visited the new urban interventions and participation projects in the Tetuán neighbourhood. We learnt a lot about the Ganando Metros Tetuán. Later in the day we looked at further projects developed according to the urban development program (PAU). The PAU is the legal framework for urban development of complete neighborhoods in Spain.

Residential Projects such as Edificio Mirador planned and built by the dutch architectural office MVRDV show „...a collection of mini neighbourhoods stacked vertically around a semi-public sky-plaza...“ (MVRDV). Another building designed by this office in Sanchinarro is the Edificio Celosía. It is a social housing block in the same neighborhood as the Mirador building. It consists of 146 apartments and communal open spaces throughout the building. Finally, on Sunday we visited Reina Sofía Museum for Contemporary Art, planned and developed by Castro & de Onzono and Ian Ritchie with its new extension, which was designed by Jean Nouvel.

Herzog & De Meuron constructed the Museum and cultural center in Paseo del Prado 36, the Caixa Forum Madrid. This building combines an old abandoned electrical station with the construction of new floors enclosed by a curtain of oxidized cast iron. The buidling next to it has a green wall which was designed by the French botanist Patrick Blanc.

In June 2017, students and lecturers from the master program Urban Agglomerations, Barrier-Free-Systems and UMSB spent a prolonged weekend in Vienna and visited many urban
developments and architectural projects. Each student prepared a short report to a project which they presentated on tour. These were for instance the collective housing projects Wohnprojekt Wien at the Rudolf-Bednar Park, Miss Sargfabrik, the Seestadt Aspern or the University of Economy with Zaha Hadids library and learning center.


Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Michael Peterek
Studiengangsleitung Umweltmanagement und Stadtplanung in Ballungsräumen M.Eng. + Urban Agglomerations M.Sc.
Gebäude 1, Raum 506
Prof. Dr.
Caroline Günther
Studiengangsleitung Barrierefreies Planen und Bauen M.Sc. - Studiengang Barrierefreie Systeme
Gebäude 1, Raum 427
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