Shaping the future in the Rhenish mining district

With the spatial strategy for the Rhenish mining district 2038+, the Revierknoten Raum accompanies the spatial development of the region in the medium to long term as well as projects and processes to manage and shape structural change in the Rhenish mining district.

Revierknoten Raum

The Revierknoten Raum develops models, strategies and action plans and actively shapes the process of structural change with its spatial strategy for the Rhenish mining district 2038+.


“We are at a historic moment”

In an interview with Welt am Sonntag, Prof. Christa Reicher talks about structural change, the upcoming design tasks and the future in the Rhenish mining district.


Mission Tasks and goals

The spatial strategy for the Rhenish mining district 2038+ maps out a future path for the spatial development of the region up to the year 2038 and beyond. The existing potentials are to be bundled in the context of the spatial strategy and transformed into a spatial image that is capable of achieving consensus. The spatial strategy process acts as a discussion forum for the regional actors with the aim of jointly defining viable building blocks and objectives. The aim is to set the course for a successful future in the Rhenish mining district in a timely manner in order to meet the diverse future challenges with a well thought-out, sustainable and viable transformation strategy.


The process Phases of the spatial strategy

The planning process is divided into three phases. Upstream and accompanying the process is the dynamic spatial diagnosis, which functions as a continuously updated inventory and analysis and is constantly expanded thematically.

Phase 1 Spatial image variants

Based on the dynamic spatial diagnosis, the three planning teams are developing different variants of spatial models and development goals for the entire Rhenish mining district. The interim results were presented by the three planning teams at the interim colloquium on 10th and 11th November 2021.

Phase 2 Specification

In the second phase, the overall spatial models are deepened and concretized at different scale levels and time corridors, both spatially and thematically.

Phase 3 Consolidation

The spatial images developed by the planning teams are brought together in the strategy paper, the spatial strategy for the Rhenish mining district 2038+. This will be continuously developed and updated.

In-process Spatial diagnosis

Preliminary work / studies of the region

  • Masterplan Indeland
  • Landfolge Garzweiler
  • Tagebaumfeldinitiative Hambach

Studies / Analyses Revierknoten

  • Integrated spatial analysis
  • Basic study on mobility

Current framework conditions

  • Economic framework conditions
  • Filling level of residual lakes
  • Funding lines / implementation projects

Formal planning

  • Regionalplanung Köln
  • Regionalplanung Düsseldorf
  • Landesentwicklungsplanung
  • Braunkohlenplan
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Revier 2030 #Raumentwicklung - Digitale Fachveranstaltung

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Ergebnispräsentation der Mehrfachbeauftragung in Bergheim

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About us Revierknoten Raum

As a part of the Zukunftsagentur Rheinisches Revier, the Revierknoten Raum supports project partners and brings together existing plans and concepts in a spatial planning process.

Meet the team

FAQ Fequently asked questions

  • What is the task of Revierknoten Raum?

    As one of seven territory nodes, the Revierknoten Raum accompanies structural change in the Rhenish mining district. As a part of the Zukunftsagentur Rheinisches Revier, it works on the programmatic framework for the spatial development of the region and supports regional actors in the initiation and implementation of funding projects.

  • What's behind it?

    The Revierknoten Raum is an interdisciplinary team of planners and architects that combines the competences of spatial planning, urban planning and architecture and focuses on the spatial development of the region. The Revierknoten Raum is managed in trust by the Chair and Institute for Urban Design and European Urbanism at the RWTH Aachen University by Prof. Christa Reicher.

  • Why a spatial strategy?

    With the framework process of the spatial strategy for the Rhenish mining district 2038+, an overall regional development strategy is being developed on the basis of existing regional concepts and analyses, which addresses the challenges of structural change in the region and points out possible solutions. In doing so, an integrated approach is pursued that is specifically tailored to the local characteristics and needs of the region. As a sustainable common vision, the spatial strategy for the Rhenish mining district 2038+ maps common goals and can thus be a point of orientation for all actors in the structural change process.

  • How is the cooperation with the other Revierknoten?

    Together with the Revierknoten Infrastruktur und Mobilität, the Revierknoten Raum forms the future field Raum in order to jointly meet the challenges and opportunities in overlapping thematic fields. Furthermore, there is a continuous exchange among the Revierknoten at the working level in order to make the best possible use of the existing expertise for the various fields of action and ongoing projects. In addition to this closer thematic cooperation, the Revierknoten individually design targets in their responsible thematic area, considering project proposals and the common principles of the Zukunftsagentur. This creates the basis for future funding scenarios. In addition to the Revierknoten Raum and the Revierknoten Infrastruktur und Mobilität, the Revierknoten Energie and Industrie form the future field Energie und Industrie and thus complement the two future fields Ressourcen und Agrobusiness and Innovation und Bildung of their respective territory nodes. The ensemble of future fields is completed by the seventh Revierknoten "Internationale Bau- und Technologieausstellung" (IBTA).

  • How can I get involved?

    As a citizen of the region, you will be able to actively participate through a comment function on our interactive map work, the Raumlabor.

    In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in public events within the framework of the multiple commissioning process for the spatial image. For up-to-date information on the events, please refer to the announcements on this homepage.

    The monthly Reviertalks offer you the opportunity to take part in thematic expert lectures and to keep yourself informed about the regional discourse.

  • What is a multiple commission?

    Multiple commissioning is mainly used for planning tasks or idea-finding processes in the field of urban development and landscape planning and aims to find innovative and integrated solutions. 

    A future path, cooperatively developed by three renowned planning offices, promises to set the course for successful spatial development in the Rhenish mining area with the spatial strategy process.

  • What is the role of the Zukunftsagentur Rheinisches Revier and the Wirtschaftsministerium Nordrhein-Westfalen (MWIDE)?

    The Revierknoten "Raum is part of the Zukunftsagentur Rheinisches Revier, which coordinates the interests of the region as a strategic partner of the federal and state governments. Funded by the Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Innovation, Digitalisierung und Energie of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Zukunftsagentur Rheinisches Revier is a central coordinating body for managing structural change and bundles the interests and needs of the region.

    In addition to moderating the work of the Revierknoten expert groups, the Zukunftsagentur Rheinisches Revier publishes calls for funding for structural change projects based on the Wirtschafts- und Strukturprogramm (WSP) and provides information on the progress of the process through public relations work. Furthermore, the Zukunftsagentur organises events such as the Revierkonferenz and offers citizens' dialogues and consultations for stakeholders involved in the structural change process.