• Wolfgang Wende Technische Universität Dresden
  • Steffen Nijhuis Delft University of Technology
  • Angela Mensing-de Jong Technische Universität Dresden
  • Melanie Humann Technische Universität Dresden




Currently the world is facing major challenges related to ongoing urbanization. More than half of the global population already lives in cities, and rapid urban growth – whether planned or spontaneous – seems set to continue. The associated large-scale transformation of urban and rural landscapes is turning the spotlight on environmental issues and questions of sustainability. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda/Habitat III provide a framework for a fast urban development by encouraging the integration of social and ecological aspects into urbanism. One important task for urbanism is to “make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. But what does this mean for research, education and practice in spatial design and planning? Which emerging research topics can be identified? Do we need alternative formats for teaching and for knowledge transfer? This book focuses on inclusive urbanism as one factor of sustainable urban development.

Author Biographies

Wolfgang Wende, Technische Universität Dresden

Professor for urban development at Technische Universität Dresden and head of the Research Area Landscape Change and Management at IOER (Germany). 

Steffen Nijhuis, Delft University of Technology

Associate professor of landscape architecture and team leader Landscape Architecture Research at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands). 

Angela Mensing-de Jong, Technische Universität Dresden

Became professor for design and urban design at HTW Dresden in 2000. In September 2018 she changed to Technische Universität Dresden (Germany) as Chair of Urban Design at the Faculty of Architecture. 

Melanie Humann, Technische Universität Dresden

Urban designer and architect. She runs the Urban Catalyst GmbH in Berlin and is Professor for Urbanism and Design at the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning of the TU Dresden (Germany).