Dortmund

A former brewery tower turned into a museum, former steelwork premises transformed into a business and recreation area with a lake (lake Phoenix): The change of Dortmund’s cityscape goes hand in hand with the structural crisis and industrial diversification from a heavy industrial city towards a service- and technology-based metropolitan area. Dortmund, previously known for "steel, coal, and beer" has turned into a centre of insurance industry and retail services.

 

Street Art in a backyard in the "Unionquarter"
  • The city of Dortmund

    A former brewery tower turned into a museum

    A former steelwork premises transformed into a business and recreation area with a lake (lake Phoenix): The change of Dortmund’s cityscape goes hand in hand with the structural crisis and industrial diversification from a heavy industrial city towards a service- and technology-based metropolitan area. Dortmund, previously known for "steel, coal, and beer" has turned into a centre of insurance industry and retail services. Here, new industrial branches emerge most often from the area of logistics, information and communication technologies or microsystems technology.

    About 580,000 people live in Dortmund with an area of 280 km² the largest city in the Ruhr region. Dortmund offers green surroundings combined with cultural diversity within its vast confines. Aside from flagship projects such as the concert hall Konzerthaus Dortmund or the Dortmunder U enough free space is provided for independent artistic and creative developments. Especially the city centre and the adjoining quarters form an ideal breeding ground for creative activities.

    The harbor quarter Hafenviertel and the district Nordstadt in the north attract visitors with their interesting and charming places: The creative hub and former street car shed “Depot”, the music bar “Hafenliebe” and the former bulk carrier “Herr Walter” draw people with events, concerts and exhibitions.

    The neighbourhood around the street Brückstraße offers fashion, lifestyle and hip music locations as the jazz club “domicil” – architects, designers and the artsy crowd gather at places like this.

    The label “Unionviertel“ comprises the Dortmunder U-tower and the neighbouring area around the Rheinische Straße. It takes part in the regional program of “Creative.Quarters Ruhr” as a place which combines (media) art, creativity, technology, education and lifestyle. The master plan “Kreatives Dortmund” (Creative Dortmund) attributes this area of activity a stimulating effect promoting sustainability for the city itself – and beyond.

  • Creative.Quarter Unionviertel

    Innovative spaces for creative sectors and industies

    The Unionviertel is drawing more and more attention, while also binding more and more artists and creatives. For a long time, the neighbourhood at the Dortmunder U and along the Rheinische Straße was marked by vacancy and social distortion due to structural change. By now, vacant lots are filled with new offers, and the area also enjoys rising demand for resident quarters.

    This development benefits strongly from the new, widely visible beacon, the art and creative centre Dortmunder U, opened in 2010. Yet, for a time, it was mainly the Union Gewerbehof activists and other single stakeholders who initiated change. In the meantime, numerous artists with their studios or galleries and cultural initiatives have settled here. A municipal quarter cooperative, InWest eG, offers a setting for different actives within the quarter. Among other things, it rents vacancies and passes them on to interested creatives.

    Additionally, the website www.unionviertel.de takes care of the visibility of culture, economy, gastronomy and the quarter’s social life. Affordable housing in the area is in demand, especially with students, and purposeful support by public authorities is aimed at securing spaces for Creative Industry experiments for the future.  

     

  • Contact

    Stadt Dortmund (City of Dortmund)

    Kulturbetriebe Dortmund

    Abt. 41/BGL

    Park der Partnerstädte

    44135 Dortmund

    Germany

     

    Thomas Weiß

    Phone: +49 (0) 231 502 302 6

    Fax: +49 (0) 231 502 544 3

    E-Mail: tweiss(at)stadtdo.de

    Internet: www.dortmund.de

     

     

    Stadtteilgenossenschaft (Neighbourhood Cooperative)

    InWest eG

    Huckarder Str. 12

    44137 Dortmund

    Germany

     

    Frank van Lieshaut

    Phone: +49 (0) 231 286 781 93

    E-Mail:frank.vanlieshaut(at)inwest-do.de