Planerladen - Association for the Promotion of Democratic Town Planning and Area-Based Community Work (e.V. / registered association)

civil society non-profit based in Dortmund Nordstadt, which is one of the sites under review. The organisation’s character is actually that of a multi-cultural hybrid that functions in many ways as an intermediary between the secluded realms of different groups of citizens, market forces, and the administrative and political sector.


Prof. Dr. Reiner Staubach

Reiner Staubach (Dr. rer. pol.) is spatial planner and professor of Planning-oriented Sociology, Planning
Methods & Theory, at the Faculty of Architecture, Interior Design and City-Planning, Technische Hochschule
Ostwestfalen-Lippe, University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Detmold.

Dennis Zilske

Dennis Zilske is a spatial planner (TU Dortmund University) with more than 12 years of experience working
for Planerladen in a broad variety of projects, most of them with the aim to involve people from the more vulnerable
and in traditional forms of participation often times neglected groups.

Ali Şirin

Ali Şirin is social scientist (University of Duisburg-Essen) with a focus on Sociology. He is working with Planerladen since 2007 and was involved in a number of projects focusing on the integration of migrants.

Research site

Nordstadt, Dortmund, Germany

Urban neighbourhood with an intense arrival dynamics since the 1960s, from Turkey, Eastern Europe (Roma),  Middle East.