80ies and Länder level in Northrhine-Westfalia in the 80ies and
including model programs and investment subsidies for urban renewal,
calming, bicycle promotion and innovative public transport.
have been deeply engaged in a fight for livable places, vital public
public transport and a world with less cars and more attractiveness for
and walking. I am fighting against extremely expensive and gigantic
infrastructure projects like the Stuttgart 21 underfloor station or the
different high speed train projects of the Trans European Networks.
integrate new trends in mobility behavior into my conceptual work and
effort into the future of car sharing, car2Go and bike sharing concepts
flexible organization of public transport including modern paratransit.
believe in a splendid future of the green modes worldwide.
running the private planning and
consulting agency raumkom Institute
spatial development and communication in which 7 young scientists
are working hard to convince decision makers on all administrative
change the ordinary business as usual practice for courageous
innovations. The main office is located in Trier.
Increase the desire for a
Though I have collected many data about critical aspects of our
strongly believe in the necessity of positive visions of a better life
more efficient mobility with less cars. I want to show the advantages
modern, innovative, sustainable organization of transport with a high
level and a better efficiency. We have the choice to waste or to use
chances. So I prefer positive forecasts.
Intense use of mass media
Reasonable research needs publicity for good ideas. That is the reason
cooperate as often as possible with mass media. They may support the
distribution of new ideas and concepts with their broadcast, TV,
journal stories, telling about the great successes which can be reached
innovative planners and politicians. I have prepared several
greening urban transport either through cycle and walking promotion
and RADLUST 2.0) or attractive transit investment (SPURWECHSEL).
abroad (f.e. Copenhagen, Zurich, Basel, Oxford, Münster,
Boulder, Portland, Paris) is a constant source of inspiration.
Why do politicians block
The programs of most political parties are not at all innovative when
to transport, mobility and urban development. They still concentrate
efforts on an expansion of the inefficient car system, by funding
network and car parking capacity expansion and defending privileges for
owners and car manufacturers. And they continue the strategy of urban
You hardly find prominent politicians who really believe in the future
of the green modes and support them by changing the administrative and
My vision: change is
After having fought for a radical change in urban and transport
concepts I still believe in the chance for a change, if we combine the
innovative experiments of selected towns as mentioned above. There are
good reasons for a change, some reasons have to do with the global
climate change, energy waste and public health, others are more
relevant on the
national and local level such as the quality of urban environment and
interaction on public spaces. The postfossile age needs new answers.
life style includes much more inter- and multimodality and a high
among more and more people that efficiency will be a central criteria
future: space efficiency and energy efficiency. Both aspects
us to give much more priority to the three green modes of walking,
public transport including car and bike sharing. Spatial planning needs
to reduce distances and increase land use densities and mixture.
fight for a better and more sustainable future, wherever we have
responsibilities. I invite you to go through the different pages, to
of the presented material and to start a dialogue by contacting me