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Prof Wulf Daseking
C/O Bartlett School of Planning Office
  • Visiting Professor
  • The Bartlett School of Planning
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Wulf Daseking was Director of City Planning for Freiburg for 25 years, during which time he oversaw the transformation of the city into a model of sustainable excellence as recognised by the Academy of Urbanism's 'European City of the Year' award in 2010. In the same year Wulf Daseking was appointed Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Freiburg and Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. 

Professor Daseking was educated at ETH Zurich (1972) and the Technical University of Hannover (1973) before joining the German civil service. His was appointed Director of Planning for Muelheim / Ruhr in 1978 before transferring to Freiburg in 1984.

Research Summary
The philosophy of Freiburg's development is set out in the 2012 Charter for Sustainable Urbanism: 

Since I started working as a planner I have advocated the development of dense,
heterogeneous cities, urban development that is oriented towards public transportation,
decentralised urban development and cities of short distances that enjoy social
equilibrium and differentiated citizen participation.

Development processes must include all stages of urban planning from formulating
concepts to final, detailed implementation – an all-around approach to urban planning !
Seen in this context, planning ceases to be governed exclusively by budgets and
becomes a question of attitude. The overriding principle is to achieve a balance between
economy, ecology, cultural diversity and most importantly - social aspects. To a great
extent, urban planning is social planning !

“Civitas – quo vadis“? The ecological renovation of our cities and the effects of
demographic changes, together with endeavours to adresse the problems of social
imbalance, will be the main topics of future urban planning.
Teaching Summary
Lecturer of city planning at Freiburg University / Academy of Administration and

Examiner on the Bonn Regional Examining Board for technical and administrative
civil servants in higher civil service in the field of city planning

Special prize adjudicator for competitions and compiler of expert reports

Speaker at home and abroad on topics related to the topic of city planning

Responsible for setting and marking dissertations for degree candidates
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