Campus of the Future
Goal – best conditions for research and teaching in future too
Even today, the RUB still abides by the ideas laid out by the campus planners in the 1960s: equality of all sciences, at close proximity to facilitate cooperation, a cosmopolitan approach revealed by the so-called international style of architecture without majestic symbolism, the unity of research and teaching with comprehensive corresponding support from a central service infrastructure.
We continue to work at the best possible implementation of these principles so that in future too, the campus will also offer the best conditions for research and teaching. In the long term, the campus and city should grow closer together. A corresponding master plan for the next few decades has been drawn up jointly by the university and the city.
Strategy – reflecting the inner structures on the outside
The campus of the future will reflect our values "People-centred – Cosmopolitan - High-performance" on the large and small scale. An inviting central entrance area will welcome new arrivals and offer initial guidance. Service and cultural facilities such as library, administration, student counselling, the refectory, child-care centre and music centre are positioned around the new complex, making them quickly and easily accessible for everyone on the campus, while also acting as meeting points.
Every institute building will have a central entrance area, providing information and guidance for visitors. Lecture halls and teaching rooms will each be located in the parts of the building facing the centre of the campus, clearly placing a focus on teaching and keeping distances short for the students. Research is then accommodated in the direct vicinity of the teaching areas, in the parts of the building facing outwards, with larger research institutes and workshops adjoining in the outer sections of the campus.
Implementation – realising an overall concept step by step
The first steps towards modernising the campus have already been taken: the ID building is now in use, the child-care centre is under construction and work on the GD building is about to start. Gradually, all buildings will then be thoroughly modernised.
For the time being, some institutes and departments have relocated to buildings outside the campus so that work can continue even during the construction phase.