Annual Conference on the Urban Preservation of Historical Monuments 2020

  Busstation Wuppertal-Loh with biker Copyright: © Marcus Lumma

29th of October 2020, 9 am to 5 pm

Movement in the City: Mobility and Historical Monument Preservation

Mobility is facing a radical change. The upcoming changes have a great impact on the existing buildings and public spaces. For centuries, human mobility was reserved only for the privileged upper class. This changed with industrialization, which required the mass transportation of the workforce to the major industries, initially primarily by public transportation such as streetcars, which caused the first infrastructural breaks in the small-scale medieval city and at the same time created connecting lines to the surrounding countryside. The routes built for this purpose, and their later relocation to higher ground, segmented the ever-expanding city quarters. Since the invention of the petrol engine, mobility has increasingly shifted to motorized individual transport. The car-friendly city was the all-dominant model of modernity, especially in the reconstruction after World War II. The car with its space-consuming requirements for flowing and stationary traffic covered the entire body of the city like a foil down to its most delicate elements. With the climate crisis, the ever-increasing individual mobility has come into criticism. A paradigm shift towards deceleration and less harmful car traffic in inner cities opens up new opportunities for public space and a renaissance of the urban experience. This year's annual conference on the preservation of historical monuments addresses the questions about how changed mobility behavior affects the urban fabric, what new qualities can be gained from urban spaces and forms of use, but also how to deal with traditional traffic structures.


LWL-Industriemuseum Henrichshütte
Werksstraße 31-33, 45527 Hattingen


Fachgruppe Städtebauliche Denkmalpflege


Phone: 0241-80-95034