In-LUST - Institute for sustainable urban development
In-LUST (Institute for sustainable urban development) is an interdisciplinary institute, housed at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, in which a team of professors and research assistants from the fields of architecture and urban development, energy and environment, social and cultural affairs, as well as economics and consumption jointly conduct research. An offshoot of the research project LUST (Liveable and environment-friendly Urban SiTe, 2013-2016), it is funded by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia within the framework of the "FH Competence" programme over a period of five years.
The objective of In-LUST is to help develop cities that are worth living in and environmentally friendly. The key characteristic is a transdisciplinary approach, by which it seeks to initiate sustainable change processes and innovations in urban districts. The cornerstones are: research by experts from different disciplines, participation of stakeholders in the population, in politics, associations, companies, craft industries, social institutions, neighbourhood initiatives, etc. and transfer of the results into practice. To mesh research, teaching and practice, In-LUST involves students and doctoral candidates and publishes its research findings and results.
On an academic/theoretical level, In-LUST examines the meaning of terms such as sustainable, environmentally friendly and livable as well as the terms’ interdisciplinary relationships. The institute devises procedures for the development of our cities and tests them on site in urban districts.
One of In-LUST’s focal points are publicly funded projects, often with a strong transfer character, as evidenced by the formulation and implementation of integrated concepts for urban districts. The cooperation of various disciplines in interdisciplinary teams fosters a broad repertoire of methods and skills to be used in a high-quality and interdisciplinary manner. Direct cooperation with local practice partners also allows for a transdisciplinary approach.
Interdisciplinary teaching is the third task of In-LUST, alongside research and transfer. Different teaching formats are offered, ranging from a homogeneous group of students, led by an interdisciplinary team of university professors, to interdisciplinary groups of students, working together on a project. This approach fosters participants’ holistic view, be they students or faculty.
More information can be found on the german websites of the institute.