Hochschule Düsseldorf
University of Applied Sciences
Institut für lebenswerte und umweltgerechte Stadtentwicklung
Institute for Sustainable Urban Development

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Hochschule Düsseldorf -
University of Applied Sciences (HSD)


Counting approximately 11.000 students (2019), spread across 42 study programs, Hochschule Düsseldorf - University of Applied Sciences (HSD) is one of the largest universities in North-Rhine-Westphalia and is distinguished by practice-oriented teaching and research. 

In 2015 the new campus in Derendorf opened its doors. Its state-of-the-art facilities form the foundation for our research and teaching doctrines and unifies all faculties in one central location. The HSD offers a comprehensive range of both bachelor and master programs in the fields of arts, engineering, social sciences and economics. In addition, institutions like In-LUST, ZIES, Electrical Power Systems and many research projects make the​ HSD an innovative training centre that has established itself by adhering to ecological and economical paradigms in answering present-time research questions with a future-oriented attitude. HSD actively supports students and their projects. One example is the “e-Traxx” student team, which participates in the Formula Student with their own specially developed electric racing car.      Constantly observing the current state of technology and research, innovative and sustainable solutions are developed, that are implemented with the students. 

Furthermore, a broad network of experts promotes interdisciplinary methods and pass them on to future generations.

Minimal Impact - Maximum Output​


​An interdisciplinary Team of Hochschule Düsseldorf – University of Applied Sciences (HSD) participates in the student competition ‘Solar Decathlon Europe 2021 ...goes urban’ as one of 18 international teams to introduce their visions, concepts and products to solve an architectural planning task. Thereby, they have to cope with inner-city build-up and a fitting realization of a 1:1 House Demonstration Unit in Wuppertal in 2021.

HSD’s ‘Team MI-MO’ is facing the competition with the new urban profile with the motto ‘Minimal Impact - Maximum Output’. It means that implemented techniques and concepts have to add value to the location and create maximum benefit with minimal intervention. Four faculties and the Institute for Sustainable Urban Development (In-LUST) are involved in the interdisciplinary team.

The main advantage of our team is our multidisciplinarity. The team currently consists of students and nine professors from four different faculties, supported by other professors, academic and student staff, our workshop team and above all our partners.
Students from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies have studied the clientele of the Mirke district and contribute their thoughts to the planning of the apartments. Members of the Faculties of Mechanical and Process Engineering as well as Electrical Engineering and Information Technology develop strategies for energy supply and load management.
Supported by students of the newly added Faculty of Media, the team prepares the concepts and transfers them to public relations, via its website, as well as Facebook and Instagram.

For HSD, the nomination for participation is both a first big ‘stage win’ but also a proof of the well-functioning interdisciplinary collaboration of the faculties and between teachers and students.

Our partners


Energy Endeavor Foundation
University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf 

AIT (communication)
Albrecht Jung (electronic component)
Caparol (architectural paint)
Dessault Systems (software development)
ECBM GmbH (Consultant for Artificial Intelligence / Smart City)
Gira Giersiepen (electrical engineering component)
Holzius (wooden components)
Engineering office for building physics and building simulation Alware GmbH
Miele (household appliances)
Petershaus Holzbau (general contractor for prefabricated houses and wooden components)
SMA Solar Technology (photovoltaic technology)
Transsolar (geoengineering)
Vaillant (heating technologies)​







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