Renewing urban areas

At first, this chapter gives an outline of the situation and the development of the cultural life in general and then of the top culture and selected events. At the beginning of the economic development of the Ruhr there have been no time and no interests to establish a refined cultural infrastructure. Those who came first of all wanted to work and to earn money. The image of the Ruhr as a region without culture maintained as there was no bourgeoisie to take influence. It was not until the last decades that plenty of cultural places came into being causing the densest and most diversified cultural region in Europe.

Due to extended old-industrial brownfields urban renewal has been enriched by new potentials as for urban nature, urban agriculture and the production of energy.

Source: all pictures by RVR-photo archive
Pictures of the Ruhr Area