According to the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WGBU), the Great Transformation is about a holistic change of the fossil economical system towards climate compatible sustainability and higher quality of life. Already today, half of mankind is living in cities - in Germany more than 80 %. That is why cities play a central role in transformation research.
Today, two large-scale ecological transformation processes are taking place in the city of Bottrop. On the hand, the Emscher in the north of the city will be renatured. The river Emscher, which up to now has been used as a sewer, runs through the whole Ruhr area. In a 20 years long reconstruction process, the Emscher will become a nearly natural river again. On the other hand, Bottrop has won the competition of InnovationCity Ruhr. In spring 2010 the Initiativkreis Ruhr initiated this competition in order to find the climate city of the future. The aim of InnovationCity Ruhr is to reduce the CO2-emissions by 50 % until 2020 and to become a role model for climate friendly change for the whole Ruhr area.
According to the WGBU, the successful implementation of such transformation processes depends on the acceptance, legitimation and participation of the society. This research work shows by a method triangulation of interviews with eight citizens of Bottrop and a collage-technique, which attitudes and preferences the citizens of Bottrop have regarding urban life. The central question is: What does quality of live mean to the citizens and how can it fit into the concept of the Great Transformation? In a second part, connecting factors and conflicting interest in the transformations processes of the Emscher reconstruction and InnovationCity Ruhr will be shown.
This thesis has been developed in collaboration with the Wuppertal Institute and the University of Duisburg-Essen in the master degree course "Urban culture, society and space".
Urbane Lebensqualität und die Große Transformation
Urbane Lebensqualität im Kontext von Transformationsprozessen zur Nachhaltigkeit -
eine Untersuchung am Beispiel der Stadt Bottrop mit InnovationCity Ruhr und Emscher-Umbau
Wuppertal 2014, ISBN 978-3-929944-94-5
(Wuppertaler Studienarbeiten zur nachhaltigen Entwicklung no. 7)