Structural change has been changing the cities of the Ruhr area for decades. It’s a slow process that’s still going on. Who lives here, experiences this change very closely.
If you look at the district from the outside, it is difficult to see this development, because change is a slow phenomenon that only becomes visible in the boundary views between then and now.
In fact, the structural change describes the transformation of the Ruhr area, dominated by coal and steel, into the „Metropole Ruhr”. Once the coal and steel industry was the region’s leading economic sector.
With the change, many thousands of jobs have been lost, while more have been added outside the coal and steel industries.
With the founding of the first universities in Duisburg, Essen, Bochum, Gelsenkirchen and Dortmund, the centres of excellence increasingly shifted.
The Technical University Dortmund also attracted an entire industry in the aftermath. Today, the technology sector in Dortmund extends from the university far beyond the former Phoenix site.
Phoenix: Until 1998, this was a gigantic blast furnace plant in Dortmund’s Hörde district. Today, numerous architectural relics of brick still bear witness to these monumental industrial buildings.
It is precisely here that one of the largest innovation locations in Germany also offers fresh space for micro and nanotechnology companies in the converted buildings or on the wild industrial site of prehistoric times.
Bartels Mikrotechnik is also located here and is today part of the MST. factory – the first competence center for micro- and nanotechnology in Europe..
From “Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”:
10 minute walk
bus 445 (direction Technologiepark) until “MST.factory”
we are located on the opposite (street)
(The B54 can be reached via Autobahn A45 or A40)
Free parking spaces are available for visitors.