Case: Solingen, North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

  • Teresa SpragueEmail author
  • Kathrin Prenger-Berninghoff
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Climate Resilient Societies book series (PSCRS)


The chapter focuses on the German case study Solingen and first provides the reader an idea of location and local conditions. It points out the main actors and describes to what extent “resilience” as a concept or guiding principle has been acknowledged. Subsequently, main issues and consequences related to extreme weather events faced by urban drainage and urban land use planning are explained in detail. The chapter draws attention to various projects the city has been carrying out to support the elaboration of an integrated urban drainage concept and water sensitive urban design (WSUD). In this context, it highlights different solutions and illustrates specific measures that have been realized. It concludes with a comparison of presented measures and their contribution to principles of resilience as well as a table which summarizes the main challenges of the city, selected strategies, and progress achieved toward building resilience.


Urban drainage Heavy rainfall Rainwater disposal Urban planning Water sensitive urban design (WSUD) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Woodard & Curran Inc.San FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Urban and Transport PlanningRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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