Linlin Wei CV -

Linlin Wei

Linlin Wei joined the URBANgrad team and began her doctoral study at Fachgebiet Entwerfen und Reginalentwicklung in 2013. She holds a bachelor and master degree in Urban Planning and Design from Tianjin University, China. She has great interests in urban greening and realistic measurements to respond to urban problems with urban green systems. Her master thesis focused on the capacity of urban green space in carbon sequestration to connect urban greening with climate change. In her PhD research, she engages not only with green concepts, but also with the reality of large-scale green systems in implementation and management, to understand the mechanism of translating urban greens from utopic ideas to concrete practices.

PhD Project

From Concept to RealityThe Framework of a Project-oriented Incremental Approach for the Implementation and Management of Large-scale Urban Green Structure – the Case of the Frankfurt Greenbelt

The Frankfurt Greenbelt is a twentieth-century planning legacy now shifting from a structural responsibility to a package of policies, from separated land use to multi-functionality. This transition does not happen alone, but rather follows the changing theories of urban planning, which is formed where expert-led perspectives confront collaborative and participatory concepts. Despite all the critics, the concept of a greenbelt is still a useful tool, though it is not the only one. Cities with problematic greenbelts, or those in the process of creating them, need reform to adapt to new situations, and to merge the greenbelts into the diverse and multi-functional patchwork of local contexts. However, challenges also arise from the conflicts brought by different functions, and little has been discussed on how multifunction is implemented and managed in reality.In this study, the existing experiences of different approaches for the implementation of greenbelts are reviewed and compared to show advantages and limitations. The Frankfurt greenbelt is taken as a case study to demonstrate a project-oriented incremental approach in the implementation and management process. This pragmatic approach could be used as an incremental reform as well as a practical method in other large-scale urban green structures, and thus has great potential to aid in the realization of sustainable green structures.

University Studies and Degrees

Since 2013 Doctoral Studies(Fachbereich Architektur, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany)
09/2009-08/2012 Master of Urban Planning and Design(School of Urban Planning, College of Architecture, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China)
09/2004-08/2009 Bachelor of Urban Planning and Design(School of Urban Planning, College of Architecture, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China)

Professional Experiences

Since 2013 Academic Assistant, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
07/2008-09/2008 Urban Designer and Architect, ECADI, Shanghai, China

Scholarships and Awards

11/2012-11/2016 PhD Scholarship, China Scholarship Council
2008 National Scholarship, second prize, China


  • Graduate School for Urban Studies (URBANgrad), Technische Universität Darmstadt