Spatial development in Germany
For the support of the spatial planning policy of the Federal Government and the Federal States, the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) conducts nationwide analyses of spatial development and produces forecasts for future spatial development. The analyses are multidisciplinary and cross-sectional and relate to different spatial categories. The relations to the neighbouring countries of Germany are taken into account in this case. The tools of spatial planning, official plans and programmes, and also the rather informal spatial development concepts and cooperation, are documented and analysed according to their application. With this the BBSR offers a nationwide information basis that transcends the borders of the Federal States for the discussion on a sustainable spatial development and the effectiveness of the instruments used for the implementation of this principle.