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Within the research programme Experimental Housing and Urban Development surveys are assigned, concerning scientific questions. These surveys are differentiated in special surveys, which are realised within the context of fields of research (the results are published on the particular sides), and studies, dealing with independent topics.


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Urban social diversity – city districts subject to demand pressure

For several years, major cities in economically strong regions – but also smaller university towns – have been experiencing a strong growth in population. This presents the cities with new problems, such as tense housing markets, scarcity of affordable housing, rising rents and displacement – particularly in city centres and neighbouring districts. Within the scope of twelve case studies, methods have been developed for an in-depth evaluation of changes occurring in the social diversity in urban districts, to describe and evaluate the phenomenon on a differentiated basis, and to identify indications  where controls are needed.

Project duration: February 2015 – January 2018

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Smart Cities – Web-Based Media in Urban Development: Participation and Civic Engagement in the Digital Society

The internet keeps on turning into the basic technology of society. In urban development it became important as well, by opening up new ways of participation. Under slogans such as 'participation 2.0', 'transparency 2.0' or 'collaboration 2.0' the possibilities of this development are being discussed. The present study focuses on the use of web-based media in urban development and analyzes the effects of its use for planning processes, actor constellations and possibilities of participation. Furthermore possible courses of action, how a participative urban development can be promoted through web-based media, will be outlined.

Project duration: October 2015 – December 2017

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Garden City 21 – a new model for urban development in densely structured conurbations – vision or utopia?

The current challenges of urban development in conurbations are diverse and increasingly linked with the desire for new forms of urban living, which display parallels to the the garden city movement of the early 20th century. This gives rise to the proposition that the ideas of that time have gained a new significance today. The extent to which the concept of the garden city is applicable to urban development in today's conurbations was examined and visualised in a future laboratory. The objective here was to think beyond the limits of what’s possible today to enable new conceptual approaches and solutions.

Project duration: November 2015 – July 2017

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Smart Cities – Development of an urban development policy framework

This project investigated the effects of digitalization on future urban development, the opportunities it offers, and the risks involved. On the basis of four scientific expertise on selected topics and the involvement of an interdisciplinary work group consisting of people with a science, business and municipality background, guidelines for the future development of "Smart Cities" were derived.

Project duration: September 2015 – July 2017

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Local Alliances for Affordable Housing and Building in Selected Fields of Action

With the national Alliance for Affordable Housing and Building (German: Bündnis für bezahlbares Wohnen und Bauen), the Federal Ministry of Building brought a new committee to life in order to overcome current housing policy challenges. The goal is to cover increasing need for accommodation in regions with strong demand while simultaneously accounting for social, demographic, and power requirements. This study, a subproject of the Alliance, should work out the relevant fields of action for local alliance processes on the municipal level. The experiences of the municipalities are a building block from which one can learn and bring findings into the overall process.

Project duration: January 2015 - July 2017

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Use of non-residential buildings for the accomodation and housing of refugees

The accommodation of refugees was a significant challenge for the German municipalities in face of the severe increase in refugee numbers in 2015. A large range of initial accommodations had to be provided and solutions for long-term housing had to be found. The report researched how and to what degree the conversion of non-residential buildings, especially in prospering cities, could contribute to the accommodation and housing of refugees.

Project duration: May 2016 – April 2017

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Participatory instruments for immigrants

The research project "Participatory instruments for immigrants" highlights an important topic of integrated urban development. The study focused on neighbourhoods that are part of the urban development programme "Soziale Stadt". In this context it explored how the participation of people with migrant backgrounds in (local) urban development issues may be strengthened and how the access of migrants to local social facilities and social services may be improved.

Project duration: October 2015 – April 2017

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Operational objectives for urban greenspace and their empirical evidence

Urban greenspace is a basic public service and an essential part of a healthy, (biologically) diverse city with a high quality of life. These issues are becoming more relevant in the face of climate change, environmental degradation, urbanisation and increased immigration. In the light of the above, indicators and parameters are becoming more and more important politically. Although there are many qualitative goals and quantitative urban greenspace parameters, there is a lack of empirical analysis concerning their practical implementation in urban development and urban politics and if these goals and parameters are expedient. As part of the research cluster “Greenspaces in the city” this research focussed on these issues, generated the necessary empirical data and developed recommendations for the development and management of urban greenspaces.

Project duration: September 2015 – April 2017

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