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Precautionary Risk Management in Regional Planning – Consolidation

Project completed: This MORO project further developed the integrated risk management approach with two model regions and the results are published in an action guide for risk management in regional planning.

Date: 30 September 2022 Document type: Research Project

Implementing the Territorial Agenda 2030

Project updated: The digital transformation promotes cooperation in rural areas and leads to organisational innovations. A new publication presents good examples from the participating regions in Europe.

Date: 02 September 2022 Document type: Research Project

Funding Guideline for Green Roofs and Facades ‒ Feasibility Study

Project completed: Green spaces in the city have a positive effect on the urban microclimate. The feasibility study investigated possible federal funding for building green spaces to contribute to climate change adaptation in dense urban structures.

Date: 01 September 2022 Document type: Research Project

Company succession in the construction industry

Project completed: In every second company in the construction industry, the owner is due to retire in the next 10 years. In absolute numbers, these are 163,000 companies. This is the result of the study "Company Succession in the Construction Industry".

Date: 24 August 2022 Document type: Research Project

Inventory investments 2020

Project completed: For the fourth time, the BBSR has determined investments in existing buildings in an extensive survey. Energy-saving measures and other modernization and repair measures were recorded for the residential and non-residential buildings.

Date: 24 August 2022 Document type: Research Project

Narratives in urban development

Publication (in German): What are narratives? What role do they play in the context of urban development? And how can they be meaningfully analyzed? This publication treats the relevance of narratives and sets out how they shape planning concepts as well as theoretical discourses.

Date: 16 August 2022 Document type: News

Spatial structure and importance of the airport landscape in Germany

Publication (in German): The air traffic infrastructure and the efficient connection to air traffic are relevant for securing the international competitiveness of the economy and the quality of life in Germany. The 23 main airports form the backbone for the transport of passengers and air freight.

Date: 25 July 2022 Document type: News

Small-scale trends in urban rental housing markets

Publication (in German): This current analysis of small-scale data on the rental housing markets in the IRB cities shows how diverse urban rental housing markets in Germany are.

Date: 23 June 2022 Document type: News

Increase in trading of rental housing portfolios in 2021

Publication (in German): In the year 2021, the trading volume on the market with existing housing portfolios increased significantly. This is due to one extensive corporate takeover in the fall of 2021. By contrast, the number of sales transactions has remained on the same level as in the previous years.

Date: 24 May 2022 Document type: News

Where new things are created

Publication (in German): The lignite mining regions in Germany are in an early phase of their transformation towards a sustainable energy supply. One and a half year after the Strucutral Strengthening Act came into force, the first government measures in the lignite phase-out regions will be reflected.

Date: 27 April 2022 Document type: News

Report on the situation and prospects for the construction industry in 2022

Publication (in German): Construction volume in Germany recovered last year's losses due to the Corona crisis - In particular the finish trades enjoyed tremendous growth rates over the previous years. Positive growth is furthermore estimated for all construction sectors in 2022.

Date: 10 March 2022 Document type: News

Our topics

Settlement in a wine-growing region (refer to: Spatial development)
View of the city of Bonn on the Rhine (refer to: Urban centres and regions)
Residential houses under construction (refer to: Building)
View of a clean modern residential complex (refer to: Housing and real estate)
a man is operating a futuristic digital interface (refer to: Digitalisation)
People have a barbecue party outdoors (refer to: Society)
clean energy power plant on a lake with wind turbines and solar panels (refer to: Energy, climate and the environment)
car and bicycle traffic in a city (refer to: Transport and mobility)

Current publications

Multi-Level Analysis of Urban and Spatial Development

original title: Stadtentwicklung beobachten, messen und umsetzen

Informationen zur Raumentwicklung (IzR) Issue 1/2021 |

Research News Research News Issue No. 1/2022 |

India, Germany and Europe

A Spatial Perspective at SDG 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth

BBSR-Analysen KOMPAKT Issue 05/2022 |

India, Germany and Europe

A Spatial Perspective at SDG 5 on Gender Equality

BBSR-Analysen KOMPAKT Issue 03/2022 |

Small Towns in Germany
BBSR-Analysen KOMPAKT Issue 02/2022 |

Data strategies for common good-oriented urban development

National Dialogue Platform Smart Cities

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The New Leipzig Charter:
Synthesis and focus

Empowering cities to act in pursuit of the common good

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of urban development for the common good

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