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Climate adaptation and standardisation procedures

Project completed: The climate is changing: hazards from heat, floods and heavy rain are increasing. What does this mean for building standards and technical rules? How can standards help to make buildings more resilient?

Date: 24 January 2023 Document type: Research Project

Practicability check ‒ development orders

Project completed: There is a lot of waste land in Germany. The research project investigated the question how the previously rarely used development order under Section 176 BauGB (German Federal Building Code) can be deployed more frequently and efficiently in order to promote housing construction.

Date: 19 January 2023 Document type: Research Project

Digital learning labs of the City of Oldenburg

Project completed: The ExWoSt project Digital Learning Labs of the City of Oldenburg was intended to improve the citizen participation of the population in urban planning and the formation of social coexistence.

Date: 19 January 2023 Document type: Research Project

How up-to-date are spatial development plans in Germany in 2021?

Publication (in German): State-wide and regional spatial structure plans are regularly updated. The Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) monitors this development via its Regional Spatial Structure Plan Monitor (ROPLAMO).

Date: 18 January 2023 Document type: News

Impacts of the Covid-19 crisis in border regions

Project completed: This study analyses the effects of the covid crisis in German border regions. The evolution of the pandemic and its consequences in the different regions are described quantitatively. The analysis is further detailed in four case studies and in the French-German border area.

Date: 02 January 2023 Document type: Research Project

Report on urban development funding 2020/21

Publication (in German): The BBSR publishes a report on the Urban Development Support programme every two years. This first report deals with the transition of the programme to a new structure. The authors also take a look at future main topics and tasks.

Date: 28 December 2022 Document type: News

Atlas of Urban and Regional Development

Publication (in German): The new Atlas of Urban and Regional Development by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) focuses on the spatial effects of COVID-19. Maps and graphs offer a multifaceted overview of regional differences in living conditions.

Date: 23 December 2022 Document type: News

Shaping the digital city: A guide for municipalities

Project completed: The project has developed a handbook that supports municipalities on their way to smart cities. It is not only intended to help developing digital strategies and projects, but also to raise awareness of the opportunities and risks of digital transformation.

Date: 22 December 2022 Document type: Research Project

Integrating migration, integration, and participation into integrated urban development concepts

Project completed: The objective of the project was to develop a practical guide that provides information on how the topics of migration, integration and participation can be anchored in integrated urban development concepts.

Date: 22 December 2022 Document type: Research Project

Evaluation of the Implementation of the Assessment System for Sustainable Building (BNB)

Project completed: The BNB has been used on numerous building projects and has created knowledge among stakeholders. This has prepared the ground for evaluating its effectiveness as a policy framework, a system of targets and as an instrument for assessing and ensuring quality.

Date: 22 December 2022 Document type: Research Project

Implementing the Territorial Agenda 2030

Project updated: The BBSR carries out one of six Europe-wide pilot actions of the Territorial Agenda 2030. In 2022, it focused on mobility. An English-language publication presents best practices from European regions involved.

Date: 22 December 2022 Document type: Research Project

Results and perspectives of transnational cooperation for territorial development

Project completed: The project supported the BMI and the BBSR in the field of transnational cooperation. It helped with the targeted approach of German partners, especially municipal and regional actors.

Date: 22 December 2022 Document type: Research Project

Housing and commercial real estate in Germany 2021

Publication (in German): What are the most important challenges facing the real estate market? This publication summarizes the experiential know-how of real estate experts gained from the annual survey of the "BBSR Real Estate Market Expert Panel".

Date: 09 December 2022 Document type: News

Home-ownership formation and living space consumption

Publication (in German): This publication presents the results of a scientific survey, which interviewed private home-ownership. The results are combined with forecasts on the development of per-capita living space, ownership rates and the developement of the number of households.

Date: 28 November 2022 Document type: News

Field trial for building stock of high conservation value

Project completed: The field trial for building stock of high conservation value examined a range of methodological approaches to identifying and surveying high conservation-value building stock. The findings were included in a practice-oriented work aid for municipalities.

Date: 22 November 2022 Document type: Research Project

City of übermorgen

Project completed: The project team played with various individual applications for working with questions relating to the urban future in collaboration with selected cities. The result is a comprehensive collection of trends consisting of 15 trend molecules and a method kit.

Date: 21 November 2022 Document type: Research Project

Narratives in urban development

Project completed: Narratives provide a crucial framework for all phases of urban development. An exploratory study now lays the foundations for a better understanding of narratives in urban development policy.

Date: 18 November 2022 Document type: Research Project

Baukultur Education: Current State, Requirements, Effectiveness

Project completed: Compared to other European nations, a general awareness in Germany of the concept of 'Baukultur' is relatively undeveloped. Architecture and urban development are rarely viewed in this country as an integral part of everyday life.

Date: 15 November 2022 Document type: Research Project

The potential of circular economy for rural development in Germany and Europe

Project started: Circular economy offers great potentials for rural regions, for instance, regarding regional resilience, a diversified economy, or new employment opportunities. The project collects transferable good practices from other European regions.

Date: 14 November 2022 Document type: Research Project

Population Dynamics in Medium-sized Towns – Interactive Town-portraits!

Project completed: Within the research project selected medium-sized towns were perambulated and analysed. The opinions of citizens about the growth of their towns were collected in digital workshops with representatives of three towns.

Date: 11 November 2022 Document type: Research Project

Effects of production and employment on construction investments

Project completed: The project examined how an additional demand for construction services affects overall economic production. As a result, one euro of additional construction demand leads to an increase in total economic output of 1.68 euros.

Date: 11 November 2022 Document type: Research Project

Improvement of the practicability of DIN V 18599 for residential buildings

Project completed: The goal of the research project was to significantly improve the applicability of DIN V 18599 for residential buildings.

Date: 04 November 2022 Document type: Research Project

Sales activity with housing portfolios in the first half of 2022 at a low level

Publication (in German): I the first half-year 2022, the trading volume on the market with existing housing portfolios dropped off. In addition to that, the number of sales transactions remained on a low level.

Date: 02 November 2022 Document type: News

Regional convergences in Germany

Publication (in German): In the context of adequately equal living conditions the dynamics of regional convergence processes are of great importance. The analysis shows the convergence of German regions between 2005 and 2020.

Date: 24 October 2022 Document type: News

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

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

Current publications

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Multi-Level Analysis of Urban and Spatial Development

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IzR (Informationen zur Raumentwicklung) Issue 1/2021 |

India, Germany and Europe

A Spatial Perspective at SDG 7 on Affordable and Clean Energy

BBSR-Analysen KOMPAKT Issue 01/2023 |

Structural hygiene in hospital construction

Planning recommendations for structural infection prevention in operating, emergency and intensive care and in normal nursing …

Zukunft Bauen: Forschung für die Praxis Issue Volume 24 (2nd extended edition) |

Research News Research News Issue No. 2/2022 |

Housing Policies in the EU Individual publication

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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