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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

Towards an Establishment of a Spatial Monitoring System for Neighbouring Regions

Project completed: BBSR's spatial monitoring system is to be supplemented in the medium term with continuous reporting on regions in neighbouring countries. In the project, the methodological and technical foundations of a permanent cross-border spatial monitoring system were developed.

Date: 17 October 2022 Document type: Research Project

Future of the building stock – Development prospects for key historic buildings

Project completed: Within the funding districts of the Urban Development Support programme, the project team researched municipal approaches to historically valuable key buildings in urgent need of intervention. The aim was to deliver highly transferable, practical insights.

Date: 14 October 2022 Document type: Research Project

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

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)
clean energy power plant on a lake with wind turbines and solar panels (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)

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Multi-Level Analysis of Urban and Spatial Development

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