The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning

Publication Intercultural Impulses for Urban Development in Germany

D4C Method

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Editor: BBSR Series: BBSR-Analysen KOMPAKT Issue: 02/2016 Published: October 2016 ISBN: 978-3-87994-751-5 ISSN: 2193-5017 URN: urn:nbn:de:101:1-201610274577


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Against the background of global processes of urbanisation, the German Federal Government argues for intergovernmental urbanisation partnerships (see Publication 18/4924 of the German Bundestag "Leitlinien der Bundesregierung zur internationalen Zusammenarbeit für nachhaltige Urbanisierung – Partner in einer Welt der Städte"). The Government thus interlinks approaches of international cooperation with regard to harmonised and effective actions of Federal Ministries, Federal Agencies and Federal Research Institutes.

These cooperations should identify paths on how to shape in a sustainable way through joint and mutual learning the increasing global processes. This learning should be carried out on all relevant levels – on the national one as well as on the local one.

This volume presents a new learning method and thus contributes to answering the following core questions:

  • How do the learning laboratories, which are necessary for intercultural learning, look like?
  • How may the exchange of experiences be anchored in the daily administrative and planning routine?
  • Is a zooming of the experiences required?
  • Why is another form of urban research and policy advice necessary?

Author/ Project management:
André Müller ( )



  • Why do cities need learning city-networks?
  • Which are the main characteristics of the D4C Method?
  • Why is another form of urban research and policy advice necessary?
  • Which literature is available on the subject?
  • Which weblinks would be of interest?

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