The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning

Publication New Urban Agenda in Action – Case Studies from a German Perspective

Cover: New Urban Agenda in Action – Case Studies from a German Perspective

Editor: BBSR Series: Individual publication Published: October 2016 ISBN: 978-3-87994-184-1 URN: urn:nbn:de:101:1-201611098620


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The study "New Urban Agenda in Action – Case Studies from a German Perspective" is understood as part of a German contribution to the debate on the tools and instruments necessary for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. The focus of the study is on the creativity and openness with which many German municipalities, urban regions, and urban networks face current and ever more complex transformation challenges. The looming changes to actor and process-oriented dialogued planning culture in Germany is shown through case studies.

The understanding of planning and building culture as a “process quality” increasingly focuses on the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders from government, civil society, business and industry. The case studies show that spatial planning is not a static system, but that planning approaches, instruments and projects must be allowed to dynamically evolve. At the same time, it must be made clear that existing spatial planning principles and instruments in Germany already provide a good framework for addressing the urban-spatial challenges currently facing German cities and municipalities.

In this sense, this publication should invite communities and planners around the world to a dialogue on process quality while also identifying specific tools and instruments that are transferable to other urban contexts.

Project management
Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR)
Division I 3 - European Spatial and Urban Development
André Müller ( )

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
Division for Urban Development Policy
Dr. Oliver Weigel, Tilman Buchholz

Research contractor
Urban Catalyst studio, Prof. Klaus Overmeyer
Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Luca Mulé, Dr. Cordelia Polinna


  1. What Are the Transformational Challenges Facing Germany?
  2. Regulations – Which Frameworks and Tools Steer Spatial Planning in Germany?
  3. Case Studies – Dialogic Planning as a New Model?

    3.1 Who Shapes the Objectives of Spatial Planning?

    3.2 How Do Goals Turn into Integrated, Actor-oriented Planning?

    3.3 Which Actors Build the City?

  4. Tool Box

Photo credits

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>> German
>> Spanish

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