The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning

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Urban centres and regions

Urban areas and their surroundings are constantly changing. The effects raise many planning, building and socioeconomic questions. The BBSR analyses the development of German towns and cities, helping to develop funding and research programmes for sustainable urban development.

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Research projects

Bundespreis Stadtgrün 2022

Status: Completed Project duration: July 2021 – November 2022

Successful strategies and barriers to the implementation of integrated urban development concepts

Status: Completed Project duration: January 2021 – December 2022

All research projects on the topic

Publications on the topic


Research News Research News Issue No. 1/2023 |

India, Germany and Europe

A Spatial Perspective at SDG 7 on Affordable and Clean Energy

BBSR-Analysen KOMPAKT Issue 01/2023 |

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

Individual publication

The New Leipzig Charter:
Synthesis and focus

Empowering cities to act in pursuit of the common good

Individual publication


of urban development for the common good

Individual publication

Multi-Level Analysis of Urban and Spatial Development

original title: Stadtentwicklung beobachten, messen und umsetzen

IzR (Informationen zur Raumentwicklung) Issue 1/2021 |

German Small Town Academy – Pilot Phase

Empowerment of Small Towns through collaboration, consulting and networking

Individual publication

The urban dimension in the EU Cohesion Policy in Germany

EU Funding Period 2014–2020

Individual publication

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