The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning

Research projects

The Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) supports federal politics with its projects. The projects deal with current issues of spatial planning, urban development as well as building and housing. They reveal the need for political action and provide scientifically sound bases with which political instruments and measures can be further developed.

You can find an overview of current and completed research projects on this page. You can use the search function to search for specific topics using key words.

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Possibilities and Strategies for the German EU Council Presidency 2020 Type: Research Project

Between January 2018 and November 2020, two guiding documents for urban development in Europe were developed: The "New Leipzig Charter: The Transformative Power of Cities for the Common Good" and the related document "Implementing the New Leipzig Charter through …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: January 2018 – October 2021

Housing Policies in the European Union Type: Research Project

Housing policy is a central field of action for all member states of the European Union. The manifestation in each country is the product of an individual historical evolutionary path, local market structures as well as the national regulatory framework and …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: January 2018 – September 2021

Implementing the Territorial Agenda 2030 – local pilot actions and transfer of results at national and European level Type: Research Project

The EU Territorial Agenda 2030 is a political framework agreement of the EU member states on the key objectives of spatial development in Europe. Under the German EU Council Presidency, the EU ministers responsible for spatial planning adopted this document on 1 …

Programme: MORO Status: Ongoing Started: Since July 2020

Spatial effects of reactivated railway lines in rural areas by means of ex-post analysis Type: Research Project

The research project analysed the spatial effects of rail reactivation in rural areas. For this purpose, an inventory of possible effects was made to subsequently verify them with the help of indicators using trend analysis based on three selected successful …

Programme: Region gestalten Status: Completed Project duration: June 2021 – November 2021

Density and mixed-use: Innovative approaches to redensification in German and American cities Type: Research Project

Innovative, diverse, livable, and sustainable is how we want our cities to grow; this requires a sustainable and resilient redensification strategy. The project "Density & Mixed-Use: Innovative Approaches to Redensification in German and American Cities" aims to …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Ongoing Started: Since October 2021

Development of requirements for sustainable building for housing and funding programmes Type: Research Project

Against the background of increasing rents and the existing shortage of affordable housing in many large German cities and urban agglomerations, it is important to promote new dwellings that are both affordable and sustainable. The aim of the research project was to …

Programme: Future Building Status: Completed Project duration: August 2019 – March 2021

Urban Gardening (with forest gardens) – Feasibility study Type: Research Project

Urban gardening is a young, but for quite some time ongoing phenomenon that – to continue the metaphor – "grows and thrives", especially in large cities. The study provides an overview of the spread and typologies of urban gardening in Germany. It also identifies which …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: July 2020 – June 2021

Inventory Investments 2018: The Structure of Investment Activity in Residential and Non-residential Inventories Type: Research Project

Official statistics fail to adequately capture the market of existing buildings in German residential and non-residential construction. The goal of this research project was to gather topical and reliable data on inventory activities in residential and non-residential …

Programme: Future Building Status: Completed Project duration: October 2018 – March 2020

Forecasting German construction prices over the medium term Type: Research Project

German construction prices have soared in recent years. It was only in the course of the Corona pandemic 2020 and the associated macroeconomic slump that the price increase lost some momentum. Scarce production capacities in the construction sector and the recent surge …

Programme: Future Building Status: Completed Project duration: September 2019 – February 2021

Interreg: Spatial effects of transnational cooperation and their measurability Type: Research Project

Preparations for the 2021-2027 transnational cooperation programmes are in full swing. The aim of the project was to identify the specific spatial challenges within the cooperation areas that include Germany and to comment on the draft programmes from a German …

Programme: MORO Status: Completed Project duration: November 2018 – April 2021

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