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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New Urban Agenda of the United Nations: characterising, measuring and visualising the progress of its implementation across various levels Type: Research Project

Compact urban development, the efficient use of resources, mobility in cities and regions as well as the well-being of all are the core messages of the New Urban Agenda adopted by the United Nations as global guiding principle of modern urban development. From 2022, the …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Ongoing Started: Seit December 2019

Evaluation of the 2016 housing benefit reform Type: Research Project

The study has analysed the development of housing benefit (Wohngeld) in the period 2009 to 2015 and presents the resulting need for reform (including ex ante expectations). An ex post impact analysis of the 2016 housing benefit reform was also conducted. Furthermore, …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: October 2017 – July 2020

Global urban transformation: involving New Urban Agenda, SDGs and the Paris Agreement into Germany‘s local and national urban development Type: Research Project

International and European agreements like the New Urban Agenda, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and the Urban Agenda for the EU give new impetus and place demands on cities. In order to make municipalities future-compliant and to …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: September 2017 – October 2019

Micro-simulation of housing benefit and structural improvement of related inducements Type: Research Project

In Germany, social housing policy is effected by the means of direct subsidization through the subsistence welfare system (Grundsicherung) and the housing benefit system (Wohngeld). The research project has analysed possibilities for improvement of the structural …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: September 2016 – August 2019

Thinking about the city of "übermorgen" Type: Research Project

In addition to current tasks, urban development policy must also focus on long-term developments. The project "Thinking about the city of 'übermorgen' " (day after tomorrow) examined central drivers and trends in urban development and their effects on urban …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: December 2016 – December 2018

Allotment gardens in transition – innovations for dense spaces Type: Research Project

The demand for allotment gardens is increasing in large cities and compacted areas, where it is facing increasing demands for building land, green spaces and open spaces, as well as areas for nature conservation and climate control. The study – based on a current …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: July 2017 – December 2018

Common good oriented housing policy – spheres of activity, potentials and good examples by foundations and other non-profit players Type: Research Project

The common good oriented establishment and management of residences has shifted in the focus of public attention over the last years. In the realm of this research project a structured overview of the respective market actors, representative projects and examples of …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: November 2017 – April 2019

Proof of the energy standard for implementing a climate component in housing benefit Type: Research Project

In apartments with a high energy standard, the basic rent is often higher than the maximum amounts under § 12 Housing Benefits Act (Wohngeldgesetz). As a result, they are often not affordable for housing allowance recipients. The examination of the extension of the …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: October 2017 – December 2018

Investigation of selected Interreg IV B projects for impacts achieved and central success factors Type: Research Project

The support of a well-balanced economic, social and territorial development in Europe has been a focal area of financial assistance within the framework of the Interreg programmes. In the light of the partially significant differences in development within Europe, the …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: April 2015 – June 2017

Knowledge transfer for urban development 2017 Type: Research Project

The concept as a learning programme contributes decisively to the success of urban development. With three workshop discussions on the topics "Participation in Urban Development", "Conclusion of Urban Development Measures" and "Economic Effects of Urban Development", …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: January 2017 – February 2018

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