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: Completed Project duration: December 2019 – June 2021

Youth projects in structurally weak and rural areas Type: Research Project

As numerous successful youth participation projects in recent years have shown, young people want to – and are able to – play an active role in shaping their living environment and in the development of their town or city. Until now, research has focused on projects in …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: November 2019 – February 2021

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

People and Success Stories 2019 Type: Research Project

The focus of the competition "Menschen und Erfolge 2019" was "Living in small towns and communities of rural areas" and searched for projects that have successfully contributed to the improvement of housing and the living environment. A total of 136 entries were …

Programme: MORO Status: Completed Project duration: November 2018 – February 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

From Urban Redevelopment to an Urban Transformation Strategy
Type: Research Project

The aim of the project was a systematic review of the state of the debate on questions of sustainable transformation to compare the corresponding results with existing urban redevelopment concepts in Germany. The aim was to develop an "urban transformation strategy" …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: November 2017 – November 2019

Evaluation concept for the implementation of the framework agreement on serial and modular construction Type: Research Project

Serial and modular construction is considered to have great potential for creating affordable living space. In order to promote the development of the market for these types of construction, the Bundesverband deutscher Wohnungs- und Immobilienunternehmen e.V. (Federal …

Programme: Future Building Status: Completed Project duration: December 2018 – November 2019

Concepts for future urban traffic Type: Research Project

Communities are challenged by sustainable mobility and the integration of transport development and urban planning. The success of implementation has been very different so far. The research project analysed communal mobility plans systematically. With discussions in an …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: November 2017 – February 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

Smart Cities - Gamification, Prediction Markets, Wikis & Co: New knowledge for cities Type: Research Project

Cities Countries, Data Rivers? Digitalization means: More knowledge than ever is available. Data can be gathered, connected and analyzed in innovative ways. Communication and decision-making processes in cities and urban planning are undergoing rapid changes. This …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: November 2015 – May 2018

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