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.

142 Search results

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

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

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

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

Climate resilient urban regeneration Type: Research Project

The project records the results of the research programme StadtKlimaExWoSt (Urban Strategies for Adapting to Climate Change) and other research looking at the implementation of climate adaption measures in municipalities. In ten case study cities, the factors of success …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: October 2017 – October 2020

The urban dimension in the EU structural policy 2014-2020 Type: Research Project

The project analysed the promotion of the urban dimension in the Structural Funding period 2014-2020 on the basis of all operational programmes (OP) in Germany. A focus was on the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) and the ESF (European Social Fund). Secondarily, …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: November 2018 – December 2020

Urban infrastructures within the "Stadtumbau" programme under growth and shrinking conditions Type: Research Project

This research project focused on measures in which funds provided by the “Stadtumbau” (urban restructuring) urban development funding programme were used to adapt urban infrastructures. The project examined reasons for as well as the planning and implementation of …

Programme: Urban development grants Status: Completed Project duration: February 2018 – December 2019

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

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