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City in China

Findings for recent questions of sustainable urban development are presented after three and a half year joint research and discussion of European and Chinese experts in the project TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA.

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From autumn 2021, it will once again be possible to test living and working in Görlitz, the easternmost city in Germany, located directly at the Polish border. The project “Testing the City of the Future – A living and working experiment for a climate neutral city of Görlitz” focuses on a new aspect. The participants are to support Görlitz with their ideas and expertise on the path to more sustainability. To do this, they can try out the city as a place to live, work and live for three months.

Raumbilder Lausitz 2050

Spatial visions for a future-oriented development of Lusatia - they will be created by July as part of the planning laboratory "Raumbilder Lausitz 2050" (Spatial Images Lusatia 2050 - Designing Sustainable Transformation). 24 national and international teams applied to take part, and four of them were selected. The planning laboratory has now officially started with a two-day kick-off event at the end of March and excursions to the region in the midst of structural transformation in April.

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Innenstadt Görlitz

The COVID-19 pandemic will leave its mark on many historic city centres. Consequences for the urban space can already be assessed and solution strategies developed. Using the example of the Historic Towns Working Group, Erik Mann, a graduate of the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), has investigated in his Master's thesis what influence the Corona pandemic could have on the inner cities and their further development. The most important results are summarised in a policy paper. The work was supervised by Prof. Dr. Robert Knippschild from the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional…

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For the first time, researchers from various institutions, including the IOER, have systematically examined the stock of non-residential buildings in Germany. The result is the "Research databank on non-residential buildings". It will be the focus of the final project conference on April 28 and 29. The conference will be held in digital form. Interested parties from politics, administration, business and science are invited to discuss the results with the project team. The deadline for registration is 18 April.

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Hand mit Ähre

How can the world's population be fed safely, fairly and sustainably in the future? This question will be addressed at a Food Systems Summit announced by the UN Secretary General for 2021. The IOER is providing scientific support on the way to the summit. The objective is to derive possible paths and dynamics of change from the perspectives of different groups of actors and from the negotiation processes.

In the EU project SPOT, the IOER is conducting research on new forms of cultural tourism in Lusatia, a region in the south of the federal state of Brandenburg. The research also includes investigations in the case study areas. In October 2020, a team from the IOER surveyed the population in the Lieberose/Oberspreewald district. Initial results are now available.

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three people in front of the IOER

A new cohort of the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) started at the beginning of March. The fellows of the DLGS 2021 will spend three years researching challenges of spatial sustainability transformations. DLGS 2021 focuses on "heat and drought in urban contexts". The application period for cohort number 12 starts in June.

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Bike Sharing in Dresden

The editorial board of the journal "GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society", published by oekom-Verlag, gave an honorable mention to the article "From niche to mainstream: the dilemmas of scaling up sustainable alternatives". One of the authors is Markus Egermann from the IOER.

Since autumn 2017, an interdisciplinary team of researchers and practice partners has been investigating how urban districts and buildings can be better adapted to summer heat in the project "HeatResilientCity". The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is now funding the project for another two years. Phase II will focus on the practical implementation of adaptation measures. The project also focuses on the issue of health.

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is jointly funded by the federal government and the federal states.

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This institute is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.