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Simulation game on strategic settlement retreat - handbook for municipalities informs about results

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rural property in decay

In a model project of regional planning (MORO), the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) and partners have dealt with an often taboo topic of urban development: the managed retreat from small parts of towns with a low development perspective. In a simulation game it was discussed, without prejudice to the outcome, whether municipalities should withdraw from remote areas and how this could work. The results can be found in a handbook for municipalities, issue 15/2020 of the series "MORO Praxis". [Further information in German]

Future Conference 2020: Doing instead of talking - Future of the city beyond 2020

Logo of the project "Future of the city Dresden", yellow sign with the letters "Dresden" and a speech bubble with the letters "Zukunftsstadt

On 6 and 7 November, the project "The City of the Future" invites to the fifth future conference. Due to the current situation, the conference will take place virtually. Via live stream, interested people can discuss with those already active in the project and develop new ideas for a liveable future of Dresden. The IOER presents its accompanying research in the project "The City of the Future". [Further information in German]

Final conference of the EU project STRIMA II: Floods, heavy rainfall, droughts - acting in an integrated way, preventing damage

Logo of the project

On 20 November, the EU project STRIMA II will present the results of several years of research on Saxon-Czech flood risk management. The event will take place virtually. Scientists of the IOER present their research on flood damage to small rivers, buildings and agriculture. [more]

"Living the City " - Exhibition in Berlin-Tempelhof shows contributions from the "Testing the City” project of the IZS

(Photo: Schnepp Renou)
View into the exhibition hall

Until 20 December the exhibition "Living the City" can be seen in the former airport Berlin-Tempelhof. The exhibition about cities, people and stories also presents contributions from the "Testing the City – Living and Working in Görlitz" project, a project which was implemented in Görlitz by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Ecological and Revitalizing Urban Transformation (IZS) and its local partners. [more]

More biodiversity in cities - brochure with guidelines towards the creation of biodiversity strategies released

Detail of the Cover of the Broschure

One key result of the project "Urban Green Structures for Biodiversity – Integrated Strategies and Measures towards the Protection and Fostering of Biodiversity in Cities" is a brochure with guidelines towards the creation of biodiversity strategies. The brochure is entitled "Mehr biologische Vielfalt in Städten und Gemeinden – Eine Arbeitshilfe zur Erstellung kommunaler Biodiversitätsstrategien". It is available to cities across Germany (only available in German). The two implementing partners, the cities of Bielefeld and Heidelberg, developed exemplary parameters for their particular municipal biodiversity strategies and implemented actual measures in test areas. [Further information in German]

"Inclusive Urbanism": New open-access book addresses key issues of urban development worldwide

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View of a city: behind modern skyscrapers, in front a settlement of huts

More than half of the world's population is agglomerated in cities. According to a UN projection, approx. two thirds of the global population will be city dwellers by 2050. As urbanisation progresses, social aspects in urban development become ever more critical. Alongside TU Delft, Department of Urbanism and the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development Dresden (IOER), TU Dresden has now published the open access publication "Inclusive Urbanism", which is dedicated to major issues of urban development - both at local level and in a global context. The publication is a result of a collaboration between TU Dresden and TU Delft and edited by Wolfgang Wende, Steffen Nijhuis, Angela Mensing-de Jong and Melanie Humann. [more]

About us - IOER

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is a non-university research center, and a member of the Leibniz Association. Our subject is the sustainable development and transformation of cities and regions in the context of the global human-ecological crisis.

We investigate dynamic interactions between ecosystems and society at and across multiple spatial scales, as well as options for responsible stewardship. Our research is interdisciplinary, working across the social, natural and engineering sciences. It is also transdisciplinary, collaborating in knowledge co-production with stakeholders in the public, private and civil society sectors. We aim to foster just urban and regional transformations that enable humanity to thrive within a safe ecological operating space.

We are committed to comprehensive sustainability management for all our activities. We set great value on training young researchers and supporting academic careers. We also promote equal opportunities and the compatibility between work and family life. Our approach has therefore repeatedly received the TOTAL-E-QUALITY award.