Exhibition: "Land Consumption and Fragmentation"

An environmental problem of urban development

Frontpage Flyer
frontpage of the flyer of the exhibition

Around the world we find increasing levels of urbanisation. More than half of humankind already lives in cities, a proportion that is expected to rise to 70 percent by 2050. In this way, natural landscapes are being replaced by houses, squares and streets. Also in Germany more and more soil is being sealed and land built over.

The exhibition of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, which was shown for the first time in the Zentrum für Baukultur Sachsen aims to raise awareness of this environmental problem by illustrating urban development using the example of Dresden’s Elbe Valley. Visitors are informed of the diverse demands placed on land as a limited resource as well as solutions that help to reduce the ongoing consumption of land.

IOER Research on Land Use

A major research interest of the IOER is the development of land use in Germany. In particular, this topic is anchored in the research area "Monitoring of settlement and open space development"

The Monitor of Settlement and Open Space Development (IOER Monitor for short) also provides information on the development of land use. Through maps, tables and diagrams, the IOER Monitor uses a wealth of information to illustrate the development of settlements and open spaces throughout Germany. The Monitor makes use of topographical basic geodata, building-related cadastral data, geodata supplied by environmental authorities as well as statistical data. The latest geoinformatic methods are applied to combine, analyse and prepare this mass of information for interactive use.

Federal ministries and federal states, districts, municipalities as well as citizens can use this online service to trace the impact of land saving measures as well as landscape development in Germany. Data is currently available from 2000 onwards.

Click here for the IOER Monitor Website



Dr.-Ing. Gotthard Meinel
Phone +49 (0)351 46 79 254


A brochure of the exhibition can be downloaded here.

Current Venues

Currently the exhibition is not shown.

Previous Venues

Dreikönigskirche - Haus der Kirche
Haupstraße 23 01097 Dresden
Further information (German)

Kehl City
Garten der zwei Ufer
/Garden of the two shores
77694 Kehl

Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Urban Development (IOER)
(as part of the Dresden Science Night)
Weberplatz 1
01217 Dresden

ZfBK - Zentrum für Baukultur Sachsen
(im Kulturpalast Dresden)
Schloßstraße 2
01067 Dresden
Further information (German)