Completed Project

Potentials of urban open spaces and housing stock for the ecological restructuring of a selection of East and West German large and mid-sized towns

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Potentials of urban open spaces and housing stock for the ecological restructuring of a selection of East and West German large and mid-sized towns

While in the past decades strategies for growth regarding urban development were required, town development in the future has to address the problems of shrinking cities. Against the background of demographic changes and an increasing share of unoccupied housing in cities the project examines, how open space and housing stock potentials can be maintained and used in the course of ecological town restructuring. These potentials are analysed according to their efficiency, their development potential, the way how they are perceived and whether they are used according to demand. Here the markedness of specific location qualities is considered.

For selected cities and types of urban areas group specific demands for housing and use of open space are established according to age group, household type and fields of activity by interviews of the local residents. Moreover, companies and planners are asked according to their selection criteria for detecting suitable locations. In selected categories of open space additional interviews of passersby are conducted that enable a characterization of user profiles.

In addition, a parallel census and assessment of open spaces and housing stock is undertaken in different types of urban areas to elicit potentials and deficits. By comparing current potentials with the demands that were detected previously and the user preferences, options for a demand-oriented development and arrangement of open space and housing stock are derived.

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Run time

2004-06/2006

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Arch.
Clemens Deilmann

Tel. + 49 (0)351 4679 251
C.Deilmann[im]ioer.de