Foto: S. Witschas/IÖR-Media

Ausstellung in den Fenstern des ZfBK in Dresden

From February 3 to March 11, the Centre for Building Culture Saxony (ZfBK) in cooperation with the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) is showing the window exhibition "REVIVAL! - Historical Towns in Lower Silesia and Saxony". The exhibition was conceived in the German-Polish cooperation project of the same name. It informs about the history and architectural heritage of the ten cities involved in the project and how both can be used to revitalize the historical centers.



Many great potentials are lying dormant in historical towns and small cities along the Saxon-Polish border. Their cultural heritage could be exploited to raise the attractiveness of these locations and their quality of life of. How to achieve this was the objective of the EU project "REVIVAL! – Revitalization of historic towns in Lower Silesia and Saxony", led by the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER). Strategy recommendations are now on hand for the region as well as the four Saxon and six Polish towns involved in the project.

Photo: Zittauer Stadtentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH


With their historical centres, many towns and small cities in Germany and Europe have a unique quality of life. However, most studies on urban life as well as city rankings ignore the potential of this cultural heritage. Now scientists from the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), the International Institute (IHI) Zittau of the Technische Universität Dresden and the Polish Institute for Territorial Development (IRT) have developed a list of relevant indicators to ensure that the quality of life in smaller municipalities is more easily recognized and visualized…

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Roofs are not the only suitable places for installing photovoltaic modules to generate electricity from the sun’s rays. Facades could also play a much more significant role in Germany’s energy transition towards renewables as well as helping to reduce land consumption for energy parks. Together with the Fraunhofer ISE, the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development has calculated the potential area of Germany’s building facades for the installation of PV systems. It is twice as large as that of roofs. They published their findings in the journal "Transforming Cities".

Raumbilder Lausitz 2050

As part of the BMBF project "Scientific support of the transformation process in Lusatia Region" of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Ecological and Revitalizing Urban Transformation (IZS) in Görlitz, a planning lab will develop spatial visions for the future of the transforming region from March 2021. Applications are open to interested participants until 8 February 2021.

Leibniz Gemeinschaft

Five research institutes of the Leibniz Association have joined forces to form the Leibniz Research Network "Knowledge for Sustainable Development". In this way, they bundle their competencies with the aim to further developments in the sustainability sciences and foster societal sustainability transformations.

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

FS Sachsen

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