IOER shows exhibition "Spatial Imaginaries Lusatia 2050" at the Centre for Building Culture Saxony (ZfBK)

How can Lusatia develop by the year 2050 - without coal mining and instead ecologically sustainable and livable for the local people? The exhibition "Raumbilder Lausitz 2050" (Spatial Imaginaries Lusatia 2050) is dedicated to this question. The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) will be showing it from 3 February to 4 March in the Centre for Building Culture (ZfBK) Saxony in the Kulturpalast Dresden. The exhibition will be opened with a vernissage on 2 February at 7 p.m.

The exhibition "Raumbilder Lausitz 2050" is the result of the planning laboratory of the same name. Visions, thought experiments, food for thought - that is what the "Spatial Imaginaries Lusatia 2050" are supposed to be and offer. They show how much potential there is in the Lusatia region and what role regional planning strategies can play in shaping regional structural change. Four planning teams from Germany and abroad as well as numerous experts were invited to design, discuss and further develop approaches and visions for the future of Lusatia within the framework of the planning lab "Spatial Imaginaries Lusatia 2050 - Designing Sustainable Transformation".

The results make the diverse possibilities of the region visible. These are not only to be found in its small and medium-sized cities or in the special features of its landscape, such as lakes and sometimes rugged landscapes. They can also be found in the numerous initiatives, networks and committed people as well as in traditional and new technologies and business ideas. The spatial imaginaries illustrate how these potentials can be activated and linked in order to further develop Lusatia into an attractive region and to sustainably promote a “good life”. They are aimed primarily at urban and regional planning professionals, but non-experts can also discover interesting ideas for the region in the visions.

Vernissage on 2 February, 7 p.m.

At the vernissage on 2 February, 7 p.m. at the ZfBK in the Kulturpalst Dresden, Jessica Theuner and Prof. Robert Knippschild from the IOER will give a guided tour of the exhibition and will explain how the spatial images were created.

Lecture on 23 February, 7 p.m.

On 23 February, Ralf-Uwe Syrbe from the IOER will give a lecture on "Visions for Landscape Development in Lusatia - What Can We Learn from Future Scenarios?". He will provide insights into the project "Landscape Saxony 2050". With the involvement of artists, drafts of the future were created in the project. They included cartoons and maps in the illustrations. These graphic representations made it possible to describe interrelationships and consequential effects in an impressive way and only made a broad discussion on the future of Lusatia possible in the first place.

Brochure on the planning lab

In addition to the exhibition, a brochure documents the process of creating the spatial imaginaries. It presents the concerns, procedures and tasks of the planning lab, provides extracts of analyses and images, and allows the four planning teams as well as the many other experts involved to have their say.
Download brochure (in German)

The planning lab "Spatial Imaginaries Lusatia 2050 - Designing Sustainable Transformation" was part of the research project "Lausitz Project - Scientific support of the transformation process in Lusatia Region". The project was carried out primarily at the IOER and its Interdisciplinary Centre for Transformative Urban Regeneration (IZS) in Görlitz, The project was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Scientific contact at the IOER/IZS
Prof. Dr. Robert Knippschild, e-mail:
Jessica Theuner, e-mail:

Duration of the exhibition: 03/02/2023 – 04/03/2023  
Vernissage: 02/02/2023, 7 p.m.

ZfBK – Zentrum für Baukultur Sachsen im Kulturpalast Dresden
Schloßstraße 2, 01067 Dresden

Opening hours: Tuesday to Wednesday, 1 to 6 p.m.
Admission free

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.