From autumn 2021, it will once again be possible to test living and working in Görlitz, the easternmost city in Germany, located directly at the Polish border. The project “Testing the City of the Future – A living and working experiment for a climate neutral city of Görlitz” focuses on a new aspect. The participants are to support Görlitz with their ideas and expertise on the path to more sustainability. To do this, they can try out the city as a place to live, work and live for three months.
Spatial visions for a future-oriented development of Lusatia - they will be created by July as part of the planning laboratory "Raumbilder Lausitz 2050" (Spatial Images Lusatia 2050 - Designing Sustainable Transformation). 24 national and international teams applied to take part, and four of them were selected. The planning laboratory has now officially started with a two-day kick-off event at the end of March and excursions to the region in the midst of structural transformation in April.
The COVID-19 pandemic will leave its mark on many historic city centres. Consequences for the urban space can already be assessed and solution strategies developed. Using the example of the Historic Towns Working Group, Erik Mann, a graduate of the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), has investigated in his Master's thesis what influence the Corona pandemic could have on the inner cities and their further development. The most important results are summarised in a policy paper. The work was supervised by Prof. Dr. Robert Knippschild from the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional…
For the first time, researchers from various institutions, including the IOER, have systematically examined the stock of non-residential buildings in Germany. The result is the "Research databank on non-residential buildings". It will be the focus of the final project conference on April 28 and 29. The conference will be held in digital form. Interested parties from politics, administration, business and science are invited to discuss the results with the project team. The deadline for registration is 18 April.
Since autumn 2017, an interdisciplinary team of researchers and practice partners has been investigating how urban districts and buildings can be better adapted to summer heat in the project "HeatResilientCity". The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is now funding the project for another two years. Phase II will focus on the practical implementation of adaptation measures. The project also focuses on the issue of health.
Görlitz and similar small and medium-sized towns far from large metropolises have the potential to offer creative people, freelancers and young families a new home. The special characteristics of these municipalities play a central role in this. The Corona pandemic and the associated trend towards working from home also offer opportunities for small and medium-sized cities. However, some framework conditions also stand in the way of an influx from the big city. These are some of the scientific results of the accompanying research in the project "Testing the City - Living and Working in…
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.
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…
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".
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.
The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is jointly funded by the federal government and the federal states.
This institute is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.