The Interdisciplinary Centre for Transformative Urban Regeneration is a joint research facility of the IOER and the International Institute (IHI) Zittau of Technische Universität Dresden. The centre is dedicated to the adaptation of the existing built environment to ecological, demographic and social challenges. The focus is on small and medium-sized towns in peripheral locations and regions affected by structural change. The revitalisation of cities and regions contributes to limiting the use of new land and resources and to a balanced spatial structure, for example by reducing vacancies.
The centre follows a transdisciplinary approach in which the identification of research needs, the production of knowledge, the pilot application of new solutions as well as reflection and further development take place together with urban and regional development actors. This strengthens transformative capacities in the cities and regions concerned. Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research is complemented by transfer activities at the regional, national and international levels. Here the European City Görlitz/Zgorzelec serves as a cross-border urban laboratory. The centre maintains close links to other institutions in Central and Eastern Europe within its research network.