The Temporary Small Town

As a contribution to the anthology “Creative Pioneers in Rural Areas Innovation & Transformation between City & Country”, published by the Steinbeis Edition, Stuttgart, we have an article on “The Temporary Small Town – The Concept of Temporary Use as an Instrument of Creative Urban Development under Shrinking Conditions “delivered. If you would like to know more, you can download the PDF with all the content here.

Borna – Integrated Climate Protection Concept

In cooperation with the Institute of Energy Studies Leipzig (IE Leipzig) since 2017 the Office for Urban Transitional Spaces is working on an Energy and Climate Protection Concept.

The aim is to develop a strategy for a committed municipal energy policy and sustainable urban development. The core issues include energy-saving potential, solar and wind energy, hydropower, concepts such as car-sharing and other measures for a greener transport sector.

In several events and meetings interested stakeholders and local players had the opportunity to contribute their ideas and suggestions and to define and to shape the strategy for Borna.
Impressions from our workshop “Energy Production and Energy Efficiency” on May 7, 2018:

Reading Recommendation

In October 2018 a new volume of the series “Rural Topographies” by transcript will be released. With the title “Rural Landscapes – Perspectives of the Rural in an Urbanized World”, Langner and Frölich-Kulik continue the book series. Considering our urbanized perspective, idealized or problematized images such as the idyllic or peripheral countryside as well as urban-rural relationships are to be questioned. We are looking forward to the implementation!

How resilient are our cities?

What effects do external migration, shrinking cities, sectoral change or social polarization have? How can a city stay functional? »Stress test city – how resilient are our cities?« evaluates the resilience or adaptability of our cities on the basis of eight stress scenarios.
Published by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR)
Click here to download the publication (only availiable in German).

InduCult2.0 – The Idea of Living Industrial Culture in Central Europe

The district of Zwickau commissioned the Office for Urban Transitional Spaces in 2016 with the conceptual and organizational support of the project InduCult2.0 (within the cooperation program Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE). Besides personnel support, this includes moderation services and the planning of measures like workshops and citizen participation as well as their realization and evaluation.

The three main topics of the project are:
– “Living industrial culture” as regional identity and touristic profile
– “Living industrial culture” to ensure and retain the loyalty of companies and labour
– Support of a culture of creativity and innovation in the context of industrial heritage

The outcome of this intensive cooperation is the Regional Argumentation Paper (click here), which was published in Summer 2017 and the Strategy Paper (expected to be published at the End of 2018) and three Regional Action Plans on the main topics of the project (expected to be published in Autumn 2018).

Further information about InduCult2.0:
Interreg Central Europe – InduCult2.0
District of Zwickau – Living Industrial Culture

Impressions of our fourth Workshop (April 24, 2018) with the InduCult2.0-Focus-Group. Many thanks to all participants for a productive and successful afternoon!

Public Service in Small Towns

More and more small towns are closing important care facilities such as schools, hospitals or administration offices. Thus, these cities no longer meet certain requirements such as the functional surplus in significance these towns with centrality for their regions usually offer.
In the “National Atlas aktuell” of the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) the change of meaning can be understood.
Further information: here.

Urban Development in Small and Mid-Sized Towns

The German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu) dealt with questions about urban development and integration policy in small and mid-sized towns and highlights the perks and chances of a diverse urban society aside from big cities. Socio-spatial integration, social participation and cohesion are core issues of the Position Paper with the title “Bringing Integration into Motion – Strengthening the Capability of Small and Mid-Sized Towns”. Click here to download.

Podcast Recommendation

Mobility of the future
Private transport should decrease, concepts like car sharing and cheaper and greener public transport are to increase. A short podcast about urban transport and how five model cities try out new ideas.
Click here to listen to the podcast of Rabea Schloz at (only availiable in German).

Podcast Recommendation – Open Government

Which Open Government forms for civil society participation does the action plan of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) schedule? A platform for participation for a legislative process designed openly, a transparent and faster processing of requests based on the Freedom of Information Act or even the proactive publication of information are about to consider.
A podcast on this topic is available at (only availiable in German).