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Federal Institute for Building, Urban and Spatial Research

Prof. Dr. Heik Afheldt

Publicist and business advisor. Until 2000 in managerial positions at Prognos AG: Member of the executive board and head of the urban development and regional planning department (from 1970), chairman of the executive board (1977-1987), member of the board of directors (1989-2000); now honorary professor at the Berlin-Weißensee School of Art. In addition, he has worked for many years as a business journalist, member of the advisory and administrative boards in various publishing houses and as the editor of various newspapers, e.g. Wirtschaftswoche, Handelsblatt, Der Tagesspiegel, Die Zeit. Numerous publications.

Prof. Dr. Gerd Albers

Born 1919. Until 1988 professor for urban development and regional planning at the Technical University of Munich, from 1965 to 1968 rector there. After retiring, further teaching and committee work, especially in East Germany in the course of reunification. Member of important national and international specialist institutions and committees: 1986 to 1991 President of the German Academy for Urban Development and Regional Planning; 1975 to 1978 President of the International Society of City and Regional Planners; 1972 to 1981 President of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts; Honorary member (corresponding) of the Royal Town Planning Institute and member of the Academy for Spatial Research and Regional Planning. Winner of the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class, the Bavarian Order of Merit and an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Karlsruhe. Initially after studying architecture (Technical University of Hanover) and urban planning (IIT Chicago) as well as doctorate (Technical University of Aachen), worked in various urban planning offices, most recently from 1959 to his appointment to Munich in 1963 as chief construction director and head of the Darmstadt city administration.

Gerd Albers published five books and around 160 articles in specialist journals and anthologies on urban and regional planning topics.

Prof. Dr. Rudolph Bauer

Born 1939. Studied political science, sociology and philosophy at the Universities of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Frankfurt / Main and Konstanz. From 1971 to 2002 professor for welfare policy and social services at the University of Bremen. In addition, among other things, spokesman for the Institute for Local Social Policy and for nonprofit organizations, work and study stays in the PR China (1979/80) and in the USA (1989). Publications on topics of local policy research, charity research, the third sector and personal social services.

Prof. Dr. Klaus J. Beckmann

Head of the German Institute for Urban Studies (difu) since 2006, previously university professor for urban planning at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (from 1996). Professional career: After studying civil engineering, research assistant and research assistant at the Institute for Urban Engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig, 1983 doctorate, then construction clerkship (building assessor). From 1985 university professor for municipal infrastructure planning at the University of Karlsruhe, from 1990 city planning officer (technical councilor) of the city of Braunschweig. Membership and functions in numerous specialist organizations and academies, including the German Academy for Urban Development and Regional Planning, Academy for Spatial Research and Regional Planning, Convention for Technical Sciences of the Union of German Academies of Sciences, German Transport Science Society, Research Society for Roads and Transport, Association for Urban, Regional and state planning, Mobility and Transport Forum. Also member of several (scientific) advisory boards, including the advisory boards for spatial planning and transport of the Federal Minister for Transport, Building and Urban Development. Expert "Transport" at the German Research Foundation.

Main focus of work: Integrated urban and transport planning, mobility research, infrastructure planning.

Prof. Dr. Jörg Blasius

Born 1957. Sociologist; from 1986 to 2001 University of Cologne, central archive for empirical social research; since winter semester 2001/2002 at the Institute for Political Science and Sociology, Sociology Department, University of Bonn. President of the RC33 (Research Committee on Logic and Methodology in Sociology) of the International Sociological Association (2006-2010 term).

Research interests: Methods of empirical social research, applied statistics (especially correspondence analysis), urban sociology, lifestyles, media research, environmental sociology and political sociology

Current books (in addition to numerous publications in magazines and edited volumes):

  • Multiple Correspondence Analysis and Related Methods. Boca Raton, Florida 2006 (Ed., With M. Greenacre)
  • Frontiers of Quantifying Neighborhood Effects. In: Housing Studies 22 (2007) 5 (special issue); will be published in 2009 as a reprint under the title "Quantifying Neighborhood Effects" (Ed., with J. Friedrichs and G. Galster)
  • Doubly disadvantaged? Living in a German-Turkish residential area. - Wiesbaden 2008 (with J. Friedrichs and J. Klöckner)

Prof. Dr. Harald Bodenschatz

Born 1946. Social scientist and urban planner; Professor of Planning and Architectural Sociology at the Technical University of Berlin. Studied sociology, political science, psychology and economics at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and the Free University of Berlin (1967-1972), doctorate in 1978 in Oldenburg, habilitation in 1986 in Berlin. Teaching and research since 1972 at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen and the Technische Universität Berlin. Planning practice since 1980 in urban renewal. Entry in the list of urban planners of the Berlin Chamber of Architects in 1985. Long teaching and research stays in Italy, Brazil, USA, Peru, Argentina, England. Since 1993 member of the editorial board of the magazine "Die alten Stadt". Prize winner of the Association of German Critics e.V. for the architecture section in 1994. Member of the AIV, BDA, SRL, the German Academy for Urban Development and Regional Planning and the German Werkbund Berlin. Spokesman for the "Schinkel Center" at the Technical University of Berlin. Numerous publications on urban renewal, post-modern urban redevelopment, suburban urban development and the history of urban planning and construction.

Selected book publications:

  • Urban land reform in Italy: The dispute over land law and Bolognese municipal planning. - Frankfurt 1979
  • Free space for the new Berlin! History of urban renewal in the "largest tenement town in the world". - Berlin 1987
  • Urban architecture in Brandenburg an der Havel. - Berlin 1992 (with C. Seifert)
  • Berlin in search of the lost center. - Hamburg 1995 (with H.-J. Engstfeld, C. Seifert)
  • "The red box". On the importance, impact and future of Schinkel's building academy. - Berlin 1996
  • Urban development in the shadow of Stalin. The international search for the socialist city in the Soviet Union 1929-1935. - Berlin 2003 (editor, with C. Post)
  • Smart Growth - New Urbanism - Liveable Communities. Anti-Sprawl Movement Program and Practice in the United States. - Wuppertal 2004 (editor, with B. Schönig)
  • Renaissance of the Middle. Center renovation in London and Berlin. - Berlin 2005 (editor)
  • Big cities of tomorrow. International strategies of urban redevelopment. - Berlin 2008 (editor, with U. Laible)

Dr. Ferdinand Böltken

Born in 1943; until 2005 head of the spatial and urban observation department at the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning. After studying sociology and economics at the University of Cologne from 1970 to 1982 research assistant at the Institute for Comparative Social Research and at the Central Archives for Empirical Social Research at the University of Cologne, from 1983 at the Federal Research Institute for Regional Studies and Regional Planning and the current BBR.

Tasks / interests: Organization of the permanent observation of socio-economic developments in spatial differentiation, comparative urban and regional research.

Publications (recent selection):

  • Social distance and spatial proximity - attitudes and experiences in the everyday coexistence of foreigners and Germans in the residential area. In: Germans and foreigners: friends, strangers or enemies? Empirical findings and theoretical explanations. Ed .: R. Alba, P. Schmidt, M. Wasmer. Opladen, Wiesbaden 2000. = Blickpunkt Gesellschaft 5, pp. 147-194
  • For the evaluation of housing and living conditions in East and West Germany. In: Information on spatial development (2001) Issue 2/3, pp.149-180 (with K. Meyer)
  • Information bases for urban research and urban development policy - Inner-city spatial observation: review, outlook, results. In: Stadtforschung und Statistik (2004) 2, pp.193-211 (with H.P. Gatzweiler, K. Meyer)
  • The settlement structure area types in the spatial observation system of the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning. In: Regional Standards. A joint recommendation of the Working Group of German Market and Social Research Institutes (ADM), the Working Group of Social Science Institutes (ASI) and the Federal Statistical Office. Edition 2005. Ed .: Working Group Regional Standards, pp. 95-14
  • Living spaces - living and living conditions from the point of view of the residents. Bonn: BBR 2006. = Reports, Volume 24 (with N. Göbel, K. Meyer, G. Sturm, M. Waltersbacher)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Borchard

Born 1938. 2007/2008 as in 2003/2004 Vice President of the Academy for Spatial Research and Regional Planning, 2005/2006 its President; Professor of Urban Development and Settlement and Director of the Institute for Urban Development, Land Management and Cultural Engineering at the University of Bonn. From 1997 to 2004 rector of the university, previously dean and vice dean of the Faculty of Agriculture. From 1998 to 2002 Vice President of the University Rectors' Conference. Numerous memberships, honorary offices as well as national and international honors and awards. After studying architecture and urban planning at the Technical University of Munich, initially research assistant at the Institute for Urban Development and Housing (DASL), Munich; 1966/1967 legal clerkship in the Bavarian State Building Administration and appointment as government master builder; 1968 to 1975 scientific assistant and senior engineer at the Institute for Urban Development and Spatial Planning at the Technical University of Munich (Prof. Dr. Gerd Albers). 1974 doctorate, then until his appointment to the University of Bonn (1976) brief work abroad in Iran as urban planner for Isfahan-Shahreza - New-Town.

Selection from his numerous publications:

  • Orientation values ​​for urban planning: Space requirements - catchment areas - follow-up costs. - Munich: DASL 1974
  • Urban planning in the transition to the 21st century. - Stuttgart 1992 (with C.G. Schöning)
  • Dominated nature. Nature as the subject of technology. In: Nature conditions. Nature as the subject of science. Ed .: L. Honnefelder. - Freiburg, Munich 1992
  • Time in the light of technology. In: Concepts of Time and Experience of Time. Ed .: M. Baumgartner. - Freiburg, Munich 1994
  • Land budget policy. Findings and recommendations for sustainable spatial and settlement development (introduction). - Hanover: Academy for Spatial Research and Regional Planning (ARL) 1999
  • The regulation of growth processes - sustainability as a categorical imperative. In: Growth as a Problem. Ed .: M. Decker. - Freiburg, Munich 1997
  • Urban development. In: Concise dictionary of spatial planning. - Hanover: ARL 2005
  • Housing policy in transition In .: Forum Wohneigentum (2005) 4 (with J. Aring, B. Hallenberg, P. Rohland
  • Challenges for cities in times of shrinking. In: Focus on the city. Ed .: German Institute for Urban Studies. - Berlin 2006
  • Does urban development need models? In .: Public building law. Ed .: U. Battis. - Berlin 2008

Dr. Hansjörg Bucher

Born 1946, graduate economist (University of Mannheim, 1971), Dr. rer. pole. (University of Münster, 1975). Collaboration at the Institute for Settlements and Housing at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, since 1980 consultant at the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (or its legal predecessor Federal Research Institute for Regional Studies and Regional Planning), there, among other things, project manager for regional planning forecast.

Research focus: Demography, mobility, forecasts, spatial development, housing market, labor market

Numerous publications in these fields, more recently e.g .:

  • Regional effects of demographic aging. In: aging in space. Ed .: Scholz, R .; Bucher, H. - Norderstedt: Book on Demand 2007, pp. 15-51. = Series of publications by the German Society for Demography 2
  • Spatial planning forecast and demographic change. In: Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft 32 (2007) 1-2, pp. 123-135 (together with C. Schlömer)
  • The look into the future. Sensitivity analyzes on demographic change in the regions of Germany. In: Geographische Rundschau 59 (2007) 2, pp. 14-23 (together with C. Schlömer)
  • The regionalized population forecast of the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR). In: Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft 31 (2006) 3-4, pp. 345-364 (together with C. Schlömer)
  • Population shrinking in the regions of Europe. In: Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft 31 (2006) 3-4, pp. 311-344 (together with R. Mai)
  • Demographic trends and challenges. In: Demography and Urban Development - Examples from Germany and France. Ed .: German-French Institute; Wüstenrot Foundation. Ludwigsburg 2006, pp. 55-72
  • The new regional planning forecast of the BBR. In: Raumforschung und Raumordnung 64 (2006) 3, pp. 206-212 (together with C. Schlömer)
  • Housing markets in demographic change. In: vhw Forum Wohneigentum 6 (2005) 3, pp. 121-128 (together with C. Schlömer)

Prof. Dr. Werner Buchner

Retired ministerial director, former head of office and department head in the Bavarian State Ministry (s) for regional development and environmental issues, in the establishment of which he played a key role. He taught as an honorary professor at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, is a full member and former president of the Academy for Spatial Research and Regional Planning (ARL) and an expert in questions of public law, in particular environmental, planning and spatial planning law. Active as a lawyer since 1999, focusing on the areas of constitutional and administrative law, organization of direct and indirect state administration, environmental and spatial planning law as well as local law.

Selected publications in the field of spatial planning:

  • Current requirements for regional and state planning. In: Spatial and environmental planning in transition. Festschrift for Prof. H. Kistenmacher. - Kaiserslautern 1994, p. 27
  • Administration and spatial planning. In: Concise dictionary of spatial planning. Edited by the Academy for Spatial Research and Regional Planning. - Hanover 1995 (with U. Höhnberg)
  • The new spatial planning law. In: ARL-Nachrichten (1997) 3
  • Spatial planning versus market economy. In: EMA InfoDienst, March 2004

Prof. em. Dr. Ulf Christiansen

Born in 1931, from 1968 until his final retirement in 2000 he was a senior spatial scientist at the Danish Building Research Institute, in the area of ​​urban planning and urban research, and also worked as a lecturer and examiner at the University of Copenhagen's Faculty of Economics, the School of Public and Urban Policy, among others of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, the Copenhagen School of Business Administration. From 1974 to 1982 he headed the working group CREST (Urban Planning Research) of the EC (now the EU), from 1990 to 1996 the working group on sustainable planning of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). From 1994 to 1998 he was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Federal Research Center for Regional Studies and Regional Planning (BfLR) in Bonn.

Research focus: Regional and urban economics, regional / urban management, location and infrastructure research / planning, statistics, demography, European urban and regional politics

Selected publications:

  • Operation analysis and okomiske models used pa hospital problems. In: Nationalokonomisk Tidsskrift arg. 109 (1971)
  • Dansk Industris Mobilitet efter 1960. In: SBI-Byplanlaegning 46 (1983)
  • Major Trends Characterizing Human Settlements Development in the ECE Region. Ed .: ECE / United Nations. - New York, Geneva 1998 (with others)
  • The Concepts of Market and Competition in Political Discourses Involving Geographical Space. History and Some Examples. In: Policies of Regional Competition. Ed .: Friedrich / Jutila. - Baden-Baden 1998


Prof. Dr. Jens Dangschat

Sociologist, urban sociologist; Professor at the Faculty of Spatial Planning and Architecture of the Vienna University of Technology, Department for Spatial Planning, Infrastructure and Environmental Planning, there head of the Sociology Department (ISRA). Numerous publications and projects.

Main focus of work: Urban sociology, social inequality / segregation / integration, spatial theory, planning theory, local and regional governance, sustainability, communication and participation, regional demography, action research.

Prof. Dr. Rainer Danielzyk

Scientific director and managing director of the ILS Institute for State and Urban Development Research gGmbH in Dortmund. Studied geography, economics, spatial planning / administration and psychology in Münster, doctorate and habilitation at the University of Oldenburg, from 1997 to 2001 substitute and visiting professorships at the Technical University of Dresden and the University of Vienna. Full member of the Academy for Spatial Research and Regional Planning.

Main focus of work: Theory and empiricism of urban and regional development, spatial planning and politics

Recent publications (small selection):

  • Does the Ruhr area still exist? Inside and outside views. In: The Ruhr area in Rhineland and Westphalia. Coexistence and competition of spatial awareness in the 19th and 20th centuries. Ed .: K. Ditt, K. Tenfelde. - Paderborn 2007. = Research on regional history 57, pp. 377-385
  • The REGIONALS in NRW. Regional structural policy in the succession of the IBA-Emscherpark. In: 10 Years of the International Building Exhibition Emscher Park - A summary. Ed .: MBV NRW. - Düsseldorf 2007 (with C. Meyer)
  • Trends and challenges in contemporary urban development - an overview. In: Building on historic cities - sustainable urban development in Hattingen. Ed .: ILS. - Dortmund 2007, pp. 16-23

Horst Degenkolbe

Born in 1943. Dipl.-Ing .; from 1981 to 2008 deputy director of the Fraunhofer Information Center for Space and Building IRB in Stuttgart, between 2000 and 2002 provisional director of the institute. From 1974 to 1981 after studying architecture at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, head of land use and urban development planning at the Kaiserslautern city planning office.

Main areas of work include: Structuring and further development of knowledge transfer for spatial planning, urban planning, housing

Prof. Dr. Otto Dienemann

Professor at the Building Academy of the GDR (appointed in 1986) and deputy chairman of the Scientific Council for issues relating to the location of productive workers at the Academy of Sciences in the GDR (appointed in 1988). Studies at the Technical University of Dresden (1956-1961) and additional studies in business mathematics at the Humboldt University in Berlin (1962-1965); 1976 doctorate in engineering, 1984 Dr. sc.oec. Professional background: VEB type project planning at the building academy of the GDR, chief engineer for fundamental issues, building law, building regulations; Construction management on large construction sites, residential, civil and industrial construction; EDP-supported project planning; Headquarters of the Bauakademie, Scientific Directorate. After reunification, development of residential, commercial, commercial, marketing and development concepts in the state of Brandenburg and beyond.

Selected publications:

  • Spatial Planning Report '90. Data and facts on the situation in the eastern German states. Verlag die Wirtschaft GmbH, 1990
  • On selected results of spatial research in the GDR from the point of view of the building industry. In: Raumforschung und Raumordnung 48 (1990) Issue 4-5, pp. 197-201
  • Development of a high quality range of building materials to promote landscape-related building. In: Building in the new federal states. Ed .: H. Kahlen. Stuttgart, Berlin, Cologne 1991

Dr.-Ing. Marta Doehler-Behzadi

Born 1957. Head of the Department of Building Culture and Urban Monument Protection in the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (since 2007); together with Iris Reuther Office for Urban Projects Leipzig (since 1992). 1975-1980 urban planning studies at the Hochschule für Architektur und Bauwesen (HAB) Weimar, then research studies there from 1980-1984; 1986 PhD. From 1984-1990 work in the office of the chief architect of the city of Leipzig, since 1991 freelance work as a city planner. Extensive lecturing and publishing activities.

Main focus of work: Conceptual urban and regional planning, urban research, citizen participation and moderation, media projects.

Publications (selection):

  • Shrinking without a plan? Control concepts for contradicting urban developments. Attempts to reach understanding about change in planning. In: DISP 2 (2005) (with D.A. Keller, M. Klemme, M. Koch, E. Lütke Daldrup, I. Reuther, K. Selle)
  • City. To whom It May concern? In: Raumforschung und Raumordnung 64 (2006) issue 5
  • The shrinking and the perforated city. In: The future of the city and region. Ed .: Difu. - Berlin 2005. = Contributions to the research network Stadt2030
  • PlusMinus Leipzig 2030 - City in Transformation. - Leipzig 2004 (publisher, with the city of Leipzig)

Dr. Markus Eltges

Graduated in economics with a major in urban and regional economics, head of the "Regional structural policy and urban development funding" department at the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning. The focus of his academic work is the analysis of structural change processes in their spatial and urban dimensions as well as the support and strategic development of the federal government's urban and regional policy funding instruments, as well as financial topics with strong regional economic references (connection between urban and regional development and public finances). Other important areas of activity are the participation in the regional planning reports of the federal government (settlement structures / developments in the context of the divergence / convergence thesis), the preparation of reports for the Federal Ministry of Finance (for the quantitative determination of population values ​​in the state financial equalization), the scientific advice of the federal ministry for transport, construction and urban development in matters of federal financial aid in the context of urban development and European structural policy with special consideration of the urban policy component.

Selected publications:

  • Scenarios of workplace development up to 2010. In: Informations zur Raumententwicklung (1999) 11/12, pp. 809-825 (with M. Zarth)
  • Abstract additional requirements are not a fiction. In: Wirtschaftsdienst 81 (2001) 6, pp. 323-330 (with M. Zarth and P. Jakubowski)
  • The effects of the EU's eastward expansion on European structural policy. In: WSI-Mitteilungen (2003) 1, pp. 10-15
  • Equal living conditions and their fiscal basis. In: Information on Spatial Development (2006) 6/7, pp. 363-372
  • Cities and European Structural Policy. In: Raumforschung und Raumordnung 65 (2007) 2, pp. 134-141

Dr. Thiemo W. Eser

Degree in economics with a focus on urban and regional economics as well as environmental economics. Since 2004 active in the regional planning department of the Luxembourg Ministry of the Interior and State Planning, responsible for European affairs and the ESPON administrative authority (European Spatial Planning Observation Network); since 2006 also lecturer at the University of Luxembourg. After studying economics and politics in Trier, initially (from 1995) research assistant at the University of Trier and finally, as a co-founder of the TAURUS Institute there, fully active in its institute management: During this time also lectures and research stays in Poland and the United Kingdom and doctorate (1996). He led numerous national and international research and consulting projects with international partners in the field of spatial development and regional economic policy from the EU to the regional level. In 1990 he received the sponsorship award from the Society for Regional Research (today the Edwin von Böventer Prize).

Work and research areas: Regional policy and European integration, evaluation, federalism and governance, spatial and sustainable development

Selected recent publications:

  • Territorial Impact Analysis of EU Policies. In: European Spatial Research and Planning. Ed .: A. Faludi, Andreas. - Cambridge Mass .: Lincoln Institute 2008, pp. 43-66 (with K. Böhme); there also: The making of the Territorial Agenda of the European Union: Policy, Polity and Politics (pp. 249-270, with P. Schmeitz)
  • Mid Term Evaluations of Community Initiatives under EU Structural Funds - a process between accounting a common learning. In: Regional Studies 40 (2006) 2, pp. 249-258. = Special issue on Structural Funds evaluation; Ed .: J. Bachtler, C. Wren (with E. Nussmueller)
  • Spatial aspects of sustainability and the role of the regions in the national sustainability strategies of the federal systems of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In: The federal system in Germany. Ed .: G. Färber. - Hanover 2005. = Research and meeting reports of the ARL, Vol. 224, pp. 58-91

Georg Frix

Pseudonym; Name, address and function of the editorial team known.

Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Frysztacki

Ph. D., Dr. hab., Professor of Sociology; chair of the Department of Applied Sociology and Social Work at the Jagiellonian University Institute of Sociology. For the past 20 years his research has focused primarily on urban sociology and the concepts of welfare and social work, as well as on the dynamics of these issues through the prism of an international comparative analysis. In addition to his position at Jagiellonian University, he also teaches on regular basis abroad, most recently at The Ohio State University.


Dr. Hans-Peter Gatzweiler

Head of Department I "Spatial Planning and Urban Development" at the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR). After studying for a degree in geography with the minor subjects town planning and statistics, since 1972 active in the field of spatial research and planning; 1974 doctorate (Dr. rer.nat) on the subject of "On the selectivity of interregional migration". Main focus of work in the context of professional activity: Analyzes and forecasts of spatial and urban development in Germany (ongoing spatial and urban observation) as well as scientific policy advice based on this.

Selection of important current publications:

  • Spatial development is urban development is spatial development. In: Raumforschung und Raumordnung 66 (2008) Heft 2, pp. 139-151 (with R. Kaltenbrunner)
  • Importance and development of town and country. In: Ländlicher Raum: Rundbrief der Agrarsozialen Gesellschaft 58 (2007) issue 5/6, pp. 21-25 (with A. Milbert)
  • Challenges of German cities and urban regions: Requirements for a national urban policy. In: Stadt und Bahn. DASL annual conference 2006 in Ulm. - Berlin 2007, pp. 209-216
  • Guiding principles in practice: impulses for implementation through model projects for spatial planning. In: Information on spatial development (2006) issue 11/12, pp. 677-691
  • Conversion instead of growth: Settlement development and public services in the face of demographic change. Ed .: Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Development; Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning. - Berlin 2006
  • Demographic change: model project of spatial planning as a federal field of action. In: Raumforschung und Raumordnung 62 (2004) Heft 2, S. 133-148 (with M. Kocks)
  • Shrinking cities in Germany ?: Facts and trends. In: Information on spatial development (2003)
    Issue 10/11, pp. 557-574 (with K. Meyer and A. Milbert)
  • Spatial integration of foreigners and immigrants. In: Information on spatial development (2002) Heft 8, pp. 397-414 (with F. Böltken and K. Meyer)

Prof. Dr. Konrad Goppel

Born in 1943; Ministerial Director in the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology, Head of the Regional Development Department, Deputy Head of Office. 1962 Abitur, admission to the German National Academic Foundation, 1st state examination in law at the University of Munich, 1970 doctorate as Dr. jur., 1971 2nd state examination in law in Munich. Since 1982 teaching at the universities of Augsburg, Bayreuth and Weimar; 1990 Appointment as honorary professor at the University of Augsburg, there head of the department of regional planning and regional planning. Chairman of the Legal Affairs and Procedure Committee of the Ministerial Conference on Spatial Planning; Member of the main committee of the Ministerial Conference on Spatial Planning; Full member of the Academy for Spatial Research and Regional Planning and member of their regional working group Bavaria; Member of the German Academy for Urban Development and Regional Planning and the Bavarian Academy for Rural Areas.

Numerous publications, especially on (spatial) planning law. Recent selection:

  • The role of the metropolitan regions in state planning. In: Rural Areas and Metropolitan Regions: Partners or Competitors? Ed .: Bayerische Akademie Ländlicher Raum e.V. - Munich 2006. = Series of publications, Issue 43, pp. 10-16
  • Aspects of the non-target procedure in regional planning law. In: Umwelt- und Planningrecht 26 (2006) Heft 8, pp. 285-324
  • For prohibition according to § 12 ROG and Art. 24 BayLplG. In: Planning - Control - Control. Festschrift for Richard Bartlsperger on his 70th birthday. - Berlin 2006. = Writings on Public Law, Volume 1022, pp. 483-495
  • European spatial development policy: constraints and options. In: Swiss Spatial Planning Policy in Integrated Europe. Contributions from the forum for spatial planning. Ed .: H. Flückinger, R.L. Frey, M. Gmünder. - Basel 2001, pp. 51-60
  • Opportunities for competitive and forward-looking design of cultural landscapes. In: The future of the cultural landscape between loss, preservation and design. Ed .: Academy for Spatial Research and Regional Planning. - Hannover 2001. = Research and Meeting Reports, Volume 215
  • Functions and limits of spatial planning and regional planning. In: Outline of state and regional planning. Ed .: Academy for Spatial Research and Regional Planning. - Hanover 1999, pp. 94-113
  • New approaches in regional planning - from "legalization" back to "backpack planner"? In: Writings on spatial planning and regional planning, special volume (Volume 1). Ed .: K. Goppel et al. Augsburg 1997, pp. 207-212

Prof. Dr. Grzegorz Gorzelak

Professor of economics, specializing in regional and local development and policies; director of the Center for European Regional and Local Studies (EUROREG) at the Warsaw University; president of the Polish Section of the Regional Studies Association; co-ordinator of several Polish and international (also EU-financed) research programs on regional development, regional policy, post-socialist transition and evaluation of the EU Cohesion policy. Editor-in Chief of the scientific journal "Studia Regionalne I Lokalne"; advisor of the Polish government during the local government reform in 1990, manager of PHARE program for local government (1991), consultant to several local and regional authorities on development strategies in Poland and in Ukraine. Member of several advisory councils of the Polish government and of two committees of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He has conducted research on multivariate statistical comparisons, regional and local development of Poland and Central Europe, post-socialist transition and published (as author and editor) a lot of books and articles.

Prof. Dr. Siegfried Grundmann

Born 1938, sociologist and historian. Studies at the Technical University of Dresden, 1964 doctorate in Leipzig, 1974 habilitation, 1980 appointment as full professor of sociology. Activities at the Academy for Social Sciences at the Central Committee of the SED (1968-1990) and at the Berlin Institute for Social Science Studies - BISS (1990-1994). From 1994 unemployed or freelance.

Working topics since the mid-1970s: Social structure, regional and urban sociology, migration. Since the mid-1990s, he has turned to topics from the history of science and to previously dealt with sociological topics, as well as research on the communist underground of the 1920s and 30s (in connection with research on Albert Einstein's FBI files).

Numerous publications; a selection:

  • The town. Thoughts on history and function. - Berlin 1984
  • The territory - the subject of sociological research. - Berlin 1981
  • Population development in East Germany. Demographic structures and spatial change processes since 1945. - Opladen 1998
  • Dr. Felix Bobek - chemist in the KPD's secret apparatus (1932 to 1935). - Berlin 2004
  • Einstein's file. Science and politics - Einstein's time in Berlin. - 2nd edition, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York 2004
  • The secret apparatus of the KPD in the sights of the Gestapo - the BB department. Functionaries, officials, informers and spies. - Berlin 2008

Prof. Dr. Bernd Hamm

Born in 1945; from 1977 to 2008 professor of sociology, in particular settlement, environmental and planning sociology at the University of Trier. 1992 Jean Monnet Chair for European Studies, 1993 UNESCO Professorship for Europe from a global perspective, visiting professorships in Canada, Austria, the Netherlands, among others. 1995 Honorary Doctorate from Katowice University of Economics. Numerous offices in national and international (specialist) institutions and committees, including 1983 to 1995 chairman of the specialist committee for social sciences of the German Commission for UNESCO. Previously after teaching and working as a typesetter and studying sociology, business and economics and public law at the University of Bern (1969-1974), freelance consultant for communal, cantonal and federal authorities in Switzerland (1968-1978).

Main focus of work: Sustainable development, urban and regional development, globalization, social structure.

Selected recent publications:

  • Destroying Society: The Neoliberal Attack on Democracy and Justice. - Berlin 2004. = Global Analyzes Volume 1 (Editor, Author: M. Chossudovski)
  • The social structure of globalization. Ecology, economy, society. - Berlin 2006. = Global Analyzes, Volume 4
  • Cultural imperialism. Essays on the political economy of cultural domination. - Berlin 2008. = Global Analyzes, Volume 5 (editor, with R. Smandych)
  • Environmental disasters. - Berlin 2008 (editor)
  • Sustainable Development and the Future of Cities (1998; editor, with P. Muttagi)
  • Settlement sociology, environmental sociology and planning sociology. - Stuttgart 1996 (with I. Neumann)
  • Energy concept for the Trier region (2001; with C. Menke, K. Weber)

Prof. Dr. Tilman Harlander

Born in 1946; since 1997 professor for architecture and living sociology at the architecture faculty of the University of Stuttgart, there dean from 2002-2006; Visiting professor in Lima. Member a.o.the German Academy for Urban Development and Regional Planning, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (Chairman since 2007), the Society for Urban History and Urbanization Research, the Urban Sociology Section of the German Society for Sociology and the German Werkbund. Studied sociology, economics, psychology and political science in Munich and Berlin, doctorate at the University of Oldenburg 1978; Habilitation RWTH Aachen 1994.

Research priorities: Sociology of architecture and housing, urban history and urbanization research, housing policy

Prof. Dr. Dietrich Henckel

Professor of Urban and Regional Economics at the Institute for Urban and Regional Planning (ISR) at the Technical University of Berlin and its managing director. Previously, after studying economics, law and social science at the University of Konstanz and obtaining his doctorate (1969-1976), research assistant, project manager and coordinator of the economics and finance department at the German Institute for Urban Studies (1979-2004) and research assistant at the institute from 1976 to 1979 for building economics from the University of Stuttgart

Main focus of work: Economic structural change and spatial consequences, choice of location for companies, land use, future of work, space-time research

Selected publications:

  • Financial implications of urban-to-rural migration. - Bonn 1979. = Series of publications by the Federal Minister for Regional Planning, Building and Urban Development 03.073 (with F. Gschwind, R. Fischer)
  • Information technology and urban development. - Stuttgart 1984. = Series of publications by the German Institute for Urban Studies, Volume 71 (with E. Nopper, N. Rauch)
  • Time structures and urban development. - Stuttgart 1989. = Series of publications by the German Institute for Urban Studies, Volume 81 (with B. Grabow and others)
  • Soft location factors. - Stuttgart 1995. = Series of publications by the German Institute for Urban Studies, Volume 89 (with B. Grabow, B. Hollbach-Grömig)
  • Development Chances of German Cities - The Consequences of Unification. - Stuttgart 1993. = Series of publications by the German Institute for Urban Studies, Volume 86 (with B. Grabow and others)
  • Future of work in the city. - Stuttgart 1999. = Series of publications by the German Institute for Urban Studies, Volume 92 (with M. Eberling, B. Grabow)
  • Everything at any time? The cities on the way to continuous activity. - Berlin 2002. = Difu contributions to urban research, Volume 36 (with M. Eberling)
  • Time space places. - Frankfurt / M. 2006 (Eds., With E. Pahl-Weber and B. Herkommer)
  • Working in the gray area. Informal economy in the city. - Frankfurt / M. 2008 (Ed., With G. Spars and F. Wukovitsch)

Jürgen Hohmuth

Born in 1960, after training and working as a forest worker and cone picker, freelance documentary photographer since 1981 with works on architecture, city life and everyday life as well as theater. 1986 to 1991 studies of photography at the University of Graphics and Book Art in Leipzig with Arno Fischer, among others. 1993 founding of ZeitOrt BILDDOKUMENTATION with several Berlin photographers; since 1997 recordings with the photo airship. Since 1999 ZEITORT FOTO, Berlin. Realization of multimedia projects (books, exhibitions, photo films, calendars) together with Jana Juni (ZEITORT BUCH) and Ralf Brauner (ZEITORT FILM).

Books, calendars, exhibitions (selection, more at

  • Metabolism. Brandenburg and Berlin on the move. Published by Kulturland Brandenburg e.V .; Verlag Koehler & Amelang 2008 (with photos by Jürgen Hohmuth)
  • Labyrinths & mazes. Frederking & Thaler 2003
  • Dresden today today. Kreuz Verlag 2004
  • Across the country ... landscape and gardens in Brandenburg. Published by Kulturland Brandenburg e.V., L & H Verlag 2004
  • The cross - where heaven and earth meet. Kreuz Verlag 2005
  • Barth - gateway to the Darß. Prestel 2005
  • Heaven on earth - 1,000 years of Christianity in Brandenburg. Published by Kulturland Brandenburg e.V., Verlag Koehler & Amelang Leipzig 2005
  • feeling berlin. Prestel 2005
  • Mazes. Calendar 2006. Dumont Verlag
  • Berlin. Calendar 2006. Dumont Verlag
  • Everything about mazes & mazes. Children's book. Gabriel Verlag 2006

Prof. Dr. Detlev Ipsen

Born 1945, professor of urban and regional sociology at the University of Kassel, head of the empirical planning research group in the urban and landscape planning department. Studied sociology, psychology and ethnology in Munich, Vienna, Mannheim, Ann Arbor (USA) and Colchester (GB).

Working area: Housing sociology, urban development, urban-rural relationships, development of landscapes and regions, spatial perception and spatial aesthetics.

Numerous publications on urban and regional development, most recently:

  • Spatial images, culture and economy of spatial development. - Pfaffenweiler 1997 water culture. - Berlin 1998
  • The Genesis of Urban Landscape. The Pearl River Delta in South China. - Kassel 2005
  • Place and landscape. - Wiesbaden 2006

Prof. Dr. Johann Jessen

Born in 1949; Urban planner, since 1992 professor for the basics of local and regional planning at the Urban Planning Institute of the University of Stuttgart. Member of the German Academy for Urban Development and Regional Planning, the Baden Regional Group of the Academy for Spatial Research and Regional Planning, the Association of Urban, Regional and Regional Planning eV and the Wohnbund eV After studying architecture in Darmstadt with a focus on urban planning, initially freelance work as an urban planner in Darmstadt and Oldenburg and member of the Darmstadt planning workshop (1975-1978). From 1978 to 1991 first research assistant in the urban research work group, then university assistant (C1) and finally private lecturer at the University of Oldenburg, where he received his doctorate in 1981 and habilitation in 1990.

Selected book publications:

  • Neighborhood scenarios and new media. StadtRegion 2030. - Stuttgart 2004 (with H. Bott, A. Fricke)
  • Villa and home. Suburban urban development in Germany. - Stuttgart, Munich 2001 (editor, with T. Harlander, H. Bodenschatz, G. Fehl, G. Kuhn, C. Zimmermann)
  • New media. Space and traffic. Scientific analysis and practical experience. - Leverkusen 2000 (editor, with B. Lenz, W. Vogt)
  • Without a mission statement? Urban development in Germany and Europe. - Stuttgart, Zurich 1998 (editor, with H. Becker, R. Sander)

Prof. Dr. Hubert job

Born in 1958. From 2000 to 2008 a.o. University professor at the Institute for Economic Geography at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, since 2008 holder of the chair for geography and regional research at the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg. Full member of the Academy for Spatial Research and Regional Planning. Studied spatial and environmental planning and geography at the Universities of Kaiserslautern and Trier, doctorate in 1990, habilitation in geography in 1998.


Dr. Robert Kaltenbrunner

Head of the "Building, Housing, Architecture" department of the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning, from 1990 to 1999 project manager for large-scale housing projects at the Senate Department for Building and Housing in Berlin. Born 1960, Dipl.-Ing. Architect and urban planner with a wide range of interests in a wide range of planning and building topics

Publications (selection):

  • Building and meaning. European connotations to the architecture of the Chinese housing estate. Part I: The Foundations of the Fifties. In: ORIENTATIONS. Zeitschrift zur Kultur Asiens 4 (1994) II. Half-year volume, pp. 113-137, and 5 (1995) I. Half-year volume, pp. 72-97
  • Berlin aporias? In: From politics and current affairs. Supplement to the weekly newspaper "Das Parlament", August 17, 2001, pp. 31-39
  • Vacuum. The public space in the context of "shrink-city" and social change. In: The public space in times of shrinking. Ed .: H. Nagler, R. Rambow, U. Sturm. - Berlin 2004, pp. 17-39
  • The City Turned into a Region. Concepts for Action in Agglomeration. In: Shrinking Cities. Vol. 2 - Interventions. Ed .: P. Oswalt. - Ostfildern 2006, pp. 310-321
  • Architecture and sustainability - a complicated relationship. In: Energy Atlas - Sustainable Architecture. Ed .: Hegger, M .; Fuchs, M .; Stark, T .; Zeumer, M. - Basel, Boston, Berlin 2008, pp. 18-23
  • Open to a limited extent? Urban planning in a regional dimension: a look outside the box. In: The old city. Journal of Urban History, Urban Sociology, Monument Preservation and Urban Development 35 (2008) No. 2, pp. 187-198

Prof. Dr. Karl-Dieter Keim

Born 1939. Most recently director of the Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning, Erkner (1992-2004) and Professor of Urban and Regional Development at the Technical University of Cottbus (1993-2004), before that from 1982 to 1992 Professor of Urbanism and Social Planning of the University of Bamberg. Studied sociology and political science at the University of Mannheim (1966-1970); from 1970 to 1982 research assistant and coordinator at the German Institute for Urban Studies in Berlin. 1979 doctorate at the Technical University of Darmstadt, 1982 habilitation at the University of Hanover.

Research focus: Urban and regional development, sociology of planning, local politics and urban governance

Selected recent publications:

  • On the Difficulties Involved with the Examination of Complex Policy Agendas. In: German Annual of Spatial Research and Policy. Restructuring Eastern Germany. Ed .: S. Lentz. - Berlin, Heidelberg 2007, pp. 27-39
  • A creative look at shrinking cities. In: The European City. Ed .: W. Siebel. - Frankfurt / M. 2004, pp. 208-218
  • The window to space: treatise on research into socio-spatial transformation. - Opladen 2003. = teaching texts social sciences

Folkert Kiepe

Born 1947. Alderman of the German Association of Cities and Head of the Department for Urban Development, Building, Housing and Transport; Alderman of the North Rhine-Westphalian City Council. Until 1985, after studying law and politics and briefly as a lawyer, he worked in the Cologne city administration, most recently as a departmental lawyer for the areas of urban development, regional planning, building law and environmental protection. In addition to numerous other functions: Member of the German Academy for Urban Development and Regional Planning, the Board of Trustees of the Academy for Regional Research and Regional Planning and the Advisory Board for Regional Planning at the Federal Minister for Transport, Building and Urban Development; Board member of the German Association for Housing, Urban Development and Spatial Planning, the German Association for Urban Development and Trade (urbanicom) and the German Volksheimstättenwerk.

Publications on questions of building law, housing and transport policy as well as urban development; Among other things, co-author and editor of a commentary on the state building regulations of North Rhine-Westphalia, a commentary on the building code and a four-volume manual on municipal transport planning.