ReNewTown expert

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Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS)
Flakenstraße 28-31, 15537 Erkner
Research institution
Involvement of the expert in projects

Interval-study Leipzig-Grünau – empirical long-term study on housing satisfaction in a large housing estate: Leipzig Grünau is the largest housing estate in the City of Leipzig. Since 1979 a long term survey was carried out to analyse the changes in the socio-demographic situation and the housing satisfaction in Grünau over the last 40 decades- also when large urban restructuring and demolition activities took place in the last 10 years

Stadtkarrieren in peripherisierten Räumen. Entwicklungsdynamiken und Handlungsoptionen (Careers of towns in peripherial areas): The project focuses on the different development processes and structural chances that occur in various cities with similar starting points. The project objective is to understand why cities that are all located in perhipherial areas have different patterns in (urban) development. Furthermore recommondations for particular urban development policies should be elaborated.

SHRINK SMART: The Governance of Shrinkage within a European Context: The study aims to understand the major challengences for urban planning in shrinking cities with regard to decision-making processes and governance. As a result different recommondations will be developed for different shrinking cities and their constellations.

Specialization of the institution
improvement of conditions and quality of the public spaces between the prefabricated blocks of flats
improvement of appearance of socialistic architecture
support of identity of local community with the place the community lives in
Specialization of the institution (description)
IRS has done a lot of research on Germany’s largest funding programme Urban Restructuring East. Therefore it has a lot of experience with regard to structures of the socialist era and districts that are affected by regeneration activities.

Publications in English are:

BERNT, Matthias: Partnerships for Demolition: The Governance of Urban Renewal in East Germany's Shrinking Cities. In: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley-Blackwell Verlag, p 754-769

Bernt, Matthias (2009): Renaissance through demolition in Leipzig, In: Porter, Libby/ Shaw, Kate (Hg.): Whose urban renaissance? An international comparison of policy drivers and responses to urban regeneration strategies, London: Routledge, S. 75-83

Bernt, Matthias (2007): Six Years of Stadtumbau Ost (‘Urban Restructuring East’) Programme: Difficulties of Dealing with Shrinking Cities, In: Langner, Marcel/ Endlicher, Wilfried (Hg.): Shrinking Cities: Effects on Urban Ecology and Challenges for Urban Development, Frankfurt a. M. u.a.: Peter Lang Verlagsgruppe, S. 95-104

Bernt, Matthias (2007): Neither normalisation, nor decay: Housing estates in Eastern Germany, In:Komar, Beata/ Kucharczyk-Brus, Beata (Hg.): Housing and environmental conditions in Pot-communist countries, Gliwice: Wydawnictwo Politechniki Slaskiej

Strategies for Urban Regeneration – The Transformation of cities in Northern England and Eastern Germany. In: Lentz, Sebastian (ed.): German Annual of Spatial Research and Policy. Restructuring Estern Germany. Berlin, Heidelberg 2007, pp. 123-138

For further publications see also:

Received prizes and awards:

The Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP)2010 Best Paper Prize for the papter ‘Partnerships for Demolition: The Governance of Urban Renewal in East Germany's Shrinking Cities’, IJURR, Volume 33 Issue 3, pp. 754–769

‘Nachwuchspreis der Deutschen Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft (DVPW) 2003‘ (Young Talent Award of the German Political Science Association in 2003)