DE-3.1 :: Rural areas

There is an overall research deficit in the fields of planning, management and steering mechanisms in rural areas. New guidance frameworks are required which are decoupled from the agricultural economic perspective and can direct the creation of independent development perspectives for villages and small cities in rural regions. The spatial planning system of central places used for the securing of a common standard of life quality must be further examined in relation to this issue and be further developed in ""Reallabore"", as seen in the Internationale Bauausstellung Thüringen – an international architecture exhibition – or the Reallabore in the Black Forrest region.
This especially concerns the research questions of
• Which good examples for the development of rural areas are existing on the national/international level and how do they operate? What is generalizable and can be learned from these examples?
• What concepts and tools are required for the adaption of existing and planned settlement areas in shrinking rural regions and which instruments are required for the support of decision-making in this regard? (example the further development of follow-up cost studies)
• How are rural spaces affected by the current migration movements (in the context of demographic change, but also refugees) and how do they affect land use? How can planning react to these aspects?
• Can research support or contribute to the improvement of concepts of inter-communality and stability in rural spaces?