In the 21st Century, the city has become man’s habitat. All over the globe, land-use patterns, resource use and quality of life are changing as a result of two polarising urban development pathways: growth and shrinkage. In the face of demographic and climate change, this process must be sustainable.
Consequently, a wide range of different scientific methods from the social- and natural sciences in addition to models and scenarios are being implemented to assess different options for urban transformations that reflect efficient, liveable and resilient cities. Building on this, we are developing indicators and instruments and are testing strategies in terms of their sustainability. Close exchange with urban stakeholders and decision makers from politics and industry supports the investigation. Our goal is to explore different courses and options, opportunities and threats as well as policies and steering instruments for urban transformations.