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Interval Study „Housing and Living in Leipzig-Grünau 2020“


2020 − 2021

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"Interval Study Grünau" will be continued

The development of the large housing estate Leipzig-Grünau has been accompanied sociologically since its formation. Between 1979 and 2015, ten resident surveys have been conducted. In 2020, the 11th survey wave will take place.

Zeitleiste 1979-2020 The study focusses on the residents’ perspective on their housing conditions and social environment. The results serve to implement the Integrated Urban District Development Concept Grünau 2030 ("STEK").

An extensive resident survey enables the residents to value central characteristics of life quality in their housing environment. The main topics are city district development and housing conditions. Therewith, a huge information supply, related to the perception of different facets of living in Grünau, arises. Relying on a well-developed and tested methodological design, a very high return rate of questionnaires could always be reached. Thus, high-quality survey results are generated, which lead to profound explanations of complex problems. Based on the detailed knowledge and a comprehensive database, a factual argument with regard to the future prospects of this large housing estate is promoted.

The results, which are comparable over a long period of time, are of particular value. They provide information about changes, stabilities and required actions. The relevance of the interval study can be exemplified thereby that findings of the survey wave 2015 entered into the Integrated Urban District Development Concept Grünau 2030, which was decided by Leipzig City Council in 2018.

The scientific insights will be made available to city planners, housing enterprises and local initiatives. They will also be intensively discussed with the Grünau residents.

Planned research topics 2020

  • Differentiation processes within Grünau, and along with this a division of the large housing estate into smaller units, each with particular characteristics
  • Potentials of social infrastructure and their deficits (e.g. schools and health facilities) from the perspective of different age groups
  • Integration of migrants – successes and new challenges
  • Dynamic of property structures and impacts of specific enterprise decisions
  • Population development: gains, stabilization, losses
  • Adaptation to climate change at district level


Kabisch, S. (forthcoming): Wohnen in der Großwohnsiedlung. In: Eckardt, F., Meier, S. (eds.): Handbuch Wohnsoziologie: Prozesse, Räume und Kontexte des Wohnens. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Kabisch, S. (2019): Leipzig‐Grünau: Dynamiken und Persistenzen einer Großwohnsiedlung. In: Pasternack, P. (ed.): Das andere Bauhaus-Erbe. Leben in den Plattenbausiedlungen heute, Berlin: BWV – Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, 85-98.

Kabisch, S. (2019): Leipzig-Grünau. In: John, U., von Hehl, U. (eds.), Geschichte der Stadt Leipzig; Band 4: Vom Ersten Weltkrieg bis zur Gegenwart. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 852-856.

Kabisch, S., Ueberham, M., Söding, M. (2018): Dynamiken der Großwohnsiedlung Leipzig-Grünau aus Bewohnersicht in der Langzeitperspektive. In: Altrock, U., Grunze, N., Kabisch, S. (eds.): Großwohnsiedlungen im Haltbarkeitscheck: differenzierte Perspektiven ostdeutscher Großwohnsiedlungen. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 119-143. Online (DOI)

Kabisch, S., Ueberham, M., Schlink, U., Hertel, D., Mohamdeen, A.M.S. (2018): Local residential quality from an interdisciplinary perspective: combining individual perception and micrometeorological factors. In: Kabisch, S., Koch, F., Gawel, E., Haase, A., Knapp, S., Krellenberg, K., Nivala, J., Zehnsdorf, A. (eds.): Urban transformations − Sustainable urban development through resource efficiency, quality of life and resilience, Future City 10. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 235-255. Online (DOI)

Kabisch, S., Ueberham, M., Söding, M. (2016): Grünau 2015. Ergebnisse der Einwohnerbefragung im Rahmen der Intervallstudie „Wohnen und Leben in Grünau“. UFZ-Bericht 02/2016, Leipzig. Download (PDF, german, research report Grünau 2015)

Kabisch, S., Ueberham, M., Söding, M. (2016): 40 Jahre Stadtteil Grünau – 36 Jahre „Intervallstudie Grünau“ (Teil 1). In: Stadt Leipzig, Amt für Statistik und Wahlen. Statistischer Quartalsbericht I/2016: 33-36. Download (PDF, german)

Kabisch, S., Ueberham, M., Söding, M. (2016): 40 Jahre Stadtteil Grünau – 36 Jahre „Intervallstudie Grünau“ (Teil 2). In: Stadt Leipzig, Amt für Statistik und Wahlen. Statistischer Quartalsbericht II/2016: 29-32. Download (PDF, german)

Großmann, K., Kabisch, N., Kabisch, S. (2016): Understanding the social development of a post-socialist large housing estate: The case of Leipzig-Grünau in eastern Germany in long-term perspective.
Eur. Urban Reg. Stud. Full text (PDF)

Kabisch, S., Rink, D. (2015): Governing Shrinkage of Large Housing Estates at the Fringe. In: Hamel, P., Keil, R. (eds.), Suburban Governance: A Global View, Toronto, Buffalo, London: University of Toronto Press, 198-215

Kabisch, S., Großmann, K. (2013): Challenges for large housing estates in light of population decline and ageing: Results of a long-term survey in East Germany. In: Habitat International 39 (2013) 232-239. Full text (PDF)

Research reports of the past surveys (in German)


"Die Platte im Aufwind"
Article on Grünau from Carolyn Wissing (Einundleipzig), incl. video-interview with Prof. Dr. Sigrun Kabisch.

Interview − Prof. Dr. Sigrun Kabisch talks about the development and today's setting of Grünau: