Planning Lab "Spatial Imaginaries Lusatia 2050 – designing sustainable transformation": call for tender

As part of the BMBF project "Scientific support of the transformation process in Lusatia Region" of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Ecological and Revitalizing Urban Transformation (IZS) in Görlitz, a planning lab will develop spatial visions for the future of the transforming region from March 2021. Applications are open to interested participants until 8 February 2021.

The planning lab "Spatial Imaginaries Lusatia 2050 - designing sustainable transformation" invites interdisciplinary design teams to develop visions for the future regional development. The planning lab will be organised as a cooperative process and will establish a close exchange between external planning teams, scientists and regional experts within the context of three events.

The aim is to integrate discussions about the spatial development potential of Lusatia into the structural change process and to reflect planning conditions for shaping the transformation process in the coal phase-out. The cooperative planning lab is based on different approaches to strategic planning. It focuses on the spatial implications of the existing strategies for Lusatia in order to strengthen the path of sustainable regional development on this basis.

In implementing the planning laboratory, the IOER / IZS works closely with the planning actors in Brandenburg and Saxony, who support the process and are important partners in the further use of the results.

The IZS team is also supported by KARO* architekten from Leipzig, who accompany the process with their expertise and are the direct contacts for the participants.

Applications for participation in the planning lab are open to interdisciplinary teams from the fields of urban and regional planning, architecture, landscape architecture and other relevant disciplines. Further information on the application procedure can be found in the announcement.

Announcement (in German)

Handout with further information (in German)

Further information about the project (in German)

Contact at the IOER:
Dr. Antje Matern, E-Mail:
Jessica Theuner, E-Mail:


The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is jointly funded by the federal government and the federal states.

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This institute is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.