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Reconstruction of Eastern Germany „Land recycling in suburban spaces – An actor-oriented guideline for waste land recycling: strategies for land recycling in suburban spaces”

Duration: 07/2004 - 12/2004

Client: The Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development BBRS at Bonn

Researchers: Professor Dr.-Ing. Sabine Baumgart, Dr. Johannes Flacke, Dipl.-Ing. Rüdiger Bleck

Co-operation partner: Planning Agency Uta Schneider, Dresden, in(corporate communication + design GmbH, Berlin IREGIA e.V. Technical University Chemnitz


Valorisation of peripherally located waste land, requires

specific and suitable strategies. One course of action is a re-development with buildings, provided a demand for land exists. Regarding the immense supply of space in Eastern Germany, this option only applies in few regions. In all other cases, different solutions, based on a creative and multi-disciplinary management of vacant and brownfield land, are necessary. Creative management means, in situations of limited funds, to motivate actors to focus on the redevelopment of less marketable sites. These often overlooked sites are not the inevitable result of the transformational process of Eastern Germany. They rather represent a potential for future city and regional development such as redevelopment, interim land use solutions or renaturation.

Project’s goals:

  • categorisation of vacant and brownfield land in suburban spaces.
  • Presenting creative solutions of managing with waste land through setting good practice examples, such as renaturations.
  • Analysis of financial and organisational aspects, required for successful land recycling
  • Determination of strategies of valorisation of waste land, including its spatial relevance.
  • Informing actors about the strategies of valorisation in order to activate them for redevelopment of waste land

Contact: Professor Dr.-Ing. Sabine Baumgart


  • Baumgart, S.; Flacke, J. 2005: Flächenrecycling in suburbanen Räumen. Akteursorientierte Handlungsstrategien und Arbeitshilfen. Image-Broschüre, erstellt im Auftrag des Bundesamtes für Bauwesen und Raumordnung. Bonn (Download)
  • Flacke, J. 2006: Ein Kommunikationskonzept für das Flächenrecycling in suburbanen Räumen. In: Hanke, M. et al. (Hrsg.): Flächenrecycling in Stadtumbauregionen. Strategien, innovative Instrumente und Perspektiven für das Flächenrecycling und die städtebauliche Erneuerung. Freiberg