Expert Workshop: Potentials and Challenges of Regional Transformation
As part of the BMBF-funded project "Urban-Rural Assembly (URA)“ that is led by the Habitat Unit, last Thursday the first Multiple-Actor-Workshop took place in the town of Nordhausen in Thuringia. The workshop was the start of a strategic planning process that will be implemented during this year and that will be carried out by the Sino-German scientists of the URA project together with representatives from politics, administration and civil society in close cooperation with the Berlin based planning office Urban Catalyst GmbH and IBA Thüringen GmbH. The aim of the expert workshop was to identify and discuss potentials and challenges of a socio-ecologically sustainable and climate-friendly development within the wider region of Nordhausen. To this end, representatives from the region worked together at various workshop tables on the topics of energy, resource and everyday landscapes followed by compiling the results on the model
The Sino-German project URA is funded by the BMBF for a period of six years and focuses on the interdisciplinary investigation of urban-rural linkages and material flows in the regions of Huangyan-Taizhou in China and the region of Nordhausen in Thuringia. Besides more multi-disciplinary and holistic approaches to research on urban-rural linkages, the aim of the project is the development and mainstreaming of new planning and governance tools that promote integrated development between urban and rural areas.
Photography: Jörg Gläscher