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TMUEN Study “Making neighbourhoods liveable together – more space for green and climate friendly mobility”


Spatial use in neighbourhoods is still predominantly centred around car friendly infrastructures. Safe and broad side walks and bike lanes are not available everywhere, which has negative ecological, health-related and social consequences for cities and their residents. The importance of fair spatial distribution to all traffic participants as well as innovative planning approaches as a means to transform mobility has recently been shown by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Integrated participatory planning processes with learning opportunities for both sides, combined with the trial of temporary spatial alterations could be an opportunity for the implementation of measures that are accepted by and tailored to the needs of the residents. It could even further the transformation into green mobility and lead to healthier, prospering cities. The research project “Making neighbourhoods liveable together” investigates these topics and aims to discover solutions as to how green structures, environmentally friendly mobility, communication and a sense of community can be increased in dense neighbourhoods.

The project aims to develop concrete measures to promote an equal spatial distribution within model neighbourhoods in Erfurt and Jena. The main goal of this project is to compile recommendations for potential measures, implementation strategies, participation formats and project costs to enable the cities to initiate action-oriented processes in both model neighbourhoods. In the following phase, temporary measures will be implemented as part of a trial, e. g. provisionally seating accommodations in parking spaces or pop-up bike lanes. The findings from these trials will be used to initiate a long term implementation of increased green spaces, climate friendly mobility, urban green, health and quality of life in both model neighbourhoods. The process will be overseen by scientific researchers.

In the first phase of the project, the ISP - Institute for Urban Research, Planning and Communication at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt and the DUH – Environmental Action Germany (Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V.), in cooperation with the cities Erfurt and Jena, will be assessing existing data sets, foundations and structures, which can support the process of a participation-oriented, green mobility transformation in the model neighbourhoods. Furthermore, own research and findings will be added to the existing data by assessing and evaluating current frameworks within the model neighbourhoods in reference to potential transformations. The examination will focus on a number of aspects, for example, which institutions and stakeholders should be involved in the process, the demographic structure and spatial distribution within the neighbourhoods, measures that have been implemented in the past as well as existing planning efforts and concepts. The project will be oriented after the model city’s capacities and resources to take action and aims to develop an integrated approach, actively involving relevant actors, such as stakeholders, residents and traders.

Funded by the Thuringian Ministry of Environment, Energy and Nature Conservation (TMUEN)
Duration: 04/2021 – 06/2022

Project board

ISP - Institute for Urban Research, Planning and Communication at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heidi Sinning,
Project management

N.N.,
Academic researcher

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Joint research partners

Environmental Action Germany (DUH)
Markus Zipf (Head of Urban Environmental Protection)
Janos Wieland (Project manager, Urban Environmental Protection)

Cooperation partners

State capital Erfurt
City of Jena


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