Planning for Transformation

Future Habitats are habitats in transformation. The research line aims at innovation through design: (1) to test a new interaction between scientific and artistic research in the context of climate and social change, (2) to develop a proactive view on the connection of spatial and social potentials as opportunities, and (3) to reflect and disseminate innovative solutions and alternatives for spatial development—interdisciplinary within the university, as well as with cities, regions, social initiatives, and in international research cooperations. Design in the sense of planning and development encompasses various forms of creativity that strengthen society's ability to act, that are clearly oriented towards future development paths and that profoundly change ineffective patterns of control and coordination. The research line thus responds to the transformation processes in urban and rural areas driven by changing ways of working and living, which are accelerated by current developments such as the energy and transport turnaround and digitization. To this end, the faculty's disciplines of urban planning and urban design, landscape planning, and regional planning and development will establish fundamental research models in the framework of Future Habitats, which will innovatively position the subject-related focus on context reference in scientific and societal discourses. (Rainer Danielzyk, Jörg Schröder)