Mission Statement

The climate crisis, increasing social and spatial polarisation, and the deterioration of democratic decision-making processes are among the most critical challenges we are facing in the 21st century. Urban spaces are central to addressing these issues and others.

The Institute for European Urban Studies works and carries out research in the field of socio-environmental transformation, social participation and heritage based on the principle of spatial justice. The Institute combines expertise in urban and spatial development, urban planning, and urban and rural life, focussing on – but not limited to – European regions. The Institute's work centres around dealing with these issues within the context of global processes, power relations, as well as researching sociological and ecologically just methods and strategies.

The Institute for European Urban Studies was founded in 2004 as a research and teaching centre in the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. It acts as a space for dealing with questions concerning urban and rural spaces and their interrelationships within an international context and from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The Institute’s strength lies in its ability to interweave research and design approaches: The nine professorships associated with the Institute – Urban Planning, Spatial Planning and Spatial Research, Urban Studies and Social Research, Landscape Architecture and Planning, Design and Urban Architecture, Urban Design I, »Stadt Raum Entwerfen«, Conservation and History of Architecture, and European Cities and Urban Heritage – contribute to the development of research from various scientific perspectives and through different methodological approaches based on material, social and discursive spaces.

DFG:“NagelbrettbinderSPP 2255,Construction as a CulturalHeritageWüstenrot-Stiftung:ConservationPostmodernismDFG:Identity and HeritageDAAD (IVAC):New Urban MobilityBMBF:Urban-RuralAssemblyBMBF:AFRESI – AfricanResilient CitiesDFG: Large-scale Projects in DiscourseWorking Group: Weimarian HousingResearchBMBF:Stadtwende– Urban RenewalAnnual Conference: Authoritarian UrbanismDFG: Conservation Raumfachwerk(SPP 2255,Construction as a CulturalHeritage)BMBF: Vogtlandpioniere- Innovation inRegional DevelopmentDFG: Housing in a MonumentSeries: Weimarian City TalksWorking Group Socio-ecological SpatialResearchModern HeritageMobilityBlue-green InfrastructuresMental HealthMemory StudiesClimateLandGovernanceUrban LeftoversHousingDemocracyAuthoritarianismBuilding TransitionMigrationPlanning HistoryWaterUrban-ruralHERITAGESOCIAL PARTICIPATIONSOCIAL ECOLOGICAL TRANSFORMATION Research LandscapeResearch projects at IfEU and/or participation of IfEU Professors[Stand: July 2023]COMPLETED PROJECTS - EU: UrbanHist (2016–2022) - Volkswagen Stiftung: Monument Topography Taschkent (2017–2019)- HBS: NFG Social Housing Supply (2016-2019)- BMBF: KOMET (2016–2019)- Volkswagen Stiftung: Rurban Landscapes (2015–2019)- IBA: CityCountrySchool (2014–2018)- Spatial Planning and Modes of Political Domination (2020/2021)- Urban Austerity (2014)- Future of Inner Cities (2015)- Housing for All?! (2016)- Rurban Landscapes (2017)- Housing Questions without an End (2018)- Land.Economy.Society (2019)ANNUAL CONFERENCESPROFESSORSHIPSUrban Design IUrban Planning Conservation and History of ArchitectureSpatial Planning and ResearchEuropean Cities and Urban HeritageLandscape Architecture and Planning Urban Studies and Social ResearchUrban and Regional DesignUrban Architecture- DAAD: IPP-Programs (GSSP UrbanHousing, previously: Urban Heritage) (2002–2022)- BMBF: Urban Co-Production of Social Rights and Public Welfare (2020–2022)- BMWSB/BBSR: Winter School The Identity-forming Region (2021–2022)- FES: Changing Cities in a Changing Climate (2021-2022)- BMWSB/BMI/BBSR: Post-Corona City (2021–2023)- TAB: Three Rooms, Kitchen, Hall, Bath (2017–2021)

What is the Institute for European Urban Studies (IfEU) at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar?

The following movie from 2019 is a collection of interviews with current professors, researchers and students at the Institute for European Urban Studies.

Institute for European Urban Studies

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Many thanks to everyone involved, including those who worked on the film in the background:

Film and production: Elodie Vittu, Simona Grüter-Bîrgaoanu
Camera and interviews: Miriam Neßler, Moritz Twente
Editing and color correction: Jascha Fibich