"European Urban Studies" were founded as a course of studies at the Faculty of Architecture of the Bauhhaus University Weimar in 1999. Due to the fact that both research and teaching activities have continuously grown ever since in this field, the Institute for European Urban Studies (IfEU) was founded by five professors in February 2004: Prof. Dr. phil. habil Dieter Hassenpflug (Sociology and Social History of the City), Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Christ (Design and Urban Planning 1), Prof. Dr. phil. habil Max Welch Guerra (Spatial Planning and Spatial Research), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Nentwig (Construction Management and Construction Economy) and Prof. Dr. phil. Frank Eckardt (Urban Studies and Social Research, formerly Junior-Professorship Sociology of Globalization).
In the light of the profound transformation processes by which urban spaces are affected, the institute pursues the goal to contribute to the development of new and future-oriented planning concepts which correspond to the extensive problems and challenges of our time. In this context, theories and empirical studies on structure and quality of post-fordist spaces are equally important as the management of large-scale projects, moderation and mediation of informal planning processes and planning within transurban spaces. This innovative, both interdisciplinary and practice-oriented profile of the institute has contributed to its worldwide recognition.