European Conglomerations

Challenges for planning and building

Growing metropolises are a global phenomenon. The European conglomerations show a moderate growth in global comparison, which is therefore potentially a controlled growth. Since the Club of Rome called attention to “The Limits of Growth” in 1972, growth is closely connected with the term of Sustainability. The goal of this congress was to accept the chances and limits of urban change as challenges and to provide research results as well as solution approaches. Economic, legal and constructional aspects were made the subject of discussion based on societal developments.



Europe’s meaning for the Rhine-Main conglomeration (German recording)
State minister Lucia Puttrich, Minister for federal and European matters

Growing conglomerations in the context of sustainability (German recording)
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Klaus Töpfer, founding director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, former environmental and construction minister, former head of the United Nations environmental program in Nairobi

Forum I: Economy, Law and Infrastructure


Investment law and land management as drivers of land prices in Europe (German recording)
Dr. Fabian Thiel, FFin

Planning control of (social assistance) residential construction (German recording)
Dr. Stefan Pützenbacher, FFin

Sustainable infrastructure development with the water supply system of the Rhine-Main-Region as an example (German recording)
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Roth

Forum II: Planning       

Housing: Gentrification in conglomerations (German PowerPoint)
Prof. Dr. Maren Harnack, FFin

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Planning for Reduced Car Dependence in European and Other Global Cities
Prof. Dr. Jeff Kenworthy, FFin

INSPIRE – digital harmonized European planning data as basic infrastructure
Prof. Dr. Robert Seuß, FFin

Joint Forum

Alliance for housing in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main conglomeration between urban pressure and climate protection (German recording)
Dr. Christian Hey, Head of the department climate protection, sustainable city development, biological diversity in the Hessian ministry for the Environment, climate protection, agriculture and consumer protection

Housing promotion in conglomerations – Approaches in the state of Hesse (German recording)
Dr. Harald Schlee, WIBank

The decisive role of affordable housing for (sub-)culture in the development of conglomerations (German recording)
Dipl.-Ing. Peter Cachola Schmal, senior director of the German Architecture Museum (DAM)

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last updated on: 01.09.2020