Four major themes for the future development of cities, conurbations and regions have been identified:
- regionalisation; and
- shrinking of cities and regions.
For the research theme 'City 2030' a competition of ideas has been held that led to the selection of 21 cities and conurbations across Germany, from a total of more than 100 participating municipalities. These selected cities and regions now represent the 21 main projects in the programme, which are accompanied by another 41 supporting tasks.
Participating cities and conurbations:
City of Beeskow, Braunschweig region, City of Bremen, City of Dietzenbach, City of Eisenhüttenstadt, City of Erlangen, City of Esslingen, Gießen-Wetzlar city area, European city of Görlitz/Zgorzelec (German/Polish border), European city of Guben/Gubin (German/Polish border), City of Günzburg, Karlsruhe Region (German/French border), City of Kiel, City of Leipzig, City of Mönchengladbach, City of Munich, City of Saarbrücken, Schkeuditz region, Schwalm-Eder-West region, Ruhr city area, Stuttgart Region.