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Welcome to the website of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Ecological and Revitalizing Urban Transformation

Exterior view of the IZS (Photo: Ricardo Vigh, IOER)
Exterior view of the IZS

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Ecological and Revitalizing Urban Transformation is a joint research facility of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) and Technische Universität (TU) Dresden. In particular, the TU Dresden is represented by the International Institute Zittau, which is a central academic unit of the university. 

Many towns and cities in old industrial regions are particularly subject to demographic and economic change. Many of these towns and cities face particular challenges such as implementing the so-called “energy revolution” to replace fossil fuels, dealing with climate change and preserving their architectural heritage. An ecological and revitalizing urban transformation is required in order to preserve this heritage and to secure citizens’ quality of life.

This is the heart of the IZS’s research activities, which are to analyze social trends, urban politics and their repercussions on towns and cities. In this way the IZS supports municipalities and higher-level decision-makers to develop and test solutions. The focus is on instruments and processes to steer development at the level of towns, urban districts and between municipalities. The interdisciplinary research is complemented by transfer activities at the regional, national and European levels. Here the European City Görlitz/Zgorzelec serves as a cross-border urban laboratory. The centre maintains close links to other institutions in Central and Eastern Europe within its research network.