The Interdisciplinary Centre for Transformative Urban Regeneration continues the activities of  the Görlitz Centre for Expertise in Urban Revitalization (Görlitz Kompetenzzentrum Revitalisierender Städtebau). The latter was founded at the initiative of the German Foundation for Monument Protection (Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz) as an outpost of Technische Universität Dresden in 2004. From 2004 to 2013 it was led by Prof. Dr. Jürg Sulzer, who also held the endowed chair of Urban Transformation and Research at the faculty of architecture at TU Dresden.

The Görlitz Competence Centre worked on innovative ideas and strategies for the future of the European City. The core mission was to provide qualified and practical advice to city administrations, private stakeholders and public institutions regarding the future of the European city.

The predecessor of IZS, the Görlitz Centre for Expertise in Urban Revitalization (Görlitz Kompetenzzentrum Revitalisierender Städtebau) worked on numerous research and transfer projects. Below, selected projects are presented. Futher projects are presented on the German website. For more information on individual projects, don’t hesitate to contact us.

EU research project: Energy Efficiency for European Cultural Heritage (3ENCULT)

The research project 3ENCULT was conducted under the 7th framework programme for research of the European Union and was coordinated by the Institute for Renewable Energy of the European Academy Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC). 22 Partners from different European countries worked on strategies for increasing the energy efficiency of historic buildings within the city. Aside from aspects of air conditioning technology and living or utilization comfort, issues of monument protection were considered. One work package the Görlitz Competence Centre was responsible for from 2010 to 2014 investigated the urban context and opportunities of energy efficiency on the district level.


The pilot project STADTerPROBEN was developed in the context of the National Urban Development Policy from 2012 to 2013 and was supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS). STADTerPROBEN registered projects with pilot approaches in German cities aiming to investigate possibilities and conditions of an experimental proceeding in practical planning. Experimental proceedings stand for distinct forms of organization, partnerships, and mindsets, as well as the courage for being open for unforeseen results in the urban development and planning process. The idea for this pilot project was based on a nationwide acquisition of experimental project approaches. 15 municipal case studies with experimental character were examined in detail.