Open Space Study in Munich

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Usage Patterns of Public Open Spaces in Socio-Demographic Change


This broad study is intended to show to what extent Munich’s open space landscape is prepared for the future and what these spaces must achieve today and in the future. Munich is both one of the densest and fastest growing cities in Germany. Securing, qualifying, and enhancing open spaces for the public is crucial to ensuring a good quality of life in a growing city that cannot increase its total surface area. With the concept report Freiraum München 2030, the Bavarian capital has taken the first important step in the right direction.

The study now put out to tender focuses on the users' perspective in order to derive needs, opportunities, and risks in the further development of public open spaces. These already built spaces must be further developed and designed in a long-term, flexible, and robust manner. The study starts with the large number of different open space types in Munich in relation to different kinds of neighborhoods. Besides these structural types, the main objective of the socio-spatial study is to determine the diversity and types of use of the open space landscape. As a result, central recommendations for action to further develop the open space landscape in Munich are currently being developed.


Project Information

  1. Client
    City of Munich, Department of Urban Planning and Building Regulations
  2. Cooperating partners
    STUDIO | STADT | REGION, forschungsplus, netzwerk studio urbane landschaften, freiwurf, Polizeiakademie Niedersachsen
  3. Project leader at RWTH
    Prof. Dr. Agnes Förster, Maddalena Iovene PhD
  4. Project timeframe
    April 2019 to December 2020
  5. Services provided by the chair
    Subject-specific cooperation, head of GIS analysis
  6. Further information
    Current status of the project can be reviewed on the city of Munich's website (german)