Transitioning from quantitative growth and expansion, to qualitative growth and quality of life:
the role of regional land use planning

FRM Living Lab

The Frankfurt/Rhein-Main (FRM) region is the third largest in Germany, and is known for its international airport, the finance sector and stock exchange, and high-tech industry. The core region is economically successful, with considerable job growth and in-migration. Although the city of Frankfurt am Main plays an important role, the region is polycentric with an intricate pattern of peri-urban centres and high-quality open space.

The FRM Living Lab is led by teams from the Regional Authority FrankfurtRheinMain and PRAC – Policy Research & Consultancy. They will collaborate with other regional partners including mayors and other representatives of districts and municipalities in the region, a representative of the Hessen association of rural districts, the heads of Environmental Protection and the Green Belt project group of Frankfurt/M. and of the agricultural and rural development office, as well as the head of the European Office of the Metropolitan Region FrankfurtRheinMain.  Together, they will support the rebalancing of economic, social and environmental goals of the region, which is expected to improve quality of life and increase long-term prosperity.

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Live Cases are a real-time journaling process for the Living Lab case studies. Follow along quarterly to learn more about the experiences and lessons learned taking place in the ROBUST Living Labs.

Fri 03 May

Live Case 2: The Ins and Outs of Regional Spatial Planning

Put simply, we are trying to assess the limits to growth in the Frankfurt/Rhein-Main Region. To this end, we have defined Außenbereich ("Outer Space") and Innenbereich ("Inner Space"), a dichotomy rooted in the German planning laws: There is the built-up area (Inner Space), and the rest....

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ROBUST is a European research project involving 24 partners from 11 countries. ROBUST receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727988.

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