Karin Wiest, Giulia Montanari, Günter Herfert
Bonn University; ILS –Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development
German Research Association
Against the backdrop of raising mobility, new possibilities of communication and the blurring of spatiotemporal boundaries between different social spheres, the project aimed to examine current tendencies in the development of residential areas and the everyday life of residents.
By analysing spatial activity patterns and residential decision-making of households in German polycentric city regions it was to be shown, how societal change influences the spatial behavior in daily life. The following questions were investigated:
To answer those questions, a quantitative as well as qualitative survey was conducted in the regions of Cologne/Bonn, the Eastern Ruhr Area and Leipzig/Halle.
The empirical findings revealed a two-phase residential decision-making process. The residents confined themselves to look for housing only within narrow areas – mostly specific parts of the city or region. The polycentric structure of the three regions was hardly perceived as such. In the second phase „hard“ criteria such as cost, transport connections and supply facilities come to the fore. At the same time the findings show that against the backdrop of different societal trends mainly those parts of regions are evaluated as being attractive where daily needs can be covered in narrow areas and only short distances have to be covered.
Haunstein, S. / Montanari, G. / Wiest, K. (2012): Wohnstandortentscheidungen in der Region Halle/Leipzig: Charakteristische Standortprofile und Nachfragergruppen am Beispiel von fünf Quartieren. In: Statistischer Quartalsbericht, Jahrgang: 2012/ II, S. 17-23. Download
Montanari, G. / Wiest, K. / Wörmer, S. (2013): Die Entgrenzung von Arbeit und die Transformation raumbezogener Orientierungen – Eine Annäherung in der Region Halle/Leipzig. Geographica Helvetica, 68, S. 105–116. Abstract online