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Project information

Project team

Tim Leibert, Karin Wiest, Sebastian Specht, Christian Hanewinkel


Leibniz Association

Duration of project

11/2014 – 09/2015

Funded by

Further information

Karin Wiest
Tel.: 089 55 26 59 74

Visualising urban dynamics

IfL actively involved in the "Year of Science 2015 – Future Cities"

Our cities are in constant change. An important driving force of social change is house moving within the city. Residential areas in the suburbs are having a disproportionately high percentage of old people, because the young people go away. In particular, the higher earners among them often prefer to live in the inner city. This increases the prices here, so that long-established resident groups are driven out of the inner-city residential areas. At the same time, young families often move out of the city in the surrounding communities.

Geographers and cartographers of the IfL have developed an interactive plan of the city of Leipzig, which allows visualising mobility processes throughout the city region and in different neighbourhoods: moving in urban and peri-urban residential areas, migration patterns between town and country, as well as longer-term trends such as shrinking, growth and change in the age structure.


With this project, the IfL actively participated in the Year of Science 2015 – Future Cities, an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research: The presentation was part of the exhibition “Future City” on board of the MS Wissenschaft. The converted cargo boat traveled through Germany and Austria from April to September 2015.