Projects SCD

Planning diversity. The influence of city planning on spatial structures of diversity and the cohabitation of diverse groups

Christian Jacobs

In his dissertation Christian investigates the influence of city planning on spatial structures of diversity and the housing opportunities/patterns of diverse groups in German cities. He analyzes interventions of public and private planners as well as the underlying ideas of those planners. City planning today faces new tasks, as the composition of cities - through the diversification of urban societies - as well as the structures of urban planning have changed significantly in recent times. Cities nowadays commonly claim that they benefit from diversity and want to promote a diverse society. What remains mostly unclear is how these claims effect policies and planning. This is what the project wants to investigate in. Christian´s research focus lies on city administrations in Germany and especially the planning departments. How do public, but also private planners react to a diversification of urban societies? What aim, objectives and guiding principles do they have? How big is the planner´s actual scope of action? These are the main questions Christian asks in his research.

Christian’s project is part of the umbrella project “Cities and the Challenge of Diversity: a Study in Germany and France” (CityDiv). For his dissertation Christian utilizes both original quantitative and qualitative data. He uses results of the CityDiv-survey as well as material from interviews with spatial planners, social planners, politicians and private planners in housing associations.