Flexible and more involved thanks to new interactive learning format at IPS (24th January 2019)

Away from pure lectures towards an interactive and flexible learning format- this is the case this semester for the IPS elective subject on planning in developing countries in spatial and environmental planning.

Hanna Häberle and Maximilian Miebs are taking the course and are finding the new style great. Not the least because they have the oppurtunity to participate more in the course than usually.

article from UNISPECTRUM live

Better quality of life in shrinking cities (2nd July 2018)

Research teams from Europe, the US, Mexico and Japan are looking for solutions against the downfall of cities with structural problems.

article  from Transforming Cities

Studieson the growing commuter traffic to Luxembourg (March 2018)

The department International planning systems headed by Prof. Karina Pallagst is engaged in the traffic situation in the Greater Region. The master thesis of Daniel Baum and the doctoral thesis of Beate Caesar, examined the status of cross-border public transport and infrastructure. Additionally, the approaches to improve the cross-border commuter traffic were analysed.

Prof. Karina Pallagst and Beate Caesar were interviewed on this topic by Melanie Löw, responsible for the press and public relations work of the TUK.

press release  TUK

article  from the luxemburger journal

article  from International Transportation

City of green wonders (2nd September 2017)

The former mining city of Essen now presents itself as the "European Green Capital". And not only here could bio-economy play an important role in the future.  


INTERREG Border Studies Projekt in the SWR Radio (29th December 2017)

Prof Karina Pallagst, project coordinator at the TU Kaiserslautern, was interviewed in the show "Journal am Mittag" from SWR2 on the topic 'Science centre for border studies started'.


Radio Interview with Prof. Karina Pallagst at Antenne Kaiserslautern (2nd Semptember 2017)


Researchers from the GIAGEM project in UniSpectrum Live (16th October 2017)


Prof.Karina Pallagst from the Department of Spatial and Environmental Planning at SWR Fernsehen (20th Semptember 2016)

The symposium "Transboundary Spaces, Policy Diffusion, Planning Cultures", organized by department of Internationale Planungsungssysteme, was in the SWR Landeschau Rheinland-Pfalz. Watch the video here.

Head to head in the race for the most growth published in Der Standard on September 5th, 2014

The population growth of Vienna will be unusually high even by international comparison. Hardly any other European city will be able to keep up - only Munich is a secret competitior.

Karina Pallagst, professor for international planning systems at the TU Kaiserslautern in Germany sees the combination of cultural and economic attractiveness as being responsible for the growth of Vienna.


Glasgow and Dundee dispute conference link to Detroit's shrinking city, published in Herald Scotland on 10. November in 2013

WITH its boarded-up skyscrapers in once-prosperous neighbourhoods, and crumbling factories replacing its once-thriving industry, Detroit is the most famous example of a "shrinking city".

But a conference will be told this week that Glasgow and Dundee are among other cities around the world that risk a similar fate.

Shrinking cities, defined as suffering population loss, economic decline and blighted by abandoned buildings or derelict land - will be discussed at a three-day conference at Edinburgh University from Thursday.


Shrinking cities in Germany and the US - a comparison and learning process, published in UNISPECTRUM 1/2013

How does planning change in a shrinking city? Which strategies can reduce the consequences of population loss? To answer these and more questions a worksop was organised by the departement international planning systems at the TU Kaiserslautern. Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Karina Pallagst and her team the event on "Shrinking Cities, Planning Cultures and Planning Strategies in a German - US Context" took place on the 28th of Semptember 2012.


Durch und durch geplant – GEGENÜBER: Ungsteinerin Karina Pallagst ist Professorin für internationale Planungssysteme, published in the Rheinpfalz on February 14. in 2013

BAD DÜRKHEIM: Karina Pallagst ist Planerin. Das ist nicht nur ihr Job, auch für das Gespräch mit der RHEINPFALZ hat sie sich gut vorbereitet, alle wichtigen Informationen sofort parat. Die Professorin für internationale Planungssysteme an der Technischen Universität (TU) Kaiserslautern ist in Ungstein zu Hause. Zurzeit berät sie die Stadt Speyer zum Thema Konversion. Ein. Porträt.


Sports field stands between city and students - Suggestions collected yesterday at a meeting in the town hall for the civilian follow-up use of Speyer's four military areals, published in the Rheinpfalz, Lokales: Speyer on December 12. in 2012

SPEYER: In a "conversion dialog" the city stepped into the townhall yesterday: Residents and other interested people can contribute ideas for how the four Bundeswehr areals in Speyer can be used after the deaprture of the 900 soldiers until mid 2016.


Von Schweden lernen? Studenten der TU Kaiserslautern nehmen die Verbandsgemeinde unter die Lupe, published in the Rheinpfalz, Lokales: Landkreis Südwestpfalz on April 26. in 2011

PIRMASENS: Acht Studenten der Technischen Universität (TU) Kaiserslautern befassen sich während des Sommersemesters zwölf Wochen lang mit einem Projekt. "Vom Ausland lernen - Raumentwicklung in Rheinland-Pfalz und Schweden" lautet das Thema des Projekts, bei die Problematik des demographischen Wandels thematisiert wird.


Aus Glitzerband wird Rostgürtel a la Chasm City – Aufstieg und Niedergang der amerikanischen Städte der Autoindustrie, published at Radio Utopie on June 14. in 2009

In dem Zukunftsroman “Chasm City” (Teil des “Offenbarung”- Romanzyklus, erschienen 2001) von Alastair Reynolds ereilen die einst blühenden Habitate und am weitesten fortgeschrittene Zivilisation in der Geschichte der Menschheit – das Glitzerband – um den Planeten Yellowstone einen jähen wirtschaftlichen und damit verbundenen sozialen Verfall infolge der bewusst durch ihre Elite herbeigeführten Schmelzseuche, bei der eine Art Virus Nanotechnologie befällt. Aus dem Glitzerband wird der Rostgürtel. Die USA haben auch einen Rostgürtel...more...

Honey I shrunk the City - Bold new idea for dealing with declining urban centres, published at Public Radio International and KCRW Santa Monica on  June 12. in2009 

For years, urban planning has been all about growth. But in recent years, with the decline of American manufacturing, a whole new school of thought has emerged. It's all about shrinking, not growing. As more and more metropolitan areas lose populations and healthy tax bases, guest host Sara Terry looks at how are cities coming up with new solutions to control the change, instead of simply trying to cope with it. Download the audio file here

US cities may have to be bulldozed in order to survive, published in London Daily Telegraph on June 12. in 2009

The government looking at expanding a pioneering scheme in Flint, one of the poorest US cities, which involves razing entire districts and returning the land to nature. Local politicians believe the city must contract by as much as 40 per cent, concentrating the dwindling population and local services into a more viable area. The radical experiment is the brainchild of Dan Kildee, treasurer of Genesee County, which includes Flint. more...

An Effort to Save Flint, Mich., by Shrinking It, published in the New York Times on April 22. in 2009

FLINT, Mich. — Dozens of proposals have been floated over the years to slow this city’s endless decline. Now another idea is gaining support: speed it up. Instead of waiting for houses to become abandoned and then pulling them down, local leaders are talking about demolishing entire blocks and even whole neighborhoods. more...

It's time to get real, experts say. New Orleans is a shrinking city, published at The Times-Picayune on November 22. in 2008

Buffalo. Pittsburgh. Cincinnati. The poets will never compare them to Paris -- or, for that matter, to New Orleans, the fountainhead of so much American culture. Still, those humble burgs are New Orleans' peers these days, in at least two important respects: About 300,000 people now call them home, and their zenith, in terms of population, has passed. And cities like these have something to teach New Orleans: how to cope with getting smaller. more...

Smart Decline, published in Governing, November 2006

In 40 years, Youngstown has lost more than half its population. Those people aren't coming back. But shrinking doesn't have to mean dying. more...

A tale of shrinking cities, published in Newsletter from the Institute of Urban and Regional Development, January 2005

As far back as the mid-19th century, the German cities of Leipzig and Dresden have been centers of trade and commerce. Leipzig prospered from coal mining, petroleum and chemical industries. Dresden thrived on numerous small manufacturing enterprises producing various goods like sewing machines, typewriters, photographic equipment, pharmaceuticals, and electrical products. After German unification in 1990, however, these former socialist cities were suddenly confronted with the highly competitive global market. Industries that once employed every citizen, under the socialist regime, found themselves dramatically downsizing their workforces in the free market context. more...