The research topics covered by the subject area include the contemporary and appropriate management of our architectural heritage, the resource-saving spatial development in transition areas between town and country that is accepted by the population, and the changing relationship between society and urban areas at the level of typology.

It is therefore necessary to analytically determine the components making up these structural-spatial and socially conditioned situations in order to be able to ask relevant questions. These include: What purpose does our architectural heritage serve today in the context of recent history? How are the areas of action of local structural development designed against a backdrop of demographic change and limited resources? How can current challenges in architecture and urban planning be mastered typologically?

This research activity builds on the scientific qualifications of the staff in this subject area and contributes to teaching at a methodological level. Knowledge is gained and presented through research, documentation, and model building. Topics are treated in the draft by way of example. Quantitative basic investigations are supplemented by comparisons. Students can form their own opinions through critical analysis and interpretation.

The results of the completed research work point to the special responsibility of cities and their citizens in dealing with their built environment, the potential offered by public presence and inter-municipal communication for spatial planning and design, and the adaptability of vernacular architectures.

The results of the research projects are disseminated at exhibitions, interdisciplinary workshops, and public forums. Funds for the implementation of the research projects are acquired through government and private grants.

Nuremberg architectural guide 

... This architectural guide comprehensively documents Nuremberg’s complex architecture. A total of 245 buildings with around 800 years of city history are presented in ten tours that lead from the city center to the outskirts. This presentation is supplemented by nine essays that shed light on the background of the architectural developments in this important German city.

The “Nuremberg Architectural Guide” was created in collaboration with students from the Faculties of Architecture and Design, who have intensively studied the complex architecture of their university town in this varied practical project. After three years of intensive research and editing, the result is a contemporary reference work published as part of the architecture series of the famous DOM publishers. more >

B4.0 - The aim of the research project is to carry out spatial research for the rural area of the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region in order to demonstrate, through the sustainable development of space, scope for action in which the use of space does not lead to a loss of spatial qualities. The aim of the research is therefore to develop guidelines and strategy proposals for future resource-saving and accepted development of rural towns using Bubenreuth as a case study in order to liberate rural areas from constituent framework conditions and to qualify existing structurally weak areas of the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region for the upcoming energy transition.
Research associates: Florian Bader M.A.
Cooperation partner: Ulrike Krämer, Faculty of Social Sciences
Prof. Arno Dentel, Institute for Energy and Building
Prof. Harald Kipke, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Nuremberg Tech
Prof. Tobias Chilla, Institute for Geography, FAU Erlangen