Potential study: seconding integrated experts to municipal partnerships in the context of flight and migration – opportunities and approaches

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has a project to strengthen the cooperation of municipalities: Jointly with GIZ, the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) in cooperation with the Service Agency for Communities in the one world (SKEW) implements the program “Integrated Experts for Municipalities worldwide (IFKW)” that brings together German and European experts with cities of the Global South.

Against the background of global migration and refugee seeking shelter around troubled regions in the Middle East and Africa, Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann was commissioned to research the central issue: How can the secondment of integrated experts to partner cities affected by flight and migration contribute to cope better with these challenges and to use potentials?

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Period: 2016

Parkbogen Ost

The Parkbogen Ost is a visionary idea: A roughly 5 km long band with walking paths and cycling lanes and active areas surrounding the east of Leipzig. Due to the construction of the underground tunnel Leipzig City Tunnel, a section of the eastern railway arch was closed by the railway company Deutsche Bahn in December 2012. This eastern railway section is to form the centerpiece of the green area. This park will allow heterogeneous quarters to be connected to workplaces, green areas and architectural heritages.

The idea was brought forward by citizens of Leipzig, who came together to create the”Initiative Parkbogen Ost” and generated overwhelmingly positive response. The city administration has recognized the potential of the Parkbogen Ost at an early stage and is working since on its gradual implementation. In 2013, Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann supported the Office of Urban Renewal and Residential Construction Subsidies in the development and coordination of work structures as well as in planning the strategic approach.

In 2016, Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann supported the Office of Urban Renewal and Residential Construction Subsidies again in this project. bgh.worked in close cooperation with the city administration and the UrbanPlan GmbH, epUrban and LESG GmbH in the design and development of the masterplan of Parkbogen Ost. An important part of the project was the organization of citizen workshops, where the citizens of Leipzig were invited to get involved in the development process of the master plan.

Commissioned by: City of Leipzig, Office of Urban Renewal and Residential Construction Subsidies (ASW)
Cooperation partners: UrbanPlan GmbH, epUrban, LESG GmbH (in different constellations)
Period: 2013-2014 and 2016

Balance sheet and strategy paper for a climate-friendly sustainable urban development in Leipzig

In 2011, the City of Leipzig set itself the goal of developing a balance and strategy paper on  climate-friendly sustainable urban development in Leipzig. As part of the project, bgh. supported the cross-departmental communication process. One of the main tasks was to  prepare and facilitate different workshops. In cooperation with the involved actors and our partner, the agency Miriquidi Media, the concept idea was created and edited.

The balance and strategy paper formed the basis for the publication „Stadtentwicklung koopstadt. Klimagerechte und nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung Leipzig“ published in 2012 as part of the pilot project of the National Urban Development Policy of the Federal Institute for Building, Urban and Spatial Research (BBSR) „koopstadt – Stadtentwicklung in Bremen, Leipzig und Nürnberg“.

In terms of content, the balance and strategy paper deals with the following main topics:

  • Climate protection
  • City of mixed uses and short distances
  • Leipzig Charter as a plan for action
  • Milestones for climate policy in Leipzig
  • Priority areas of action: Settlement development, mobility, open space development, municipal infrastructure, communication and consulting, experiences of co-operative partner cities Bremen and Nuremberg.

Commissioned by: City of Leipzig, City Planning Department
Cooperation partner: Agency Miriquidi Media
Period: 2011-2012

SWOT analysis for Halle 14 at the Baumwollspinnerei [Leipzig]

As part of the EU program ”SECOND CHANCE. From industrial use to creative impulses” the Halle 14 e.V. became a partner to 8 other actors from 5 European cities. In the frame if this project, the potential revitalization of former industrial buildings or areas by means of art and culture was examined. To ensure sustainable and long-term conversion, a SWOT analysis was carried out for each location.

For the analysis of Halle 14 at the Baumwollspinnerei, extensive data research as well as semi-structured interviews with selected experts from the cultural sector,  non-profit organizations and various networks were conducted. The main topics were:

  • Examination of the art space and the current usage of it
  • Classification in the overall urban context with a focus on the cultural and creative environment
  • Comparison of the strengths and weaknesses of the location and analysis of its current usage concept
  • Identification of opportunities and risks of the further development of Halle 14 within the urban cultural environment as well as the cultural and creative industries

Commissioned by: Halle 14 e.V.
Cooperation partner: urban management systems (u.m.s.) GmbH
Period: 2010

Study on the status of municipal land use planning in Serbia

As part of the GIZ project “Strengthening Municipal Land Management in Serbia”, bgh. was in charge of an on-site mission to study the state of local land-use planning in August 2010. Overall, this project aimed to strengthen the competences of the Serbian municipalities in terms of achieving an ecologically sustainable and socially balanced development, and also of improving the efficient land use management.

In the three Serbian project cities Kragujevac, Smederevo and Novi Sad, the status of municipal land use planning were analysed. Thus, the study evaluated the current building and planning law in Serbia and provided recommendations for the further development of municipal land use planning in the country.

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Cooperation partners: Department of Strategic Planning and Development, Urban Planning Institute of Belgrade, Serbian experts
Period: 2010

Country-based studies for a sustainable reactivation of industrial and commercial land plots [Azerbaijan & Romania]

Commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (gtz) GmbH, bgh. carried out two country studies in Azerbaijan and Romania, in cooperation with sc urbacon srl. The study aimed at assessing the potential for conversion of former industrial areas in both countries.

Thematic priorities:

  • Analysis of the specific situation of the conversion
  • Identifying possible measures for sustainable reactivation of highly contaminated industrial and commercial brownfields

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (gtz) GmbH
Cooperation partner: sc urbacon srl
Period: 2010

Feasibility study on the transferability of the Leipzig´s self-user model to other municipalities

bhg., in the person of Astrid Heck, cooperated with the Selbstnutzer Kompetenzzentrum für Wohneigentum GmbH on conducting a feasibility study on the transferability of the Leipzig “self-user model” to other municipalities. It implied the training of owners of heritage-listed buildings and townhouses in the inner city.

An intensive consultation and moderation for groups that have the same interest – jointly acquiring ownership of a flat/house – is especially necessary at the initial stages when the group members do not know each other. In order to be able to better assess the transferability of the model to other municipalities, further investigations were carried out as part of the National Urban Development Policy program.

In a nationwide study, a survey of 570 municipalities was carried out. The study examined the need to train the owners in the different municipalities and the financial support they would need. A final two-day workshop was held for about 60 representatives from different cities. The municipalities were interested in learning from the self-user model in Leipzig and contributed to the formulation of recommendations for action towards the Federal Government on the promotion of housing ownership.

Commissioned by: The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning / Selbstnutzer Kompetenzzentrum für Wohneigentum GmbH
Period: 2008-2009

Concept study Coopstadt [Leipzig]

The project “koopstadt – Stadtentwicklung Bremen Leipzig Nürnberg”Coopstadt – urban development Bremen, Leipzig, Nuremberg” is based on the cooperation between three cities, Leipzig, Bremen and Nuremberg. They came together to elaborate innovative solutions for topics of urban development between 2008 and 2015 and to implement concrete projects during this period of time. Economic innovation and creative milieus, quality of urban life and regional cooperation were of special importance.

The project was funded by the “National Urban Development Policy”  of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS). Until the end of 2008, a concept study with key projects, that required specific funding, was being development. bgh. worked with his two cooperation partners to realize the city-specific service package. Thematic priorities:

  • Processing or concretization of key projects
  • Participation in multi-city services
  • Development of an organizational structure
  • Documentation and presentation

Commissioned by: City of Leipzig, city planning office
Cooperation partners: urban management systems (u.m.s.) GmbH and UrbanPlan GmbH
Period: 2008

HausHalten e.V. [Leipzig]

The main goals of the association HausHalten e.V., founded in 2004, are to secure endangered old buildings in important urban areas by finding new users on a non-commercial basis and to preserve the buildings’ value. Astrid Heck was a co-initiator and long-time board member of the association. The aim of HausHalten e.V. is to engage with the two challenges Leipzig faced in the early 2000s – vacancy in unattractive areas and creative people seeking adequate spaces. HausHalten e.V. viewed this as an opportunity to bring potential users closer to owners.

Until September 2009, HausHalten e.V. received funding through the “Nationalen Stadtentwicklungspolitik” National Urban Development Policy by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS).

Main goals:

  • Establishment of a training and competence centre “HausHalten” in Lützner Straße 39
  • Further development of the Guardian House Model – Wächterhausmodell
  • Transferability of the model to other cities which also face vacancy

Function: Co-initiator and long-time member of the board of the association
Period: 2004-2009

Cities’ Network South Caucasus [Caucasus, Germany]

The Cities’ Network South Caucasus is part of the Caucasus Initiative of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH support the partnership between Caucasian cities and German cities:

  • Sumgayit (Azerbaijan) – Ludwigshafen / Rhine
  • Telavi (Georgia) – Biberach / Riss
  • Tbilisi (Georgia) – Saarbrücken
  • Batumi (Georgia) – Rostock
  • Vanadzor (Armenia) – Rain County

The project is based on the idea of ​​combining municipal know-how and existing partnerships with policy development goals. The cooperation includes advisory measures in the areas of administrative reform, youth and social affairs, environmental protection, education, waste management, water supply and sanitation. bgh. supports the Cities’ Network South Caucasus  since 2003 on the following topics:

  • Strategy development and moderation
  • Promoting networking and support for knowledge transfer in local governance
  • Advising the local administrations during the design process and implementation of join projects and small-scale actions
  • Coordination and layout of a newsletter to inform about project progress

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Period: 2003-2015