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Main research demographic change / design for all

Demographic change and its consequences, loss in population and shrinking regions, less young, but more old citizens – these and other key words determine the discussion about the perspectives of many regions.

For good or ill: The population in Germany will become lesser and at the same time older within the next decades – this has multiple effects on society.

The change happens not only in rural areas lacking in infrastructure – although the effects of demographic change become specifically apparent there – but also the cities and their suburbs have to face the changes. Major focus within the activities of the Transport and Spatial Planning Institute lies in the display and the analysis of these changes. This means that e.g. spatial disparities (shrinking and growing regions) are determined and reasons and consequences are evaluated on all planning levels. In the center of attention are the questions of spatial organising and planning as well as the resulting effects on mobility and transport.

to the topic Demographic change and public supply

Aside barrier-freedom in terms of design for all becomes increasingly important in Europe. Due to the demographic change, barrier-free products and services will be increasingly requested within the coming decades. To consider barrier-freedom in the fields of architecture and crafts, town and transport development as well as product design is fundamental for an enduring accessibility, usability and within this context a long-term efficiency of investments.

The Transport and Spatial Planning Institute has been dealing with the question of barrier-freedom in the field of transport for years now and has been considering various forms of transport. Priorities are set in the barrier-free design of the regional public transport as well as pedestrian traffic, particularly considering barrier-free tourism. 

to the topic Barrier-freedom / design for all

Contact person

Prof. Dr. Matthias Gather
Dr. Markus Rebstock
Dipl. Geogr. Jörn Berding


Projects in the range of barrier-freedom / demographic change


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