Publication: Conditions for the Introduction of Regulation for Short-Term Rentals


(Post)-Corona-Stadt: in the middle of transforming inner cities

In the online event Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jan Polívka talked about the transformation of (inner) cities under the influence of the Corona Pandemic. His lecture devoted the questions after dealing with usage conflicts caused by the pandemic and the interaction of the actors needed for a successful transformation. In particular the communities include an important role by actively shaping the conversion processes in the cities with a moderating and controlling function. Around 60 people participated in the event, including committee members of the VHW, colleagues from VHW education and research as well as numerous guests from science and practice. Publication to the lecture can be found below.


Interview: "No more feeling at home" - How Airbnb-renting adds to the cities

Street exodus with residential buildings Copyright: © ILS, Roland Fechter

Airbnb is changing the structures of a city in the long term, says urban planner Jan Polívka on SWR2, and not only in the housing market. Service providers such as restaurants and stores are also increasingly focusing on the needs of short-term tourism. This leads to rising rents, crowding out and long-term conflicts between residents and tourists.

There are both cities and communities that have fewer problems with tourists and those that are constantly suffering from "tourist bombardment". Therefore a uniform regulation would hardly help.

You can find the interview on the topic here.



Publication: "Urban Integration. From Walled City to Integrated City"

Book Cover Copyright: © LIT Verlag

In the context of Transforming City Regions, phenomena such as globalization and digitalization accelerate change and bring several aspects of life into motion. If used in a smart way, such developments might trigger a promising dynamic for local people, their living environment, and regional economy. "Urban Integration: From Walled City to Integrated City" reflects on the challenges such dynamics encompass and also on the significance of social integration in urban contexts.

Christa Reicher, Fabio Bayro-Kaiser, Päivi Kataikko-Grigoleit, Sarah Müller, Jan Polívka (Eds.)
Publication: 978-3-643-91179-7


Article: "What is urban design? A proposal for a common understanding"

Book cover Copyright: © Taylor and Francis Online

A new article is online: "What is urban design? A proposal for a common understanding": S. Cozzolino, J. Polívka, R. Fox-Kämper, M. Reimer & O. Kummel (2020), Journal of Urban Design, DOI: 10.1080/13574809.2019.1705776

The lack of a common understanding of what urban design is about is an issue that needs to be resolved. This paper analyzes some relevant contemporary definitions of urban design. Based on this analysis, it first identifies certain general features of this discipline. Then, it provides a general definition, and finally, it clarifies potential misunderstandings. In this paper, any discussion of what makes good urban design is avoided. The main goal is to provide a reasonable definition that can help to navigate the longstanding indeterminacy of this field.

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