Federal Research Institute for Regional Studies and Regional Planning
The Federal Research Center for Regional Studies and Regional Planning (BfLR), originally called the Institute for Regional Studies , is one of the predecessor organizations of the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning , into which it was transferred in 2004.
It emerged indirectly from the Reich Office for Spatial Planning , which was founded in 1935 and expanded in 1940 to include the regional studies department and was intended to implement the National Socialist blood-and-soil and people-without-space policy. After its dissolution in 1945, the Institute for Regional Studies and the Institute for Spatial Research were founded in the late 1940s. These institutes initially served the Allies to control the flow of refugees and to conduct regional studies. The geographical approach of regional studies lost more and more importance until the 1970s and was replaced by an increasingly sociological spatial planning . In 1973 they were absorbed by the Federal Research Center for Regional Studies and Regional Planning. The main aim of the Federal Agency was to create equivalent living conditions in the Federal Republic with the help of spatial planning.
It published the handbook of the natural spatial structure of Germany and the geographic land survey 1: 200,000 .
- Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning: History. ( online )