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Publications by the ARL

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In the “Forschungsberichte der ARL” (Research Reports of the ARL) the findings of the fundamental and applied interdisciplinary research undertaken by the working groups and the results of individual research projects are published. They are aimed primarily at academia (research and teaching) but also offer up-to-date and informed support for planning practice.




The “Arbeitsberichte der ARL” (Working Reports of the ARL) publish the (interim) findings of application-oriented scientific discussions of the working groups. They are particularly aimed at planning practice and primarily offer topical and practical support and promote discussion within the Academy.





The “Positionspapiere” (Position Papers) on current issues of spatial development on the national and European levels are aimed primarily at decision-makers in the political and administrative spheres. 




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 Raumentwicklung – ARL-Journal für Wissenschaft und Praxis 

The scientific magazine „ Raumentwicklung – ARL-Journal für Wissenschaft und Praxis“ is published up to three times a year and always has a specific focus. It reports in German on current topics of spatial development and targets those contributing to the work of the Academy, decision-makers in the political and administrative spheres, professionals in the field, and interested citizens.



Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning (RuR)

 “Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning” is a forum for topics and debates relevant to the field of spatial sciences. The interdisciplinary journal addresses issues of spatial development and planning.  It focuses on urban and regional planning, demographic and urban spatial change, landscape development, environmental planning, sustainable development, adaptation to climate change, mobility, economic geography, regional governance and planning theories. The journal is is published Gold Open Access jointly by ARL, Ifl, ILS, IÖR and  IRS.


Handwörterbuch der Stadt- und Raumentwicklung

The Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL) has published the handbook “Handwörterbuch” for over five decades. It is directed at interested academics and practitioners.





Grundriss der Raumordnung und Raumentwicklung

Through the compendium “Grundriss” the ARL disseminates fundamental knowledge and background information on the field of spatially relevant research and planning. The papers focus on the relationship between policy and planning in Germany and Europe and supplement the lexicon character of the “Handwörterbuch der Raumordnung”.