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CircUse News
6 | 2013

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Recent events
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RECENT EVENTS
Ustron (Poland)
CircUse special session at
CABERNET Conference
October 2
nd
, 2012
CircUse at CABERNET
A CircUse session was held -
measures and processes for the
implementation of circular flow
land use management were
presented, including items of
land-use planning, land-use
monitoring, land management,
social development planning as
well as awareness raising.
Around 200 experts from all
over Europe and the U.S.
participated in the CABERNET
conference.
Figure 1: Participants listen to a presentation from Mr.
Skowronek, Director of IETU in Katowice (PL)
Leipzig (Germany)
Euregia – Local and Regional
Development in Europe
October 22
nd
-24
th
, 2012
CircUse at Euregia
Information on CircUse were
presented with posters and an
updated webpage. Furthermore
newsletters, flyers, training and
school course materials were
distributed. The CircUse
information stand was visited by
a plenty of interested experts.
Figure 2: Mr. Moulin (Director of URBACT) visits CircUse
information stand at the Euregia in Leipzig.
Berlin (Germany)
Meeting with a delegation
from Moscow at the German
Institute of Urban Affairs
November 5
th
, 2012
CircUse meets Moscow
A Russian delegation from the
City of Moscow was informed
about CircUse. A presentation on
CircUse was held followed by a
discussion. Members of the
delegation represented the
administration units for urban
planning, environment and
architecture.
Figure 3: Delegation of the City of Moscow was
interested in CircUse.
Koeflach (Austria)
Foundation of the first Land
Management Agency in
Austria
November 8
th
, 2012
Public kick-off event for Land
Management Agency
On the occasion of the
foundation of the first land
management agency in Austria
the public kick-off event “Future
Opportunities for former used
Properties” took place at the
Energyboat Mochart in Koeflach.
Figure 4: Participants of the kick-off event “Future
Opportunities for former Land Properties”.

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First Land Management Agency in Austria
Figure 5: Shut down power plant in the Region
Voitsberg.
Figure 6: Brownfield “Wienerberger” is an unused brick
manufacture in Baernbach.
Figure 7: Workshop “Future Land Use in the Region
Voitsberg” with evaluation of instrument (May 2011).
Figure 8: Workshop result: A land management agency
can be an appropriate solution for sustainable land use.
Figure 9: Foundation of the first land management
agency in Austria in November 2012.
Region Voitsberg
The pilot region Voitsberg is
located about 30 km west from
the City of Graz. It includes the
municipalities of Voitsberg,
Baernbach, Maria Lankowitz,
Koeflach and Rosental. The
region holds around 29.000
inhabitants.
Regional Challenges
The demographic change will
have an impact in the region
Voitsberg. The amount of
inhabitants will be more or less
constant with 28.400 inhabitants
to 2050. But the age structure
will change significantly. In
comparison to 2010 the region
will have in 2050 less teenager
(17%), less employed people
(17%) and the percentage of
elderly will rise up (64%).
Between 2003 and 2010 the
amount on building areas rose
about 10% and streets for car
traffic about 4% - but in the
same time the number of
inhabitants was reduced by 3%.
Results are: sealing of areas and
more traffic - less inhabitants
have to finance more infra-
structures!
Sustainable Future
To achieve sustainability, the
region Voitsberg will support:
- Innovations from the region
- Reuses of brownfields
- Renewable Energy
- Safety of natural landscapes
Impulse for founding a Land
Management Agency
The formation of the land
management agency is a result
of the workshop “Future Land
Use in the Region Voitsberg” held
in 2011. Various actors from the
region have participated in the
workshop. The workshop consist
of six modules: 1 Land
consumption, 2 CircUse Principle
3 Land potentials and scenarios,
4 Stakeholders, 5 Instruments
and 6 Action plans. The land
management agency was result
of module 5 concerning
instruments (see Figure 7-8).
Founding of an Agency
Municipalities work together and
have founded in November 2012
the first land management
agency of Austria. Members of
the land management agency are
the municipalities Baernbach,
Koeflach, Maria Lankowitz,
Rosental and Voitsberg. It is
planned that the agency starts
with operational work in
beginning of 2013.
Financing
It is planned that the agency –
after a start-up phase which is
supported by the EU-project –
will try to generate the needed
financial resources for the most
part by itself. For the start-up
phase financial support is also
given by the five municipalities.
Objectives of the Agency
Main objective is the support of
the five municipalities in
activities to reuse brownfields –
former industrial/commercial and
mining areas – in a sustainable
and environmental friendly way.
The principle of circular flow land
use management is the central
strategy to manage the land
potentials.
Contact
Telepark Baernbach
Telepark 1
A-8572 Baernbach (Austria)

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Pilot site in the region “Middle Saxony” (Germany)
Figure 8: Overview of the site porcelain fabric. The main
building is located in the middle part at the lake.
Figure 9: Main building of the porcelain fabric – the
“palais”.
Figure 10: Building planned for demolish.
Figure 11: Qualities of the site e.g. the “history”. The
orange marked parts symbols the main building of the
porcelain fabric.
Region Middle Saxony
The region is at the borders to
Czech Republic and the federal
state of Thuringia. The City of
Freiberg, as biggest town in the
region, has a population of
around 41.000. The region is
partly characterized by mining
operations and industrial
production. Urban restructuring
has caused a big amount of
brownfields in the area.
Overview CircUse activities
The City of Freiberg has modified
the cadastre of site potentials
(e.g. brownfields, gaps, vacant
land). An optimised data
administration was designed and
a pilot concept for the revital-
isation of a pilot site developed.
Pilot site in Freiberg
The pilot is a former porcelain
factory which is located within the
industrial site "Davidschacht" on
the north-eastern outskirts of the
town – the area is a traditional
mining area. The former porcelain
factory covers an area of more
than 7 hectares. Parts of the land
were sold to several private users
in the 1990ies, which have used
and partially the site for
commercial purposes. But the
main part of this area is
abandoned. In 2011 the SAXONIA
development company (owned by
the City of Freiberg and the
district of Middle Saxony) has
bought the area.
Concepts and Masterplan
An urban planning development
concept has been prepared to
identify perspectives for the
brownfield “porcelain fabric”. The
actual concept in the City of
Freiberg is from 2007 and
includes the time period to 2020.
Some
serious
deficits
in
the
field
of
urban
planning
are located in
the restructuring area and land
use changes are foreseen.
Actions are planned in the field of
concerted deconstruction and
revaluation of the area. Six build-
ings are located on the grounds
of the former porcelain factory.
The main building is listed as a
historical building, but also a
breaker and the production
facility will be retained.
The master plan for the site
focuses on urban revaluation of a
traditional industrial quarter.
Aspects like industrial heritage,
qualities of post mining
landscapes and especially the
outstanding architectural
monument of the former
porcelain company are starting
points to achieve this objective.
The master plan includes the
following modules:
1. Demolition plan according to
defined priorities
2. Measures for urban
revaluation/upgrading
3. Scenarios for change of uses
relating to University/
education purposes
4. Development concept for
provision of services
5. Room allocation plan
With the objective to accent the
historic value and special
qualities of the brownfield site
also the renaming of the main
building in “castle” or “palais”
was discussed.
Contact
Saxon State Office for
Environment, Agriculture and
Geology
René Otparlik, Bernd Siemer
rene.otparlik@smul.sachsen.de
bernd.siemer@smul.sachsen.de

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Career with CircUse
Figure 8: Nicole Schäfer (German) was involved in
CircUse as officer at the Saxon State Office for
Environment, Agriculture and Geology. Now she is
employed at the City of Marienberg. Her responsible is
the urban redevelopment. She is also regional manager
for the ILE-Region (
I
ntegrated Rural Development)
“Gemeinsame Zukunft Erzgebirge”.
Figure 9: Maria Eder (Austrian) has worked with the
partner Telepark and she has written her master thesis
about Circular Flow Land Use Management at the
University of Graz. Now she works with an energy
agency in South-East-Styria.
Figure 10: Karl Eckert (American) did an internship at
the German Institute of Urban Affairs. He is student at
the Bauhaus University of Weimar and writes his master
degree in European Urbanism.
Introduction
CircUse offers good prospects for
young academics and students to
achieve experience in the issue of
sustainable land management.
Three young experts who were
involved in CircUse contribute
their experience to new
professional environment.
Nicole Schäfer
“In the CircUse project I was
involved with my work at the
Saxon State Office for
Environment, Agriculture and
Geology (LfULG). In the project I
was responsible for the support of
the implementation of a trans-
national data management tool -
in particular for the preparation
and presentation of data by using
GIS. Furthermore I attend the
organisation of identification,
coordination and preparation of
the CircUse pilot site “porcelain
factory”. Through the project I
got specific knowledge in su-
stainable land management. The
work with partners from other
countries and the presentation of
CircUse was a good experience.
All these experience – technical
as well as organisational - helped
me to find my job at the
administration of the City of
Marienberg and as regional
manager.”
Maria Eder
“I have worked at the Telepark
Baernbach and was responsible
for the identification and
evaluation of brownfields in the
region Voitsberg. Basis was the
CircUse result “terms of reference
and land typologies” from the
LfULG. Furthermore I was
involved in the preparation of
international workshops and the
production of presentations. I got
experience in the proceedings of
an EU-Project, brownfield
development, GIS data manage-
ment and had furthermore
contact to experts. These
experiences - as well as an
internship at LfULG in Freiberg -
were a big benefit for further
activities, for example in the
realisation of my master thesis
“Possibilities of brownfield re-
cycling in the region Voitsberg”.
After my engagement in the
project I got a job at the Region
Voitsberg from 2011 to 2012
with the EnergieCenter
Lippizanerheimat GmbH. Now I
am working at the local energy
agency LEA GmbH in Auersbach.”
Karl Eckert
“I was able to participate in
CircUse through an internship at
the Bauhaus University partner
organization German Institute of
Urban Affairs (Difu). I have
learnt invaluable skills for project
management, the structure of
European Union funding
programmes and general
professionalism standards. The
CircUse project introduced me to
the issue of land consumption in
Europe, which will be incor-
porated in my future research
topic for my Master Thesis. I am
currently attaining my Master’s
degree in European Urbanism,
with graduation pending summer
2013. Towards the end of
February 2013 I will be giving a
public presentation for a forum
hosted by the university to
professionals from a wide array
of urban related disciplines about
the issue of land consumption in
Europe and the CircUse project. I
hope to sensitise the audience
about the issue of land cons-
umption and the CircUse
project.”

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming events
CircUse in a nutshell
Funding
CENTRAL EUROPE Programme
Project No: 2CE174P4
Total budget: 2 422 305 Euro
Duration
3/2010–2/2013
www.circuse.eu
Impressum
Institute for Ecology of
Industrial Areas (IETU)
Kossutha 6 St.
40-844 Katowice/Poland
Dr. Anna Starzewska-Sikorska
Tel. (+4832) 2546031 ext. 275
Fax (+4832) 2541717
Terra Tec 2013
Terra Tec is the leading
environment trade fair which
covers a broad range of fields
like soil conservation. Terra
Tec is located in Leipzig
(Germany)
January 29
th
-31
st
, 2013
The fair is titled “Sustainable
Solutions For The Environment”.
CircUse fits perfect under this
heading. Therefore CircUse
organises on 31
st
January 2013 a
forum with six presentations on
the project. Issues to be
presented are: data
management tool, land
management agency, action
plans and awareness raising. To
participate at the CircUse forum
please visit: Leipzig fairground,
room M1, level 0.
ELSA conference
12
th
International conference
of the European Land and
Soil Alliance in Nuremberg
(Germany)
April 25
th
-26
th
, 2013
Title of the conference is
“reduction of land consumption,
land management - to gain
ground”. For more information
please see link:
http://www.bodenbuendnis.org/e
n/
Flächennutzungs-
symposium
5
th
Flächennutzungs-
symposium in Dresden
(Germany)
June 5
th
-6
th
, 2013
International annual
Issues to discuss at the symposia
in Dresden are the German
transformation of the energy
system, climate change and
demographic developments
which are challenges for the city-
and regional planning. Main
focuses of the symposia are
methods for the identification of
brownfields and of inner
development potentials, results
of the inventory of buildings,
outstanding municipal and
regional monitoring programme.