Project results for "Spatial opportunities for action in the context of multilocality and rural areas" are here!

How to deal with the challenges and opportunities around multilocality in different spatial contexts? In the five fields of action Housing, Mobility, Infrastructure, Work and Participation, possible courses of action were conceived that respond to current needs and are oriented to existing planning processes.

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Multilocality affects large parts of the population. The decisive motives are primarily education, work, leisure, relationships or a combination of these. Due to the diversity of characteristics, the number of secondary residences mostly used for Austria covers only a part of the multilocals. However, the spatially heterogeneous distribution and development of the number of secondary residences underline the necessity to fundamentally consider the diversity of spatial conditions when dealing with multilocal lifestyles. Multilocal lifestyles also impact rural areas differently. They can be both challenges and opportunities, and they can reinforce existing trends (for example, increasing land consumption). In order to prevent or counteract negative effects and to use potentials, multilocality should be considered in a differentiated way in planning practice, especially in regional planning and development.
This study builds on important basic research and the current state of discourse in spatial science and planning practice. It complements by a comparative approach with four study areas representing selected rural areas in Austria. In addition, a broader spectrum of multilocal lifestyles is included and the associated need for action for different task areas of spatial planning is made visible.

Barbara Steinbrunner, opens an external URL in a new window and Hanna Hochradl, opens an external URL in a new window from the research area Land Policy and Land Management were involved in the project.

Further information and the long and short version of the publication can be found on the homepage of the research project, opens an external URL in a new window and on, opens an external URL in a new window.
This project is funded under the departmental research program through with funds from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Regions and Water Management. The BML supports applied, problem-oriented and practice-oriented research in the competence area of the department.

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