Digital tools and visual media

No 18 | June 2020

Digital technologies affect both urban planning and rural development. This issue of IRS aktuell addresses the question, how actors in cities and villages use digital technologies to solve problems and to communicate about planning. From active ruralists who develop village apps to compensate the loss of social infrastructures and services, via urban planners who use digital tools to prognosticate the impacts of development projects, to civil society initiatives who critically engage with visual representations of such projects, it brings together a multitude of insights into research conducted at the IRS.


  • How digitalisation and mediatisation change the process of planning
  • How villages use digital applications to address their problems
  • How the IRS‘s Scientific Collections make planning documents accessible online