Since 2018 Juergen dedicates a part of his time to work with community groups that seek to promote sustainable practices and democracy in the fields of planning and architecture.
Based on his PhD thesis Juergen recognised that there are very powerful organisations that exert an enormous influence on policy and decision making. The organisations whose interactions he examined in London are among the most effective when it comes to getting their interests realised in policy as well as in development projects such as tall buildings and housing.
Juergen believes that it is possible to learn from those powerful actors how to act strategically. This includes long term forward thinking and understanding the constraints and the possibilities of competing actors. Introducing, what may be termed 'strategic political capacities' is a key goal of his work for regional and local community planners as well as community groups. Juergen believes that a more sustainable kind of development can be obtained the more a balance of effectiveness in exerting influence is established between community groups, the private sector and levels of government.
June 2020 - January 2021 Deutscher Werkbund Bayern e.V., Munich, Germany
October 2018 - January 2019 Just Space network, London, UK
January - December 2018 Arbeitsgruppe Wohnungsnot, Regensburg, Germany