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contact person KIT urban research
Dr. Tina Kunz-Plapp

Tel.: +49 721 608-28593
E-Mail: tina.kunz-plapp∂kit.edu


urban research at KIT

(in German)


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KIT website on the occasion of the Science Year 2015: City of the Future

KIT Magazine LookKIT

LookKIT 2015/2 city of the future

Welcome to Urban Research at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

More than half of the world’s population is presently living in urban areas. In Germany, this share even exceeds 75% and is increasing continuously. Cities in the 21st century face major challenges due to climate change and environmental pollution, scarcity of energy and resources, demographic and economic changes, new forms of work and life, mobility change, interconnection of infrastructures, and digitization. At the same time, cities are places of change for sustainable development and use of technical and social innovations.

Research at KIT contributes to the investigation, development, and design of the city of the future in all essential aspects. With a unique combination of expertise in natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities as well as planning and design, KIT researchers investigate all functional and life areas of a city using a holistic approach.

KIT provides knowledge for sustainable urban development to stakeholders and policy makers on a local, regional, national, and international level.



Büro der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG in den USA
Smart Cities and Climate Change

Experts discussed "smart cities" at an event at the DFG North America office. KIT-Scientist Dr. Sadeeb Simon Ottenburger presents research on resilience of smart grids and blackout in cities.

Mensch liegt in Schlosspark vor Schloss Karlsruhe
How exposure to urban green space improves well-being in city dwellers

Interdisciplinary study identifies neural correlates - potential as protective factor for psychiatric morbidity – publication in Nature Neuroscience, link

more (in German only)
Real Corp Conference 2019

2 - 4.April 2019 
Karlsruhe, Germany

Is this the real world?
Perfect Smart Cities vs. Real Emotional Cities

24th International Conference on Urban Planning
and Regional Development in the Information Society
GeoMultimedia 2019

Abbildung Urban Emotions
Angst-Räumen in der Stadt auf der Spur

Projekt Urban Emotions macht Stressempfinden von Fußgängern und Fahrradfahrern messbar / Verknüpfung von Körperreaktion und Positionsdaten gibt Aufschluss über Raumwahrnehmung

Ausschnitt Gebäude
Energiesparen durch nutzergerechtes Bauen

Forscher aus Karlsruhe und Ottawa leiten ein internationales Forschungsprojekt zum Zusammenhang von Nutzerverhalten und der energetischen Performance von Gebäuden

Baum Park Schatten
Heat: "Cities have to be greener!"

KIT-Researcher Stefan Emeis zdf-interview on urban green: sustainable solutions on urban heat necessary (Interview in German language)

zum Interview
Bild zu Themenspezial
ESKP special collection - metropolises under pressure

Online dossier on the development of megacities, urban climate & quality of life, ressources, and natural hazards (in German).

Netzwerk Luftqualität
"My air quality" - Smart Air Quality Network

BMBF funded consortium observes urban air quality and develops "smart" solutions with a focus on active involvement of urban citizens

more information
Stefan Emeis
Prof. Emeis talks on "Future City"

KIT expert Prof. Emeis talks on urban climate at a conference of the French Embassy and the network WikiStage.

further information (German)

Video of the presentation
Logo Podcast European Urbanism
European Urbanism - new podcast in campus radio karlsruhe

Every first Friday in the month, 7 pm. In the first podcast the Environment Mayor of Karlsruhe Stapf und Ms Dederer (urban planning authority) talk on urban green, participation, and climate change adaptation.

to the podcast (in German)
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Renewable building materials for future cities

KIT researchers present self-supporting structure made from fungal mycelium and bamboo in the exhibition „Beyond Mining – Urban Growth“ at the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.

further information
Bild Flyer Trifelser Gespräch 2017
Trifelser Gespräch "Zukunftsorientierte Mobilität zwischen Stadt und Umland"

Thursday, 20.07.2017, 20:00 at the Kurhaus Trifels, Annweiler

Poster Trifels Summer School 2017
Summer School 2017 Future cities 17.7.-21.7.2017 Annweiler, Germany

organized by the KIT Graduate School for Climate and Environment (GRACE) and KIT’s Urban Research Team

further information
Urban Rethinking - Developing liveable cities with research

Lebenswerte Städte dank Forschung entwickeln

Short article with interviews on urban research in the magazine "Helmholtz Perspektiven" of the Helmholtz Association, summer 2017 (in German)

An Outlook on Future Cities

Listen to KIT urban researchers in KIT's research podcast (in German)
Folge 8: Lokal, global, nicht egal.


Karlsruhe to Pioneer Autonomous Driving

The test center for connected and automated driving will be set up in Karlsruhe involving the KIT.

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Urban Climate Under Change

KIT participates in two modules of the BMBF programme that aims at the development, validation and application of an innovative urban climate model for entire cities.

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Jointly Shaping the Energy Transition

First Results of the “Karlsruhe Energy Research Partnership”.

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Infrastructure – Prevention Is Better than Cure

Helmholtz Association and KIT Start the Innovation Hub “Prevention in Construction”.

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