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.
Karlsruhe universities want to implement concrete measures, develop joint projects and intensify scientific exchangemore (in German only)
This contribution in the Journal World demonstrates how more human-centered measurements for sustainable urban planning can be created by enlarging the traditional set of quantitative sustainability indicators. The authors C. Kramer and M. Wagner argue for taking people’s perception and the spatiality and temporality of their daily activities better into account when further developing urban sustainability indicators and when aiming for a sustainable, human-centered urban developmentmore
Project report by Markus Kaltenbach on the spatial relevance of work-related secondary residences - recommendations for the transformation of the former post office area in Karlsruhe.more
This new paper by Joachim Fallmann and Stefan Emeis intends to provide a review of existing literature from a meteorological perspective in order to answer the question how results from urban climate studies can be linked to architectural design of future urban areas. Results from state of the art research are evaluated and critically addressed, hence providing a catalogue for urban planners and stakeholders which should serve as basis for a re-evaluation of the term ‘smart city’.Paper in Development in the Built Environment
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.more
Interdisciplinary study identifies neural correlates - potential as protective factor for psychiatric morbidity – publication in Nature Neuroscience, linkmore (in German only)
2 - 4.April 2019
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
Project Urban Emotions makes stress perception of pedestrians and cyclists measurable / Linking body reaction and position data provides information on spatial perceptionmore
Researchers from Karlsruhe and Ottawa lead an international research project on the relationship between user behaviour and the energy performance of buildingsmore
Online dossier on the development of megacities, urban climate & quality of life, ressources, and natural hazards (in German).more
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)
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.more
Thursday, 20.07.2017, 20:00 at the Kurhaus Trifels, Annweilermore
organized by the KIT Graduate School for Climate and Environment (GRACE) and KIT’s Urban Research Teammore
Develop liveable cities thanks to research
Short article with interviews on urban research in the magazine "Helmholtz Perspektiven" of the Helmholtz Association, summer 2017 (in German)more
Listen to KIT urban researchers in KIT's research podcast (in German)
Episode 8: Lokal, global, nicht egal.
to the potcast (in German)
The test center for connected and automated driving will be set up in Karlsruhe involving the KIT.more
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.more
First Results of the “Karlsruhe Energy Research Partnership”.more
Helmholtz Association and KIT Start the Innovation Hub “Prevention in Construction”.more