GreenTwins Tallinn and Helsinki: Digital Twins for more democratic, resilient and greener cities.

Green spaces in cities are of particular importance in the face of ongoing urbanisation and the anthropogenic climate change. Urban greenery affects the physical and mental health of citizens. It reduces the immediate effects of global warming such as heat islands and improves the thermal comfort of cities. In addition, plants have an impact on … Continue reading

Urban Mobility and Placemaking: Using Digital Tools

Urban spaces are subject to constant change. Urban planning and its infrastructure are complex and characterised by different interests.In the framework of the research project CapeReviso, we are developing a tool for urban and transport planning in order to achieve an improved and more democratic basis for decisions. The planning- and decision-support tool is developed … Continue reading

Recent Publications

We used the past months to publish some of our current research topics and results that deal with the effects and chances of the digital transformation, the transport and energy transition on urban and regional development. They all have the application of digital tools in common – for example digital twins – as well as … Continue reading

Guest Lecture at TU Wien: The Post-Oil City: Case Studies and Strategies

Which strategies should we already pursue today in order to recognise the consequences of the transition to sustainable transport systems for our cities at an early stage and to make use of the opportunities for a sustainable, liveable, healthy city? In my lecture at TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology) I will present tools, paths … Continue reading

The Digital Twin

At the eCAADe+SIGRaDi 2019 conference in Porto we presented the Digital Twin of a German small town – a prototype for future evidence-based planning and urban design including collaborative and participatory processes. For the built environment’s transformation we are confronted with complex dynamics connected to economic, ecologic and demographic change (Czerkauer-Yamu et al., 2013; Yamu, 2014). … Continue reading

Symposium 28–29 May: Urban Systems / Global Challenges / Digital Tools

Large-scale digitalization throughout different sectors of society and the economy serves as one of the major disruptive technological trends of our time. In addition to the digital transformation, we must better understand and shape technology’s role in our personal and working lives. Indeed, how these digital transformations impact cities and urban life is still not … Continue reading

Living Lab Urban:Quarters 4.0 at HLRS

The research focus of Living Lab Urban:Quarters 4.0 (Reallabor Stadt:Quartiere 4.0) lies on the development of digital tools to support citizens, planners, and decision makers with the aim of creating synergies and cooperation across complex and dynamic processes in the context of digital transformation. One of the major challenges is the linking of expectations and … Continue reading

Grand Paris survey: How walkable is your neighborhood?

We realized a questionnaire in the framework of a scientific study with the focus on life quality and mobility in the surroundings of Paris’ most frequented ring road, the Boulevard Periphérique (between 1.1 and 1.2 million vehicles per day). Are you living in the metropolitan area of Paris? Take part in this online questionnaire and help us … Continue reading

Turbine House

The existing building was designed by the Austrian architect Erich Franz Leischner (1887 – 1970) and erected between 1911 and 1913 to house a turbine. It was part of a water reservoir belonging to the Second Vienna Spring Water Main (II. Wiener Hochquellenwasserleitung) built during the last years of the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy to supply the city with drinking water. … Continue reading