Sustainable Urban Development

What does sustainable urban development look like?  This is how futurologists at Daimler imagine the Olgaeck in Stuttgart. A built and much-cited contribution to the topic is the "vertical forest" in Milan by Stefano Boeri. This is what the sustainable city looks like in the imagination of the Federal Environment Agency.

According to a widespread rough estimate, cities contribute significantly to climate change, accounting for 60 percent of global CO2 emissions. As urbanization continues to increase and more and more people live in cities, the problem will become even worse. That's why we need ideas on how cities can radically reduce CO2 emissions. It is very likely that the image of the city will change significantly as a result.

Since the task of urban planning is to plan the city of tomorrow, the discipline must also provide the images that illustrate the change. To do this, architects need a basic knowledge of how to turn cities into zero-carbon cities.

We start here with a collection of links on the topics of climate-friendly and sustainable urban planning.


Energy and CO2

Erneuerbare Energien: Solarstrom besser als Windkraft? - Tagesschau, 2020

Städte spielen zentrale Rolle beim Kampf gegen Klimawandel - Deutsche Welle, 2019

Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity - Coalition for Urban Transitions (CUT), 2019

3min-Video: 3 Ways National Governments Can Change Cities and Change the World - Coalition for Urban Transitions (CUT), 2020

Urbane Energiewende - Deutsche Energie Agentur (dena, Bundesunternehmen), 2019

Urbane Fotovoltaik - Fraunhofer-Institut für solare Energiesysteme
Positionspapier Integrierte Fotovoltaik - Fraunhofer-Institut für solare Energiesysteme

IPCC-Konferenz: Cities and Climate Change - 2018 (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change / UN)
Dokumentation - IPPC 2019

Carbon footprints of 13 000 cities - Environmental Research Letters, 2018

Stadtquartiere als lokale Impulsgeber für die Energiewende - Informationsportal Erneuerbare Energien / BMWi und Energie, 2017

CO2-neutral in Stadt und Quartier – die europäische und internationale Perspektive - BBSR, 2017

Klimawandel: Was er für Städte bedeutet - Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), Universität Cambridge / (Mercatorstiftung/European Climate Foundation), 2014

Building materials and construction

Urban space and climate impacts

New urban mobility