Participatory planning at an ealy stage for a sustainable development in Baden-Württemberg

CAVE: point cloud data of Stuttgart
CAVE: point cloud data of Stuttgart
Reallabor Stadtquartiere 4.0 (Urban Lab City Quarters 4.0)

The digitization of the economy and society is one of the most comprehensive upheavals of our time. In addition to the industrial change of an industry 4.0, the change of living and working worlds must also be shaped in the future. At the same time, the impact of digitization on cities as our central habitats is scarcely known and an understanding of the public is hardly given due to the complexity and interconnectivity of topics.

The ever-shorter innovation cycles of digital products and processes are conflicting with the longevity and path dependency of cities and their infrastructures. In many cases, planning and decision-making processes are still carried out with very conventional and highly regulated procedures and tools which can hardly keep pace with the current challenges for city districts with increasing rates of change in economy and society. In the research project „Reallabor Stadtquartiere 4.0“, two fields of innovation are to be addressed and combined:

— Digitization of planning and decision-making processes in complex demand situations involving all relevant stakeholders.

— The digitization of urban space as a central place for life and work in an increasingly digital society. The key research questions are the synchronization of the above developments in an interdisciplinary approach:

— How can future-oriented influencing factors be reflected in urban (digital) planning models, and how can this process of informal planning be optimized?

— How can the interconnectivity of the results of informal planning processes future scenarios, future-oriented influencing factors, interactive visualization tools, (digital) forms of participation, etc. be ensured to formal planning processes?

— What are the challenges and opportunities facing neighborhood development in the future?

— Which (normative) concepts of city planning are suitable to fulfill today's requirements and, on the other hand, to meet future challenges?

— What is the role of the citizen and her local expertise in anticipating and planning the future?

— What tools and formats can help with the interface between ideas development and planning, citizenship and administration?

With the Reallabor Stadtquartiere 4.0 research project, which will run for three years, we are focusing on a strategy of co-designing research and joint knowledge acquisition with citizens and other local actors. Over the next few years, we intend to develop forward-looking procedures through a series of real-world experiments and interventions for urban planning with an early shaping of citizens' participation. Furthermore, we are going to test them in cooperation with the cities of Stuttgart and Herrenberg in a so called „Reallabor“ (Urban Transition Lab), which means that research is going to be done in ongoing planning processes.

Project Partners

  • Stuttgart Research Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies (ZIRIUS), University of Stuttgart
  • Institute of Human Factors and Technology Management (IAT), University of Stuttgart
  • Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design, University of Stuttgart
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, Stuttgart
  • Kommunikationsbüro Ulmer, Stuttgart
  • The cities of Herrenberg and Stuttgart
  • High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS)

Project Details

Funding AgencyMWK Baden-Württemberg
Runtime01.01.2016 - 31.07.2019