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Morgenstadt: CityInsights

A research approach for systems research in urban development
: Kalisch, Dominik; Schatzinger, Susanne; Braun, Steffen; Radecki, Alanus von

Schrenk, M. ; Competence Center of Urban and Regional Planning -CORP-, Schwechat-Rannersdorf:
Planning times. You better keep planning or you get in deep water, for the cities they are a-changin' ... : REAL CORP 2013; Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and the Information Society; 20-23 May 2013, Rome, Italy
Schwechat-Rannersdorf: CORP, 2013
ISBN: 978-3-9503110-5-1 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-9503110-4-4 (CD-ROM)
International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society <18, 2013, Rome>
Internationale Konferenz zu Stadtplanung, Regionalentwicklung und Informationsgesellschaft <18, 2013, Rom>
Fraunhofer IAO ()

The biggest part of economic activity worldwide is already happening in cities, and the share of urban dwellers is rising continuously: by 2030 almost 5 billion people will be living in cities. Prof. Hans-Jörg Bullinger, the former president of the Fraunhofer Society said: "Cities are responsible for up to eighty percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Whoever is the first to find the key to Morgenstadt [future cities], in other words a system approach to redesigning existing and newly emerging cities that are sustainable and enhances the quality of life, will chart the way for what may be the largest future market for the next few decades."
To tackle the this challenge, the Fraunhofer Society launched an innovation network called Morgenstadt: City Insights. For this system research initiative, 12 Fraunhofer institutes work together to analyze innovative solutions for a sustainable city. For this goal we developed a holistic research approach to analyze the city system in its interdependent structure. The following paper is an extract of the Morgenstadt: City Insights project description and the general research desig (Schatzinger et al. 2012; Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO 2012). We will describe in this paper the need for a systematic and holistic approach in city analysis and illustrate a possible research approach to do so.