Morgenstadt Initiative

Shaping the cities´ future


People and the city


Showcasing “building information modeling” at BAU 2017

What direction are developments in the building industry taking? What will global megatrends in planning, constructing and operating buildings require in terms of technologies and processes, and what consequences will they have? At BAU, the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, Fraunhofer IAO will be presenting building information modeling (BIM). The trade fair will take place in Munich from January 16 to 21, 2017.

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On patrol in social networks

The digital revolution is bringing new challenges and sweeping changes for such organizations as law enforcement agencies that have traditionally been responsible for security and stability. As part of the EU project MEDI@4SEC, Fraunhofer IAO is developing solutions and recommended strategies for enhancing people’s understanding of how social media can be used in the realm of public security.

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Usability in civil protection

Interactive systems can support the safety authorities and organizations in their day-to-day work. Fraunhofer IAO has developed a set of guidelines that is tailored to the authorities and organizations responsible for ensuring public safety. The guidelines also present the idea of usability and aim to raise future system usability within this highly specialized work environment.

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With the “Morgenstadt-Werkstatt,” Fraunhofer IAO and Landesmesse Stuttgart are initiating a so-called “makerspace” that brings citizens, students, start-ups, established companies, and municipal governments into dialog about the city of the future. The event provides a variety of formats and spaces for exploring interdisciplinary issues relating to mobility, energy, and adaptive construction in the context of digitalization.

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Buenos Aires is new Morgenstadt partner

Morgenstadt: City Insights innovation network is partnering with the Argentinian capital


Morgenstadt: City Insights Meeting

The next meeting will take place on the 8th and 10th of March, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.

Accelerating the global transition to sustainable urban systems

Urban Development – Electric Mobility – Industry 4.0 – Demographic Change – Climate Crisis – Internet of Things – Shareconomy… the world is changing fast and entire industries are reinventing themselves in response to complex transitions in social, economic, and environmental arenas. Increasing urbanization is a key trend and the design of city systems will play an essential role in shaping a sustainable future. Institutions at all levels must be proactive in order to compete successfully and to establish themselves as active, relevant players in the city of the future.

Today’s cities are using systems and infrastructure based on outdated technologies, making them unsustainable, inflexible, inefficient, and difficult to change. In order for both people and natural systems to thrive, the city of the future will have to be fundamentally different. Car-congested cities that over-consume energy and resources, emit greenhouse gases, and produce contamination and waste will no longer be the status quo.

Today we are at the brink of a new urban era. To navigate the big challenges of the next decades, city systems must be innovative, flexible, liveable, and sustainable. Future cities will produce net-zero emissions and waste, enable a maximum quality of life for all its inhabitants, optimize resiliency, and enable prosperity and progress through sustainable innovations. Currently, there is an opportunity for district-level, municipal, and regional demonstration projects that integrate clean technologies with business models and innovative urban development approaches to define the new City of the Future paradigm.