Morgenstadt Initiative

Shaping the cities´ future


People and the city


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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Networking help for seniors

Fraunhofer IAO’s SONIA project already investigated how well communication-supporting technology can improve quality of life for the elderly. Building on that great success, the follow-up project SONIAnetz has been specially tailored for people in need and their relatives.

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"FutureHotel" enters a new research phase

What will the hotel guest bathroom of the future look like? What are the expectations and needs of the future traveler? The “FutureHotel” innovation network is putting these questions at the center of its research, which is now entering its fifth project phase. By using different research methods – including online surveys, expert interviews and creative workshops – project partners are creating intelligent solutions for guest bathroom design that not only meet the needs of guests but are also economically feasible in their implementation.

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Buenos Aires is new Morgenstadt partner

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


Documentation Urban Futures Conference






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.