City Labs

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Why do CityLabs?


The world is changing rapidly. Pressures from digitalization, climate change and resource scarcity, just to name a few, are already being felt in cities and municipalities. Yet this rapid transformation also presents a range of opportunities. Some cities are faring better than others in this environment and one important factor relates to the city’s ability to break from the past and embrace new ways of doing things. This necessitates a willingness to embrace trial and error as the city becomes a space for experimentation.


Alanus von Radecki (Fraunhofer IAO) presented the Executive Summary in April 2016 to Mayor of Prague
The audience at the opening ceremony of the City Lab at the Prague Municipal Council in March 2015

What do Tbilisi, Chemnitz and Lisbon have in common?


The cities of Prague, Lisbon, Chemnitz, Tbilisi and Berlin TXL have all taken part in a CityLab. Within CityLabs, the aim is to develop an over-arching systemic understanding of how the city functions. Working in close collaboration with local stakeholders, the interdisciplinary research team uses quantitative and qualitative methods to identify key challenges and areas for intervention. Based on the findings, an integrated roadmap to achieve smarter and more sustainable urban development is developed collaboratively with the city.


How does the City Lab work?


During the early stages of the project, a Morgenstadt team of experts enters into dialogue with their onsite counterparts. Here, important data is collected and key city documents are analysed, with information plugged into the Morgenstadt framework as an assessment mechanism to gauge the status quo of systems and highlight key areas for intervention.

As part of an intensive “onsite assessment” the team conducts interviews with key stakeholders in the city ranging from city council members, department heads and utility operations; to private companies, research professors and NGO representatives. The grounded and applied research approach utilizes a range of Morgenstadt tools. Based on the findings of the analysis, concrete projects are conceptualised collectively with local stakeholders and developed as part of a strategic roadmap for the future urban development in the city.


Select a City Lab below and find out more about the city.


City Lab Berlin TXL

Here, an operator model, financing proposals and ideas were developed.


City Lab Chemnitz

This Saxonian  city is to anchor its urban development even more strategically.



City Lab Prague

The Czech capital wants to further improve itself as a smart Prague through an innovation district and a transport app.


City Lab Tbilisi

In the Georgian capital there have been developed recommendations after indepth analysis in order to improve the sustainability and life quality in the city.


City Lab Lisbon

In the Portuguese capital a forum has been established in order to cross-connect actors of industry, research and administration.   


Mobility City Lab in Joinville

Fraunhofer, GIZ, representatives of the municipality and local companies are developing ideas for the mobility in the city of Joinville.


Mobility City Lab Coimbatore

First smart Innovation Lab in India developed a mobility roadmap for improving public transport, mobility infrastructure and connectivity in the city of Coimbatore.