City Centre 2030+ | Future Public Space

Morgenstadt Innovation Partnership

Shopping, Recreation, Culture, Entertainment, Living, Work and Contact - several aspects of everyday life take place?in city centres as these act as central economic and cultural hubs. City centres are an important location factor, living lab and a platform for innovation in one. However cities are facing major challenges in different aspects and on different scales: retail, mobility, gastronomy as well as large companies and the cultural industry are fearing their existence due to the current crisis. In a short time it got visible what had been indicated for many years. “The future of public space has started long ago” as Steffen Braun, Head of Urban Systems Engineering Research Unit, says. “We therefore build, together with the initiative Stadtretter and other future oriented companies and cities, a powerful network in order to think ahead today to create and test solutions of tomorrow.


Current challenges are symptoms of an understanding of a planned city that has been going on for decades and is increasingly reaching its limits.


Fraunhofer IAO and Stadtretter, together with actors from Administration, Economy, Research and Society, initiate an innovation partnership in order to develop future-proof concepts for public space and city centres.

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Video from the project kick-off on October 14th, 2020 (German)

Here you can watch the video of the project kick-off on October 14th, including contributions from: 

  • Dr.Ing. Timo Munzinger, Urban Development and Urban Planning at the Association of German Cities (Deutscher Städtetag)
  • Reiner Nagel, Chairman of the Board of the Federal Building Culture Foundation
  • Claudius Schaufler, Head of Team Smart Urban Environments at Fraunhofer IAO
  • Thomas Steiner, Accountant Director at GfK


WebTalk with Stadtretter-Network (German)

On September 15, an information event took place, in which Claudius Schaufler from Fraunhofer IAO presented the project modules and the opportunities for participation. The presentation can be viewed below.

re:publica Campus - Project Talk (German)

As part of the re:publica Campus, Claudius Schaufler, Head of Competence Team Smart Urban Environments at Fraunhofer IAO, and Stefan Müller-Schleipen, Co-Founder of the initiative Stadtretter, gave an initial outlook on the joint project »City Centre 2030 + | Future Public Space «.