The »Morgenstadt City Lab« is a unique approach to boost a city’s transition towards a sustainable, innovation driven and prosperous future. An interdisciplinary team of experts analyses your city based on a one-of-its-kind urban systems model and supports you with the development of an integrated smart city roadmap and investment plan.
In order to support cities in becoming more environmentally friendly, prosperous, livable and resilient, Fraunhofer has developed the Morgenstadt City Lab Framework focused on the interplay of groundbreaking technologies, efficient business models and innovative governance approaches for a sustainable urban development. Digitization offers new opportunities, but at the same time requires re-thinking of urban systems towards interconnected systems based on urban data. These developments hold great potential for sustainable and resilient urban future, but only if they are aligned with the city‘s long-term development goals, business strategies, and in particular with the varying demands of the city‘s users.
In the face of the increasing complexity of urban development challenges, a new urban planning paradigm championing the co-creation approach has gained relevance. This paradigm has been adopted as guiding principle for the Morgenstadt City Lab Framework, because it has been proven that an early involvement of relevant urban stakeholders such as technology providers, financing institutions and end users into the project planning process helps the city amplify its innovation potential and streamline future-oriented development.
A City Lab starts with a full-fledged analysis of the city’s sustainability performance comparing ca. 100 city indicators, assessing ca. 85 action fields and conducting expert interviews with ca. 50 key city stakeholders. This analysis informs an integrated smart city roadmap and investment plan that outlines a range of locally anchored projects across multiple sectors meant to catalyse future-proof urban development.
Analysis and actions address three key areas of smart city development:
Based on the assessment results, innovative projects are designed in a co-creation process with local stakeholders, ensuring development of demand-driven, user-friendly and locally-attuned projects. In order to ensure success at both the implementation and operation stages, the projects will be underpinned with viable business models and alternative financing strategies. To maximise the impact and achieve maximum synergy, the proposed projects will be integrated into the city‘s urban development plans and strategies.
Here you can find the city lab reports and our latest broshure about the City Labs in general.