Architecture and City planning

More and more people around the world live in cities, thus resulting in a concentrated consumption of resources in urban areas.

For quite a while now, the finite nature of fossil fuels has been acknowledged and international politics are focused on global climate change. In the future, what can architecture and urban planning contribute to ensuring a secure supply of resources in the cities and a high quality of life?

The Upper Rhine Valley recognized early on that purchasing power is removed from city centers when large super - markets with enormous parking lots are built on onceopen fields. Today, the mission statement for urban planning in the region is “a city of short distances” in which residents don’t need a car to get to work or go shopping.

Growing cities with limited space for construction are  dependent on internal development and the utilization of former industrial, commercial, or military areas. This results in an interesting mix of old and new buildings and neighborhoods with a special flair.

Today, the active participation of citizens plays a huge role in all urban planning and ensures the necessary identification of residents with their living environment.

Sustainable Urban Development
This workshop focuses the different characteristics of Basel, Freiburg, Mulhouse, Strasbourg, and Karlsruhe. Freiburg, or “the capital of the Black Forest” and the “Green City”, has less industry than the trade fair and industrial city of Basel, whereas social integration is the main focus in Mulhouse due to its  large immigrant population.
As the seat of the European Parliament, Strasbourg aims to achieve an inter-municipal development axis with 50,000 new residents. With its technical college, Karlsruhe actively invests in the training of the region’s future architects and urban planners.

Building with Energy Standards
The largest cost factors in a house’s lifecycle are heating, cooling, and water. From low energy and passive to zero and plus energy building methods, we now have ample choices for controlling energy use in new buildings and regulating that of older ones. Explore select, trendsetting solutions.

Innovation Academy e.V.
Bertoldstr. 45
79098 Freiburg
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