City of the Future

BHT’s approach to conducting research pragmatically embraces concepts from a variety of scientific fields in endeavoring to meet future urban challenges.

Competence Center ”City of the Future”

According to United Nations estimates, in the year 2030 there will be five billion urban dwellers worldwide. Mega-cities will evolve in emerging countries in which the rural regions will practically no longer offer any means of earning a living; even urban centers in industrial nations will continue to grow in population.

Clearly city inhabitants of the future will be faced with a variety of serious challenges affecting almost all aspects of life:

  • How can we sustain our needs for energy consumption against the backdrop of rapidly declining fossil resources?
  • How can an increase in mobility and economic advancement be ensured while at the same time bringing about a decrease in energy consumption?
  • What can be done to avoid traffic congestion and yet continue developing an urban life worthy of living through the employment of green areas and open spaces?
  • How should buildings be constructed with all modern conveniences in the City of the Future while at the same time reducing their carbon footprint?

These are only a few issues that politics, the economy and science will have to grapple with in the future.

BHT’s approach to conducting research pragmatically embraces concepts from a variety of scientific fields in endeavoring to meet future urban challenges. 

The Competence Center entitled “City of the Future” includes three competence clusters to come to terms with complex social problems. In these clusters the complete range of disciplines are utilized extensively of the BHT research and teaching community:

Life in the City of the Future
Infrastructures for the City of the Future
Urban Technologies for the City of the Future

Life in the City of the Future

The competence cluster Life in the City of the Future encompasses issues regarding economics, education, society and health. For instance, aspects are examined like demographic change, gentrification of inner-city quarters or coverage gaps in medical care against the background of meeting new requirements for public facilities and institutions. Nevertheless, the major focus within this competence cluster is directed at Life Sciences.

Infrastructures for the City of the Future

The cluster Infrastructures for the City of the Future attempts to meet certain spatial, logistical and communication requirements to effectively shape and/or enhance living conditions in the City of the Future, like optimize the urban dweller’s mobility, modern communication structures and the multifaceted media landscape as well as create and preserve open spaces, green areas and recreational facilities.

Urban Technologies for the City of the Future

The cluster Urban Technologies for the City of the Future comprises issues regarding energy generation, building construction, transportation systems and environment protection. The broad spectrum of research topics include construction engineering, building technology, water economics, transport planning and electric mobility / electric-powered vehicles. Major focus is devoted to the employment of sustainable energies and the development of relevant efficient technologies.