Climate-related iterative urban planning and open space development

The development of an urban district in the context of climate adaptation with a focus on the design and planning process.


Due to its almost ubiquitous character, climate adaptation in urban areas offers the opportunity to act as an interface between different planning and design disciplines and at the same time to maintain or create the sustainability of an urban space.

This is countered by the still widespread sectoral separation of the planning and design process, which increases the risk of different planning and design aspects negatively influencing each other. Due to the different concerns, innovative projects pursue an iterative process character, which can contribute to a more efficient and synergetic design of the space.

In contrast, the revision of urban planning designs on the basis of climatic aspects only appears to be an option for discussion in exceptional cases. Numerous national and international projects show the micro- and mesoclimatic fatality that can result from the lack of consideration of climatic conditions, not least because the "half-life" of such completed projects has a longer-term character.

Design and planning are to be understood as iterative processes that change the space, thus affecting it, and at the same time the space affects them. The space in turn has a climatic characteristic; accordingly, the mutual interaction and dependency between space, climate and design/planning are logical and absolute.


The project is aimed at Master's students from the fields of S & L. The focus is on urban design and neighborhood planning in the context of sustainable climate adaptation. The planning/investigation area will be an area in the city of Frankfurt or the city of Kassel where urban development would be realistic. The aim of the project is to create an interdisciplinary exchange between the students on open space/functional design and the urban planning aspect of district planning. Among other things, the topic of climate adaptation is seen as a basic design and planning principle and represents the driving factor for the iteration process.


Digital (e.g. GIS) and analog methods and techniques are used for spatial analysis. They represent the core of the impact assessment between planning / design and effective space / planning space.


The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, 23.04.24 at 14:00 in room 2145 (K10) at Hopla.


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