THE PROFILE 2017/18

Automotive industry/Lightweight construction/Aluminium

Fotos: AIT/ Johannes Zinner

“Seestadt Aspern” is an interdisciplinary research project with AIT participation

PLANNING

THE CITIES

OF TOMORROW

At AIT, models are being developed for urban developers and planners, countries, cities and municipalities in order to simulate, plan and realize urban centers of tomorrow.

OUR SERVICES

DEVELOPMENT OF TOOLS IN ORDER TO:

understand network interaction and support urban planning

efficiently track down energy losses in the cities

visualize the effectiveness of CO2 reduction measures

reduce energy consumption in urban areas

increase the safety of the population and maintain the water quality

OUR APPROACH

According to estimates by UN-Habitat, about 3 million people move to urban centers each week – which means that the proportion of the ur- ban population will increase even further in the coming decades and rise to about 70 percent by 2050. However, this also leads to growing so- cial and ecological challenges, as cities are already one of the main cau- ses of climate change. They consume about two-thirds of the total ener- gy and thus also account for a large part of the CO2 emissions. Urban spaces are a very complex system in their structure and networks and their physical, social, technological and economic development not only depends on the interaction between the public sector, businesses, poli- ticians and citizens of the city, but also on the interaction with the urban environment and with other cities. The development of livable, resource- efficient and low-emission cities requires special concepts, procedures, processes and tools that can be used in a complex interaction with the stakeholders.


SIMULATION MODELS FROM THE GREEN MEADOW ON

Therefore, AIT designs simulation models that allow for analysing the questions posed and creating problem-solving approaches – always in a highly complex, interdisciplinary context with the clear goal of conflict resolution.


MEASURING AND INTERPRETING BEHAVIOUR

The findings are relevant for developers and providers of future urban centers in order to provide effective solutions, as well as for urban deci- sion-makers in order to invest in the most promising measures for the achievement social and urban objectives. For city planners are forced to create maximally resilient structures that will not be completely obso- lete in 10 years. At the push of a button, AIT can thus generate various variants which provide significant support for the corresponding deci- sion-making processes.


COMPLEXITY SCIENCE HUB

The Complexity Science Hub in Vienna is a showcase project for the inter- play between research institutes and innovative companies for smart cities, with concepts for urban development being developed in an interdisciplinary approach by the Vienna University of Technology and the AIT.

For only with multimodal, integrated and cross-sectoral solutions will cities remain viable and „smart“ in the future. In order to accelerate a comprehensive implementation of smart city concepts, scientific meth- ods are being developed that allow the handling of complex questions in this interdisciplinary context.

Prof. Dr. Reinhard König, Senior Scientist at the Center for Energy, Business Unit Sustainable Buildings and Cities: „By means of design space exploration, we are developing models that provide an important basis for fast compromise solutions in complex urban planning issues.“