“Seestadt Aspern” is aninterdisciplinary researchproject with AIT participation
At AIT, models are being developed for urban developers andplanners, countries, cities and municipalities in order to simulate,plan and realize urban centers of tomorrow.
DEVELOPMENT OF TOOLS IN ORDER TO:
understand network interaction and supporturban planning
efficiently track down energy losses in the cities
visualize the effectiveness of CO2 reductionmeasures
reduce energy consumption in urban areas
increase the safety of the population and maintainthe water quality
According to estimates by UN-Habitat, about 3 million people move tourban centers each week – which means that the proportion of the ur-ban population will increase even further in the coming decades andrise 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. Urbanspaces are a very complex system in their structure and networks andtheir physical, social, technological and economic development not onlydepends on the interaction between the public sector, businesses, poli-ticians and citizens of the city, but also on the interaction with the urbanenvironment 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 thestakeholders.
SIMULATION MODELS FROM THE GREEN MEADOW ON
Therefore, AIT designs simulation models that allow for analysing thequestions posed and creating problem-solving approaches – always in ahighly complex, interdisciplinary context with the clear goal of conflictresolution.
MEASURING AND INTERPRETING BEHAVIOUR
The findings are relevant for developers and providers of future urbancenters in order to provide effective solutions, as well as for urban deci-sion-makers in order to invest in the most promising measures for theachievement social and urban objectives. For city planners are forced tocreate maximally resilient structures that will not be completely obso-lete in 10 years. At the push of a button, AIT can thus generate variousvariants 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 interdisciplinaryapproach by the Vienna University of Technology and the AIT.
For only with multimodal, integrated and cross-sectoral solutions willcities remain viable and „smart“ in the future. In order to accelerate acomprehensive implementation of smart city concepts, scientific meth-ods are being developed that allow the handling of complex questions inthis interdisciplinary context.
Prof. Dr. Reinhard König, Senior Scientist at theCenter for Energy, Business Unit SustainableBuildings and Cities: „By means of design spaceexploration, we are developing models thatprovide an important basis for fast compromisesolutions in complex urban planning issues.“