Status: Project completed
End of project period: 30.6.2014



The project aimed to identify strategies, concepts and methods for an implementation of the vision of a resource-efficient and low-emission development of settlements on the basis of two regions and contrasting regional dynamics.

Depending on the historical initial situation and resulting development trajectories promising concepts to increase resource efficiency may vary, and even indicate into opposite directions.

The project focused on the built environment, land use conflicts and material flows in the subject areas energy, water, mineral resources, settlements and traffic. Situational pressure to change as well as local and regional inefficiencies served as starting points for the search for efficient system solutions.

Within the project the following thematic areas were regarded along so called “dissonance hypotheses” also considering predominant problems and requirements for a resource-efficient and low-emission development of settlements:

  • energy efficiency and renewable energies
    integration of renewable energies into existing networks
    opportunities for a more efficient energy utilisation
    system solutions for energy crops
    biological conversion of carbon from energetic processes into methane
  • material flows (waste management)
    analysis of material flows of secondary resources in the building sector for an optimised recycling of building materials
    lop and urban waste as part of the municipal or regional energy supply
  • water management
    conception/development of a
    more efficient water and waste water management and infrastructure, e.g. through decentralisation and concepts orienting on the material cycle
  • development of settlements and traffic
    analysis of the development of settlement structure and building stock as basis for an integrated optimisation of the mentioned thematic areas
    mobility management