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BMBF Research Project HeatResilientCity II

Heat adaptation of urban buildings and settlement structures - actor-oriented implementation support to strengthen climate resilience and preventive health care 

Transforming heat-stressed neighbourhoods through governance innovations, sharing approaches in the housing industry and health strategies


As part of the research project HeatResilientCity II, practitioners are enabled to accelerate and consolidate the implementation of adaptation measures to summer heat. The project draws on the results of the predecessor project HeatResilientCity, which developed and is currently implementing effective, socially just and user-accepted adaptation measures. In addition, key actors, drivers and obstacles of adaptation measures to heat were identified, which are also analysed in depth in the follow-up project. Using this knowledge base, which is to be extended and generalized in HeatResilientCity II at the level of different types of building and settlement structures, practitioners are to be provided with expert advice and qualified training. The knowledge is to be established in both existing and newly created networks. The joint project HeatResilientCity II relies on the proven consortium, which will be enhanced by partners from the field of health prevention.

The ISP is a collaborative partner in the research project and will take the lead in examining governance innovations, sharing approaches in the housing industry and health strategies in heat stressed neighbourhoods. The interdepartmental cooperation of municipal administrative actors and the integration of hitherto neglected interests in climate adaptation to heat will be examined and scientifically monitored in a practical and implementation-oriented manner using the case studies of Erfurt and Dresden. The research results of the predecessor project HeatResilientCity on implementation and communication barriers will be extended by the systematisation of typical tasks and the development of coordinated decision paths for climate adaptation to heat. In this context, supporting the establishment of a "heat prevention" health network will make an innovative contribution towards the implementation of existing knowledge and know-how as well as a more efficient implementation and execution heat adaptation measures, in addition to a needs analysis of housing community facilities to ensure that vulnerable groups of residents are kept cool.

The research contributions of the ISP pursue the following main objectives:

  • More efficient design of governance structures (cooperation structures of state, economic and civil society actors) by reducing implementation and communication barriers and systematically reporting on the implementation of recommendations from HeatResilientCity
  • Further development of action bases and options for climate adaptation strategies of municipalities through the systematisation of typical tasks for heat prevention as well as the development of coordinated decision-making paths in inter-agency cooperation
  • Development of needs-based, innovative, communally used and socially equitable heat-resilient infrastructures of housing companies
  • Identification of potentials for successful integration of health concerns through the scientific monitoring of the development of a preventive health network
  • Expert and scientific assistance in the development of an application-oriented manual for health actors and neighbourhood-based early intervention during extreme heat events

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF - Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung) Project Management Agency: German Aerospace Center e. V. (DLR) Duration: 02/2021 to 01/2023


Information about the predecessor project HeatResilientCity


Cooperation Partners


ISP - Institute for Urban Research, Planning and Communication of the Erfurt University of Applied Sciences:

Altonaer Straße 25
99085 Erfurt
No.: 0361 6700-374
Fax: 0361 6700-373
E-Mail: isp@no -

project board
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heidi Sinning

academic researcher
Renate Hermann M.Sc.


Cooperation Partners

IÖR - Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung e.V.
LHD - Landeshauptstadt Dresden
LHE - Landeshauptstadt Erfurt
TUD - Technische Universität Dresden
HTW - Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden
EWG - Eisenbahner-Wohnungsbaugenossenschaft Dresden eG
WBG - Wohnungsbaugenossenschaft Zukunft eG




Citizen Reports | HRC I

Results from the online survey "Platz nehmen - auch bei Hitze!" in Erfurt

Results from the online survey "Heiß, heißer, Haltestelle?" in Dresden

"Heiß, heißer, Haltestelle?" - Q&A


Publications | HRC I

Paper on "Cool Down Cities" read more

Paper on "Heat resilient cities and neighbourhoods" read more


Press Releases | HRC I

Pressemitteilung der FH Erfurt, 27.08.2020

Radio F.R.E.I., 18.08.2020

MDR-Fernsehen, 05.08.2020

MDR Thüringen Journal, 03.08.2020

Pressemitteilung der FH Erfurt, 29.07.2020

Mitteilung Stadt Dresden,16.07.2020

Redaktionsgespräch Radio F.R.E.I., 03.02.2020

Artikel Thüringer Landeszeitung, 28.01.2020

Artikel Thüringer Allgemeine, 02.12.2017

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