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BMBF Research Project HeatResilientCity

Heat-resilient urban and neighbourhood development in large cities - resident-oriented knowledge generation and implementation in Dresden and Erfurt

Governance structures, stakeholder perspectives and strategies in thermally stressed districts


Project Description

Increasing heat stress is one of the most acknowledged and serious consequences of climate change in urban areas. The joint research project HeatResilientCity aims at developing and implementing innovative, socially fair, and adaptive measures to reduce thermal stress at neighbourhood level, both in buildings and in open spaces. Selected neighbourhoods in the cities of Erfurt and Dresden serve as ‘living laboratories’. Here, preventive measures with regard to individual behaviour and construction are tested by means of knowledge transfer, participation, and physical implementation.

Research Questions

  • How can both the quality of life and attractiveness of urban neighbourhoods be preserved and improved from the residents’ perspective?
  • How can buildings be adjusted to meet social needs without increasing energy consumption?
  • How can urban spaces be preserved and improved in order to optimize their potential ecosystem services while keeping costs in mind?

Aims and Methods

The interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research team concentrates on tackling conflicting aims of urban development and climate adaptation. It aims to increase not only the acceptance but also the effectiveness of measures for climate adaption. Barriers to implementation are to be identified and reduced. In doing so, the project intends to establish approaches for future-oriented and sustainable city development.
In particular, the subjective perception and behaviour of residents are to be explored to determine specific stress factors caused by the urban heat effect.
During the project, areas where action is required will be identified and specific strategies for climate change adaptation will be implemented via pilot schemes. At all times, the focal point of the research is the residents’ quality of life at city, neighbourhood and household level.

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Duration: 10/2017 to 09/2020

Information on the follow-up project HeatResilientCity II

Cooperation partners within the BMBF joint project:


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
sinning@no -

Academic researcher
Marie-Luise Baldin, M.A.
marie-luise.baldin@no -

Birgit Hanna Keppler, M.Sc.
birgit.keppler@no -

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