Together with members of the Core Research Area from „Stadt der Zukunft“, President Angela Ittel exchanged views on the topic. To discuss the research and visions, the members met at the ISU Space Lab on the 12th floor of the Architower.

“Future City” is a very diverse and extremely interdisciplinary Core Research Area, as soon was made apparent to me during my visit there in the rooms with their bright yellow flooring – a pleasant contrast with the gloomy conditions outdoors during the winter season: from research on tsunamis and climate change adaptation in coastal areas, data-driven approaches to sustainable urban construction, urban production, public participation, urban development and the climate emergency and even fictional dystopian cities – to cite just a few of the topics under consideration. A remarkable 40 different institutes are active here. As spokesperson Professor Vanessa Carlow explained, the research focus originated in 2015 in the form of a grassroots movement initiated by Faculty 3 and has since become firmly established at TU Braunschweig. Its vision: live-able cities for everyone! These cities will be digital, sustainable, safe, healthy and facilitate mobility; this is a goal that I am happy to put my full support behind.

I was also very impressed by their concept of investing seed money as a way of funding urban-related research projects. I believe this idea has major potential when it comes to interdisciplinary research, and particularly with regard to involving the humanities and social sciences into joint projects. When I visited Faculty 6 back in late summer, I was delighted to discover that humanities and social sciences academics were already working together with researchers of Faculty 3 on two impressive projects – one dealing with the chronotopography of waste and the other with social inequality in urban settings.“

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The Future City research discussion was featured in the TU Braunschweig’s magazine Campus Life under the Topic of Quo vadis „Future City“?


Everyone at a glance after the joint workshop (from left): Prof. Nils Goseberg (Leichtweiß Institute for Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources), Prof. Tatjana Schneider (Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture and the City), Anna Lux (Managing Director „Future City“), Prof. Elisabeth Endres (Institute for Building Climatology and Energy of Architecture), Prof. Thomas B. Siefer ( Technische Universität Braunschweig Organisation Faculties Architecture, Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences Institutes Institute of railway systems engineering and traffic safety Logo Institut für Eisenbahnwesen und Verkehrssicherung der TU Braunschweig Institute of Railway Systems Engineering and Traffic Safety), TU President Prof. Angela Ittel, Dr.- Ing. Gabriel David (Junior Research Group „Future Urban Coastlines“), Prof. Eckart Voigts (Institute for English and American Studies), Prof. Vanessa Carlow (Institute for Sustainable Urbanism), Prof. Jochen Zehfuß (Institute of Building Materials, Concrete Construction and Fire Safety), Dr.-Ing. Kolja Meyer (Junior Research Group „Urban Flows and Production“) and Katharina Beckmann (Personal Aide to the President).

Picture credits: Max Fuhrmann/TU Braunschweig.