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In this section we are regularly sharing news and stories about our urban research networks, their recent projects and innovations as well as upcoming events in the context of our Building the City of Tomorrow campaign.

Better schools, better cities

Better schools, better cities

The German-Chinese information campaign GENIUS provides decision-makers in China with information to plan sustainable buildings. Although the Chinese government is promoting sustainable building, many architects, owners and decision-makers in China focus on aesthetics and size alone. More Better schools, better cities

Launch of platform DE-US.net

Launch of platform DE-US.net

City developers in Germany and the USA can now exchange experiences, knowledge and ideas more quickly than ever before. An excellently connected group of experts for sustainable city development has now launched its web-based social platform www.de-us.net and is inviting you to attend their webinars. More Launch of platform DE-US.net

No time to lose in sustainable urban development

No time to lose in sustainable urban development

Jennifer Neumann believes in international cooperation to find solutions for sustainable urban development. Therefore, she coordinates the current international BMBF-campaign focusing on the future of smart, sustainable and energy-efficient cities. More No time to lose in sustainable urban development

World premiere: UrbanLab#1

World premiere – UrbanLab#1 in New Delhi

Smart city network IGSI invited Indian urban planners and students to a three-day UrbanLab in New Delhi. During the event IGSI used innovative planning methods to address the transformation of Connaught Place, one of the most iconic areas and major traffic hub in New Delhi, into a pedestrian zone. More World premiere – UrbanLab#1 in New Delhi

Smart floating architecture in Vietnam & Germany

Smart floating architecture in Vietnam & Germany

Vietnamese lakes and rivers could become home to floating houses and settlements developed in cooperation with German scientists of the SCHWIMMTOUR network. Inhabitants of these settlements will be able to supply their own water and energy and purify their waste water themselves. More Smart floating architecture in Vietnam & Germany

SME + network = innovations

SME + network = innovations

The SME + network = innovations formula gets to the heart of it: It is widely understood that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with less than 250 employees – which make up 99 out of 100 companies in Germany – drive the economy but they are also seen as the guarantors for the success of smart city innovation networks. More SME + network = innovations

Travelling the world: From NYC to DEL

Travelling the world: From NYC to DEL

Ever since the festive kick-off in winterly Berlin and the warm welcome at the German Science Day in Ho Chi Minh City in March, the BMBF campaign “Building the City of Tomorrow” has been well underway. New York City and New Delhi were the next destinations of the network´s world tour in May. More Travelling the world: From NYC to DEL

India & Germany: A perfect match

India & Germany: A perfect match

Parag Wate, CITYtrans network member and researcher at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, reveals why India and Germany are a perfect match for building the City of Tomorrow together. More India & Germany: A perfect match

The latest BMBF campaign is in full swing!

The latest BMBF campaign is in full swing!

After the festive kick-off in Berlin on 9 February 2017 the latest international BMBF campaign "Shaping the Future – Building the City of Tomorrow together" is in full swing. More The latest BMBF campaign is in full swing!

Prep your city against attacks & storms

Prep your city against attacks & storms

Daniel Hiller has initiated and managed national and international projects related to applied security and resilience solutions in various environments. More Prep your city against attacks & storms

Citizens first!

Citizens first!

Marcus Jeutner is a German researcher at the TU Berlin, Institute of Urban and Regional Planning, Chair of Urban Renewal and Sustainable Development and head of the Indo-German Smart Initiative (IGSI). More Citizens first!

Upgrade your city’s energy performance

Upgrade your city’s energy performance

Prof. Ursula Eicker is a German physicist, Head of the Institute of Applied Research, University of Applied Sciences, as well as Scientific Director of the Research Center for Sustainable Energy Technologies. More Upgrade your city’s energy performance

Interview with Poonam Bir Kasturi, winner of the 2016 ideas competition

Interview with Poonam Bir Kasturi, winner of the 2016 ideas competition

Out of 83 ideas for sustainable waste disposal in Indian cities, Poonam Bir Kasturi won over the top class jury of our 2016 ideas competition with her smart idea of a “Community Composter”. More Interview with Poonam Bir Kasturi, winner of the 2016 ideas competition

“From Waste to Resource” - German-Indian ideas competition 2016

“From Waste to Resource” - German-Indian ideas competition 2016

The German-Indian ideas competition "From Waste to Resource – Turning Garbage into Gold" marked the start of Germany´s international campaign "City of Tomorrow". It´s run by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the initiative "Germany - Land of Ideas". More “From Waste to Resource” - German-Indian ideas competition 2016