Sustainable Building and Smart City
Innovative technologies, exceptional planning expertise, international construction projects – Baden-Württemberg is a leading location for urban development.
Building experts from Baden-Württemberg are involved in innovative projects all over the world such as the roof and facade of the international airport in Bangkok, the integrated planning of the grand mosque Djamaâ El Djazaïr in Algiers and the B10 active house in Stuttgart, which is 100 per cent recyclable. Among international clients, they enjoy a very good reputation. The approximately 25,000 architects and planners as well as around 191,800 engineers in the southwest are an indication of the highly significant role that urban development and sustainable building play in this part of the country. In this context, the knowledge and experience of internationally active construction companies and craftspeople in the southwest round off the exceptional planning and building expertise in this German federal state.
The sector is characterised by a wide variety of products and services and possesses unique know-how and special knowledge, for example in energy-efficient building design, the recycling of building materials and lightweight construction. In the areas of urban mobility or digitisation of the industry on the basis of an approach referred to as ’building information modelling‘, the experts from Baden-Württemberg are also playing an important part.
In Baden-Württemberg, players from industry and science are working across the boundaries of specialist disciplines, industries and technologies to create the city of the future. This necessarily involves the issues of urban development and sustainable building.
The clusters and networks in the state are especially important for international cooperation and the development of innovative system solutions. For example, numerous architects, engineers and manufacturers of building products are cooperating in the „ena – european network architecture“ cluster and engineers from different specialist disciplines are working together in the „bw-engineers“ network.
With its initiative „Building Culture in Baden-Württemberg“, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing is promoting the networking of relevant players within the state and with FUTURECITIESBW (the coordinating office), it is supporting the initiation of international cooperative projects for the Baden-Württemberg building and planning branch. Moreover, the relevant issues for the city of the future are closely linked to the main areas of innovation that the state is concentrating on. These include sustainable mobility, environment technologies, lighweight construction and renewable energy and resource efficiency, as well as information and communication technologies.
With more than 70 universities and over 100 non-university research institutions, Baden-Württemberg is one of the top science locations in Germany. Teaching and research are conducted on the very highest level in the southwest, a situation from which the planning and building industry also profits.
Numerous courses of study in the areas of architecture and civil engineering such as building management, resource-efficient building, urban planning and integrated urbanism and sustainable design ensure a continuous supply of highly qualified young talents.
In addition, research institutions and departments at universities in the state are working on the city of the future and, with their research and development of applications, are contributing to the industry‘s leadership in respect of innovation. For example, in the framework of the Morgenstadt initiative, the Stuttgart Fraunhofer Institutes for Industrial Engineering (IAO) and for Building Physics (IBP) are engaged in research on concepts for cities that are efficient and simultaneously offer a high quality of life. This intensive collaboration between industry and science is one of the factors that are making the state so successful when it comes to urban development and sustainable building.