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Designing Smart Cities: Creative Ideas for Urban Challenges

Winter Semester 2016/17: Product development of innovative and intermodal mobility concepts

In the fourth year of the interdisciplinary Designing Smart Cities projects, the product development of innovative and intermodal mobility concepts was dared.

Given the fact of current developments in the field of digitization and networking of cities, the planning of new city neighbourhoods plays an important and ground breaking role. Above all, this applies to the traffic infrastructure of future smart city districts, by which the project has dealt with as part of the creation of the new future district Gartenfeld in the district of Spandau.

An elementary element of the urban development concept is the Senate's Smart City approach, as well as the car-reduced planning (0.5 parking spaces per residential unit) of Gartenfeld. For motorized private transport is increasingly causing problems, especially in auto bright planned cities, such as high CO2 emissions, congestion and consequent impairment of quality of life.

In the case of the future city district Gartenfeld, the car-reduced design and the visionary district development resulted in a special planning starting point, with the aim of showing to what extent cities can integrate innovative and intermodal mobility concepts into their district planning. For this reason, the task was to identify possible solutions which, in addition to the greatly reduced motorized private transport, also deal with public transport, bicycle traffic and logistics in a new way.


How can multimodal mobility services be provided for the future residents and traders in Gartenfeld who are a viable alternative to their own car?

In order to make the multimodal mobility offers more concrete, the project formed four teams, each of which focused on one aspect of mobility (individual mobility, public transport, freight transport and cycling).

The user involvement of the potential future residents of Gartenfeld was of particular interest in dealing with the question and the sub-questions.


For this project, our practice partner was UTB Projektmanagement GmbH by Thomas Bestgen, who supported us with active cooperation. Other stakeholders from the mobility industry, such as Siemens, Volkswagen and the BVG, took part in the project on the basis of selected topics on integrated mobility, autonomous driving and new concepts of local public transport.

We thank all private and public partners for their support!


In all four projects, concepts were developed that provide multimodal mobility services for the future residents and traders in Gartenfeld, who are a viable alternative to their own car.

In order to do justice to the overarching task and the need for multimodal mobility services for the future residents and tradesmen of Gartenfeld and to offer a viable alternative to their own car, it was necessary to integrate the individual solutions.

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