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MORGENSTADT: CITY INSIGHTS F R A U N H O F E R I N N O VAT I O N S N E T Z W E R K – P H A S E I I ( 2 0 1 4 - 2 0 1 5 )
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Joint Research Project
Morgenstadt: City Insights II
Development and Implementation of system innovations for the city of tomorrow
Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO
Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP
Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS
Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES
Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF
Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB
Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML
Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA
Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI
Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT
Economic Transformation Group (ETG)
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Joint Research Project
Morgenstadt: City Insights II
1.2 Our mission: implement joint systems innovations .......................... 2
1.3 Our approach: research phase 2014 – 2015 - »m:ci²« .................... 3
2 City as a future market ............................................................... 5
3 Innovation network »Morgenstadt: City Insights« ................... 6
3.1 Fields of research and systemic research approach .......................... 6
3.2 Research phase I (2012-2013) ........................................................ 8
3.3 Partners of the innovation network ................................................ 9
4 Content Phase II (2014 – 2015) - »m:ci²« ................................... 10
4.1 Methodology and approach ........................................................... 10
4.2 Project structure and working streams ............................................ 11
4.2.1 Module 1: Project Network ............................................................. 11
4.2.2 Module 2: Toolkit-Development ..................................................... 12
4.2.3 Module 3: Strategic project development (City Labs) ....................... 13
4.2.4 Module 4: R&D Platform ................................................................ 14
4.2.5 Module 5: Public Relations ............................................................. 17
4.3 Expected project results .................................................................. 18
4.4 Benefits for Project partners ........................................................... 18
5 Project Management ................................................................... 20
5.2 Newsletters, E-mails, Online Platform ............................................. 20
5.3 Steering Committee ....................................................................... 21
5.5 Additional research and implementation partners ........................... 22
6 Project duration, funding, language and contact ..................... 23
6.1 Project duration ............................................................................. 23
6.2 Project financing ............................................................................ 23
6.3 Project language ............................................................................ 24
Morgenstadt: City Insights II
1.1 Our vision: Shaping the future of cities
Urban development – Electric Mobility – Industry 4.0 – Demographic Change –
Climate crisis – Internet of Things – Shareconomy… the world is changing fast
and entire industries are reinventing themselves to be able to compete in
complex times of transition, but also to be active players in shaping the future
of our planet. The more urban our planet grows, the more we come to realize
that our cities play an essential role in shaping a sustainable future. Here is
where we live, consume, produce, work and enjoy. The city of the future thus
will have to be fundamentally different from the energy consuming,
greenhouse gas emitting, car stuffed and often socially unbalanced urban
systems that we have come to create throughout the last 100 years. Today´s
cities are using systems and infrastructure which are partly based on outdated
technologies, making them unsustainable, inflexible, inefficient and difficult to
Today we are at the brink of a new urban era. To face the big challenges of the
next decades, we have to shape city systems that are innovative, flexible,
liveable and sustainable. Future cities and city quarters will have to produce
almost zero emissions or waste, enable a maximum quality of life for all its
inhabitants, provide a maximum of resiliency towards expected- and
unexpected changes and deliver prosperity and progress through sustainable
innovations. Pilot projects that integrate clean technologies with business
models and innovative urban development approaches are becoming the
demonstrators of this new paradigm of the City of the Future.
1.2 Our mission: implement joint systems innovations
The Fraunhofer Innovation Network »Morgenstadt / City of the Future«
is a platform of high-level first movers from cities and industry run by the
German Fraunhofer-Society. It aims at developing and implementing socio-
technical innovations for the city of the future. The fundamental goal of the
network is to accelerate development that helps reduce energy and resource
consumption while also enhancing the liveability of cities.
We apply the full scale of cutting-edge innovation management to a high-level
network of cities and companies that already working in the field of urban
sustainability in Europe and around the world:
Evolutionary innovation
We demonstrate and quantify new markets and development potentials in
urban systems for existing products, technologies and systems solutions
(evolutionary innovation).
We identify coming technology-effects and disruptive developments for the city
of tomorrow and conceive new products, systems and business models.
To shape the demand-oriented transformation of today´s cities to more
sustainability, resilience, quality of live and innovative capacity, we are
engaging actively within two main fields of action:
a) Design & implement innovative cross-sectoral projects:
By collaborative applications across different fields of research-,
development- and conversion projects on national and European
platforms, innovative solutions for urban systems will be initiated and
first pilot-implementation will be tested. Working Groups & Innovation
Labs are designed to result in concrete project concepts with multi-
partner consortia.
In the first year three cities will be chosen for “deep dive” engagement
for accelerating and managing their transition towards high
sustainability development and implementation of new breakthrough
innovations and projects. The process will include deep analysis,
strategic road mapping, and project concept development and
prioritization. Additional cities will be added on an on-going basis in the
years to come.
1.3 Our approach: research phase 2014 – 2015 »m:ci²«
Based on the results and insights gained in phase I, phase II of the Fraunhofer
Innovation network »Morgenstadt / City of the Future« starts in January 2014
(»m:ci²«) While Phase I was designed to analyse and understand today’s
leading cities, we now focus on creating the city of the future. Accordingly aim
and content of phase II are:
a) Identification and initiation of innovative city development
c) Implementation of pilot projects and demonstrators
To this end the existing network is being converted into an ongoing alliance of
industry, cities, planers and research institutions that aims at actively shaping
the market of the future. Lead questions for »m:ci²« are:
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development with new solutions and business models?
- How can cities establish new fields of action for a sustainable
development together with new partners?
We strive to especially address shortcomings of industry and businesses
working together with cities that were identified throughout phase I. Our aim
is to initiate long-term transitions of selected cities towards sustainable
development and to thereby create national and international reference
projects on the level of entire cities.
We aim for becoming the first global alliance for planning and implementing
sustainable urban solutions in a variety of different cities. Strategic aims of
»Morgenstadt / City of the Future« are:
Development and deployment of innovative solutions for sustainable
liveable and resilient cities of the future.
Shaping and activation of sustainable cities as future markets through
systems innovations.
implementation projects with research, industry and cities.
Actively addressing the public funds available for sustainable and smart
city development in Germany, Europe and worldwide with a strong
consortium of industry, cities and research.
Creating international visibility as a strong alliance of industry, research
and cities.
towards the vision of the »Morgenstadt / City of the Future«.
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2 City as a future market
The main driver for the innovation network »m:ci²« is the global development of cities. In 2030 already 5 billion people will live in cities, with the largest share of them located in today’s emerging economies. It is expected that cities worldwide will expand their area by the factor 2.5 - leading to the sealing of up to 7% of globally available fertile ground. Cities account for 60-80% of global energy use and for a similar share of global greenhouse gas emissions - although cities have the highest potential for gains in efficiency and minimizing the ecological footprint of individuals. Also, cities are the places of global value creation: between 2010 and 2025 the GDP of the 600 largest cities worldwide will increase by over 30 trillion US$, accounting for 60% of global economic growth. In the same time span an additional amount of floor space will need to be built, equalling 85% of today’s globally existing floor space. »Global urban infrastructure and usage expenditures in dwelling and transportation for the next three decades will exceed $350 trillion (…) or seven times the current global GDP.« (WWF and Booz & Company, 2010)
We increasingly face global challenges such as climate change, scarce resources, and the exploitation of ecosystems that go beyond the planetary boundaries. If we are to avoid unprecedented shifts in our lifestyles forced upon us by external shocks, we have to prepare to advance a type of urban development that leads towards shaping sustainable and resilient cities. Both creating and responding to “the city of tomorrow” will require new ways of thinking. Conventional products and solutions oriented to single consumers or single markets must be replaced by integrated approaches that relate to entire urban systems. Future cities must master an innovation loop based upon new relationships between information, resources, products, natural systems, and users. The pathway to sustainable, liveable and resilient cities will be shaped by innovations and concerted implementation of new socio-technical urban solutions, innovative business models and organizational structures. Concepts and technologies for planning and realizing sustainable urban systems thus represent one of the biggest markets of the future. Most sustainable systems work not because of a »sustainability intention«, but because it is easier and more convenient to use them. Creating sustainable systems means focusing on functionality, easy access and high efficiency of use. Sustainability has to be built into the system if we want it to take off. For cities, this implies that maximizing their own fitness is the best way to prepare the ground for successfully moving towards sustainability. Urban systems with a high fitness level are able to react more flexible on change and use challenges for finding innovative solutions. Thus, finding the right balance between an agile city management and the continuous pursuit of long-term goals is the challenge each city has to take on.
We believe that each city is unique. We therefore build upon scalable methods and tools and on interdisciplinary collaboration to develop and implement innovative solutions for an individual context.
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City Insights« Phase II 3 Innovation network »Morgenstadt: City Insights«
The innovation network »Morgenstadt: City Insights« (»m:ci²«) represents an
alliance of »first movers« in industry, cities and research that addresses the
growing issue of sustainable cities at an early stage from a systemic and
integrated perspective. The network consists of high-ranking partners from
industry, leading cities in terms of sustainable development, and Fraunhofer
research institutes covering various sectors and disciplines of research. Lead by
interdisciplinary collaboration and close cooperation with the research sector,
partner cities and enterprises take a leading role in finding solutions for the
global challenges and the pressing questions of the 21.Century.
»m:ci²« aims to accelerate the global transition to sustainable urban systems.
Members of the Network share three important convictions:
Sustainable cities are the key to a sustainable future
To create a liveable future on our planet, we must create intelligent, CO2-
neutral cities that effectively make use of energy and resources and provide
a high quality living for everyone.
Technical, organizational, and financial innovations are key to creating sustainable cities
Effective, transformational solutions for clean, efficient, and liveable cities
emerge where innovative technologies are combined with mind-set shifts,
new management and organizational structures, and sound creative
business models.
that facilitate out-of-the-box thinking and enable active work at interface
points between sectors and disciplines.
Based on those underlying principles the innovation network sends impulses for
the innovative development of urban systems that work towards a sustainable
liveable future city. The primary mission of the Network is to identify, conceive, initiate and implement pilot and demonstration projects for sustainable urban solutions in cities in Germany and around the world.
Projects will be developed in variable consortia made up of industry, city, and
research partners.
3.1 Fields of research and systemic research approach
Research and innovation within »m:ci²« is driven by a new approach that enables to assess, monitor and shape sustainable urban development from a systemic point of view. The »Morgenstadt model for sustainable urban development« combines insights from the most important urban sectors into an action-oriented analytical framework.
The City Insights Network focuses on eight key technology sectors with a systemic, integrated approach. Governance structures and the economic dynamics within urban systems facilitate progress in these technical sectors and thus represent additional arenas for analysis and implementation.
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Governance and Planning Structures of politics and administration, adapted methods and concepts for the strategic goal, conception, resolution, planning and realization of approaches and projects to improve sustainability, participation processes, urban development and planning
Economic and Business Innovation Strengthen the economy, development of business clusters, new business models for sustainable technologies and secure financing
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Big data, e-government, ICT-infrastructure, ICT for intelligent control and user friendly offers in the mobility and energy sectors, open data solutions, integration of urban technologies via ICT etc.
Mobility and Traffic EVs, charging technologies, infrastructures and solutions for bicycles, mass transport systems, e-ticketing, real-time information and steering of traffic, urban cable cars, transport oriented development, city of short distances, sub-a-vehicles and urban mobility on demand etc.
Production and Logistics Urban production, supply of trade, industry 4.0, commerce and households, holistic use of cradle-to-cradle systems, innovations in product design, smart city logistics, etc.
Security New smart and multifunctional protection technologies and materials, security concepts and systems for public spaces and buildings, advanced risk management and planning tools for public safety
Buildings Energy efficiency, comfort, holistic accounting of all urban building types, buildings and public space, resource efficiency and life cycle assessment of used materials
Energy and Resources Import, production, distribution and consumption of energy, heat/cold, gas and fuel in the urban context. Renewable energies, energy efficient technologies, smart multy energy grids etc.
Urban Water Infrastructure Water supply/waste water disposal, water quality, security of supply, rain water drainage, energy consumption and use of resources
Waste Management and Disposal Local waste and resource management, observation of processes for circular economy, urban mining, etc.
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City Insights« Phase II 3.2 Research phase I (2012-2013)
The first phase of »Morgenstadt: City Insights« took place from June 2012 until
October 2013. Over 50 researchers from 12 Fraunhofer- Institutes conducted a
rigorous on-site analysis of six leading global cities: Freiburg, Copenhagen, New
York, Berlin, Singapore and Tokyo.
Over 100 best practices in eight urban sectors were analysed with a trans-
disciplinary approach. Fraunhofer researchers systematically derived insights
regarding key factors that create conditions for cities to successfully transition
towards urban systems that make effective use of energy and resources while
maximizing the quality of life for residents. The research identified
requirements for the urban markets of the future and enabled new
collaborations between private sector industry partners, research institutes,
community groups, and city administrations.
The aim of phase I was to identify the leading-edge global status quo of
sustainable city systems and to create a starting point for the research and
development of innovations in future urban systems. The »M:CI« researchers
went one step further and aligned and synchronized insights from all cities in
one action-oriented model for sustainable urban development – called the
»City of the Future Model for Sustainable Urban Development«.
m:ci Methodology: systems analysis The »M:CI« consortium has developed the »City Insights
Methodology«: a multidisciplinary methodology for analyzing complex
urban systems and transferring this knowledge into integrated concepts
and innovative solutions for future cities.
m:ci city system model 83 key application fields for sustainable urban development were
identified in phase I and integrated to create a generic action-oriented
model for sustainable urban development. The model provides a
standardized approach for identifying the sustainability performance of
cities and for creating individual road maps, strategies and operative
projects for a future-oriented city.
Key Insights Out of the results of the system analysis Key Insights were packed in
formulated thesis. Those Key Insights point out the future research and
action fields for a sustainable development.
Best-Practices, City Rankings Evaluation of 300 good-practices, city rankings, and existing studies
were completed for identifying 100 best-practices from eight urban key
sectors. The in depth analysis of these best-practices in 6 global cities
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technologies and business models for sustainable urban solutions.
m:ci Data base All information is fed into a City Insights Database that tracks the
relationships between indicators (over 200 per city), success indicators
for each best practice case, and factors that impact sustainable urban
development in general. Profiling and benchmarking of cities becomes
m:ci Project approach Over 50 ideas and concepts for subsequent urban development projects
have already been generated out of the insights from within the cities,
which can now be integrated and developed in phase II.
3.3 Partners of the innovation network
Unique to the City Insights Network is its heterogeneous base of partners.
Phase I has impressively demonstrated the potential of combining multiple
backgrounds and approaches to shaping sustainable cities. The current m:ci
innovation network of phase I (as of October 2013) consists of 21 industrial
partners, 11 German Cites and 10 Fraunhofer Institutes. Goal of the next phase
is the complementary addition of national and international industrial and
municipal actors as well as planning offices, research institutes and value
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Content Phase II (2014 – 2015)
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4.1 Methodology and approach
The research scope of the second project phase (2014-2015) of »Morgenstadt:
City Insights« will seamlessly connect to the first project phase (2012-2013):
Together with the relevant stakeholders new technology concepts and creative
solution strategies will be identified, adapted to real-life project requirements
and tested in several pilot projects for practicability and feasibility.
In order to achieve these ambitious goals the connection between applied
research and strategic business development is key. In the current project phase
II the focus lies on the exploitation of the research results of phase I and the
strategic project development plus implementation. For the operationalization
the second project phase is classified into five research modules (see 4.2.
project structure and working streams).
The core focus hereby will be the establishment of at least three strategic
cooperations with cities in Germany, Europe and another region (city labs)
where targeted future requirements for action and development trajectories
until the year 2030 will be researched and validated. In tight collaboration with
the respective cities, partner companies and Fraunhofer institutes will develop
strategic solutions for innovation with our holistic systems approach
(Morgenstadt model) and will screen opportunities for implementation projects.
This approach differs distinctively from the on-site city stays from phase I which
have had a comprehensive city systems analysis in focus.
The following leading questions are hereby relevant:
How will long-term framework conditions of urban development and
the priorities of the cities change within the next twenty years?
How can we integrate design and implementation of a strategic
transformation roadmap for short-, middle- and long-term measures for
Which potentials need to be addressed in order to initiate real-world
and demand-oriented pilot projects for research and development?
Connected by a collaborative online platform, members of the »M:CI« Network
will self-organize in different focus groups for addressing sector specific
research questions and for developing and implementing innovative solutions
together with our city partners. Coordination of these projects will be managed
by the responsible Fraunhofer-Institute(s) representing each sector. Network
partners can bring in their individual interests, research questions and projects
with the Fraunhofer institutes validating project opportunities, carrying out in-
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4.2 Project structure and working streams
»m:ci²« comprises the following five modules: 01_Project Network, 02_Tookit- Development, 03_Strategic Project Development (City Labs), 04_R&D Platform and 05_Public relations.
4.2.1 Module 1: Project Network
Internationally visible platform of innovation leaders from industry, research and municipalities for sustainable urban development.
To engage in the future market of cities and to facilitate system innovations through interdisciplinary collaboration for the sustainable development of urban systems
Output for m:ci² partners
Regular network meetings (3 per year) for exchange of ideas and knowledge on future city development
Project steering and updates, organized work groups, best-practice tours, keynote presentations and panel discussions
Networking and project initiation
Cities can express their demands and use the network for
problem identification and solution finding:
Figure 2 Project structure Phase II
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Content Phase II (2014 – 2015)
»m:ci²« Phase II Exclusive access to an effective consortia which combines
technology development with urban process insights
Companies can adjust their product strategies on urban
demands, can engage actively in solution identification and
can increase their chances in the field of urban systems.
The unique selling proposition of the innovation network is the heterogeneous
base of partners for the interdisciplinary collaboration of high-level stakeholders
from cities, industry, NGO and research institutes which cover all relevant urban
sectors. Phase I has impressively demonstrated the potential of combining
multiple backgrounds and approaches to shaping sustainable cities. The
systemic approach and the high-level partners enable a high national and
international visibility of »m:ci²«.
4.2.2 Module 2: Toolkit-Development
A second basis for strategic identification of project opportunities and demand
for innovation is the development of a Morgenstadt / City of the Future toolkit.
It will provide the necessary tools and instruments for an in-depth collaboration
with cities. The basic toolkit consists of a city audit, a sustainability quick check
and a scenario tool. All tools build upon the results of the research phase I of
»m:ci« and on the long standing Fraunhofer experience of technology
management and technology road-mapping. Content and framework for the
tools have already been generated. The development of the toolkit thus refers
to convert these contents into systematic and efficient online-assessment tools.
Those will be applied by Fraunhofer expert-teams, by partner cities and by
partner companies for identifying fields for development and potential projects
for sustainable city development and for designing joint strategies and single
measures that build upon each other. The following tools will be developed:
City Audit for systems analysis of selected cities with respect to their sustainability performance and demand and potential for development. The city audit is based upon the »m:ci« model for sustainable development and will be refined and peer-reviewed with the Morgenstadt partners until July 2014.
Sustainability quick check for cities. Cities will be given the possibility of assessing their sustainability performance in a quick and comprehensive way via online assessment. The quick check is a compressed version of the city audit and enables a quick identification of potential for sustainable development.
Scenario Tool for strategy development, for conveying roadmaps, recommendations for action and long-term strategies for cities until 2030.
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Provision of main analytical instruments that enable a strategic collaboration with cities for a long-term transition towards sustainability.
Output for m:ci² Partners
Access to all research results. Toolkit exclusively for members of m:ci²
Scientific basis for a systematic collaboration between cities and industry.
shortcomings in terms of sustainability with the toolkit.
Can convey strategies and design and prioritize measures
for sustainable city development.
markets and potential projects. It serves as strategic tool
for joint project development.
4.2.3 Module 3: Strategic project development (»City Labs«)
The strategic project development will be demonstrated with at least 3 selected
German and international cities within the so-called city labs. The aim of
»m:ci²« is to initiate and accelerate the long-term transitions of selected cities
towards sustainable urban systems and to thereby create both international
and Germany based reference projects on the level of entire cities.
Identification of potential cities as city labs will happen in collaboration
between all project partners with all partners having the possibility of
suggesting potential cities. In addition Fraunhofer experts conduct an extensive
screening of national and international cities. Based on criteria like sustainability
performance, market potential, demonstrated capacity for change and
implementation of high-level projects etc. we will collectively decide (majority
decision) upon potential cities to be addressed for collaboration. Co-operation
starts after the Fraunhofer-Society has signed a corresponding contract with
these cities.
The tools and instruments developed in module 2 will be applied to the
selected cities for identifying needs for action and strategic project
development. We thereby follow the following steps:
a) Formation of a local counterpart team for supporting the Fraunhofer-
researchers with local knowledge and access to data and information.
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Content Phase II (2014 – 2015)
»m:ci²« Phase II b) Assessment of indicators and identification of specific characteristic of action fields for sustainable development.
c) Identification of local drivers, frame conditions and impact factors.
d) Organisation of workshop 1 with representatives of city and m:ci² project partners.
e) Elaboration and design of a strategy / roadmap by a Fraunhofer-project team and interested project members (incl. Measures and financing)
f) Organisation of workshop 2 with representatives of city and m:ci² project partners for initiating projects and measures.
Modul 3: Strategic project development (City Labs)
transformation processes in selected cities in Germany and
At least one proposal for a large joint project at EU
Horizon 2020 until end of 2014. At least one proposal for
a large joint project to the German High-tech-Strategy
Strategic collaboration with at least 3 cities until end of
Joint identification and selection of potential cities.
Workshops, networking and events on-site with city
representatives, companies and Fraunhofer research for
developing and initiating projects. Co-creation of
strategies, roadmaps and measures.
Creation of national and international demonstrators for transitioning of cities towards sustainability.
Integrated planning and convergence of strategy development and potentials from technologies.
High national and international visibility of city labs.
First City Lab: Prague Oct. 2014 – April 2015 The city of Prague has been selected on June 26 as first city lab. Between October 2014 and April 2015 a team of Fraunhofer researchers will conduct the systems analysis and develop a sustainability roadmap for and together with the City of Prague. A report containing the sustainability profile and a roadmap for sustainable development of Prague will be delivered as result.
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Project implementation in »City Labs«
Project implementation in the framework of m:ci² »City Labs« takes place after the strategic project development process. Projects will be defined in the context of the city systems analysis in collaboration of the Fraunhofer project development team, Morgenstadt partners and key local stakeholders. The following aspects will guide joint project development:
1. Creation of positive sustainability effects on city level
2. Minimization of negative effects in adjacent sectors and fields of action.
3. Maximization of sustainability effects through cross-impact-analysis of projects upon each other.
Based on the „Balanced ScoreCard“ the Fraunhofer project development team will develop a project development template that helps verifying potential projects on the above named aspects and thus integrated holistic sustainability into the project development process. Project implementation in »City Labs«
Initiation of 5-10 projects per m:ci² »City Lab« as national and international reference projects.
Initiation of long-term city transformation processes towards higher sustainability.
Output for m:ci² Partners
Support of project implementation by Fraunhofer, project development team.
Early involvement of project partners into strategy development and definition of measures.
4.2.4 Module 4: Morgenstadt Solutions Portfolio
The innovation network »Morgenstadt: City Insights« is developing a portfolio
of integrated solutions that respond to the demands of cities in their search for
pathways towards sustainable development. We integrate the right
technologies into modules for sustainable urban development and weave them
into existing city structures.
The Morgenstadt Solutions Portfolio is being developed in a joint approach
between research industry and cities. Each module is led by a Fraunhofer-
Institute and brought towards implementation by a consortium of partners
from research, industry, planners and cities.
Each module consists of two core elements:
A concept that addresses the integration of technologies, business
models and stakeholder oriented processes for implementation
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Content Phase II (2014 – 2015)
»m:ci²« Phase II A use case within a partner city that demonstrates the application of
the concept within a real-world city development project.
At current (July 2014) the solutions portfolio is being developed across
four streams and 12 modules as shown in the table below:
Project development in »Innovation Labs«
Connected by a collaborative online platform, members of the City Insights
Network self-organize in different work groups for addressing research
questions and for developing and implementing innovative solutions together
with our city partners along the streams defined in the solutions portfolio.
Coordination of these projects will be managed by the responsible Fraunhofer-
Institute(s) representing each sector.
Topics for innovation labs will be defined collectively and depend upon project members interest. Some examples are: urban energy systems, sustainable business models, urban ecosystem management, innovative mobility concepts, sustainable industry districts / green industry parks etc.
Real Labs for District Conversion •1. Green Industry Park
•2. Mixed use districts
•5. Sustainable Mobility Districts
•7. Urban ICT Services
Ecology oriented City development
•8. Circular urban economy
Figure 3 Streams & Modules
of the Solutions Portfolio
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Abstract Phase II
Supported by a City Insights Project Coordinator and the City Insights Management Team, the project consortia can actively link to public funding on state, national and international levels. Options for private funding, institutional investments, and business innovation are being promoted by the City Insights Network.
Project implementation in »Innovation Labs«
the implementation of development / technology projects
in smaller consortia.
10-15 projects in application process or in implementation until end of 2015.
Output for m:ci² Partners
Topic-related task force groups for working on chosen issues and initiation of joint projects.
Access to Fraunhofer technologies and Fraunhofer experience in applied research in a broad range of sectors and technologies.
Project coordinators and scouts for funding help identify and address national, European and international funds.
Collaboration with strategic partners from politics, research and associations on national and international level.
Access to Fraunhofer research services in various sectors
Coordinated pilot projects as show-cases of the Morgenstadt-Network.
Establishment of own company / city under the Morgenstadt brand.
4.2.5 Module 5: Public Relations
Like in Phase I selected results are being presented to the public in form of events, publications, keynotes, presentations and / or fairs. A full-scale study »Morgenstadt City Index« is intended to assess demands and activities of several hundred cities worldwide and act as a public-oriented instrument.
Information about »Morgenstadt / City of the Future« will thus be made available to a broad professional audience, establishing the brand »Morgenstadt / City of the Future« as synonym for an innovative and sustainable urban development.
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»m:ci²« Phase II Module 5: Public Relations
Constant communication and public relation for establishing »Morgenstadt / City of the Future« as brand and providing marketing assistance to our project partners.
Output for m:ci² Partners
Completion of an international cities survey »What Cities Need« on interests, demands, expectations, trends and activities of cities and communities
Organisation of key-notes and events for presentations of partners and project content (ca. 50 in Phase II in Europe and internationally)
Optional: publication of project results and activities of partners as book.
Optional: Joint organisation of representations at international fairs and events.
4.3 Expected project results
The joint innovation network »Morgenstadt / City of the Future« pursues the following goals in phase II:
Thinking ahead and validation of long-term development trajectories of cities with respect to a strategic creation of a new market of sustainable urban solutions.
Coordinated initiation of several large and medium sized joint projects for research and implementation in cities.
Implementation of 20-30 ad-hoc projects out of task-force groups on sector level in smaller consortia. Expected overall volume: 30 Mio. €
Deepening cooperation with national and international sponsors (German »Nationale Plattform Zukunftsstadt«, KfW, EU Commission, EIP on smarter cities and communities, World Bank, ADB etc.)
Internationalization of the network and creation of references in Europe, North- and South America and Asia.
4.4 Benefits for Project partners
Together with our project partners we aim at developing and implementing
innovations for the city of tomorrow. The exploitation of ideas and concepts for
real-world projects is the long-term goal of this joint project. It is the declared
aim of the Fraunhofer Institutes in »Morgenstadt: City Insights« to create
added value through innovation for all cities and industry partners in the
industries and first mover cities in terms of sustainability.
Use network for finding solutions to own demands and problems
and gain impulses for development and implementation of
innovative solutions.
Access to m:ci² Toolkit and own application of sustainability quick
check that allows cities to compare in relation to other cities and assess
relative strengths and weaknesses
Gaining access to project funding from the public and private sector
Identification of strategic partners and formation of collaborations for
the implementation of specific projects
Exchange and discussion of experiences and promising practices
National and international visibility as first mover with respect to
sustainable development.
international level
market “Sustainable cities”.
Learn how products relate to cities and how to maximize market
Strategic enhancement of own portfolio with respect to urban systems
Accessing German and international city markets with a comprehensive
and systemic approach
Influencing scope and content of smart/sustainable city projects in early
project development stages
initiating smart city projects, sustainable city projects etc.
Identification of synergies with business and research and exploitation
of potentials for cooperation
development projects through cooperation with Fraunhofer
Access to regional and international funding
Promoting global brand
Morgenstadt: City Insights II
5 Project Management
Overall coordination of the Morgenstadt network lies with the Fraunhofer IAO.
Project management tasks include:
Administration of the City Insights Online Platform
Organization of events and workshops
Public relations and communication
Communication between project members and project management will take
place primarily in the form of regular e-mails, newsletters and compressed
reports, and briefings on ongoing projects and developments.
5.1 Project Management Meetings
One of the key institutions of the City Insights Network will be regular in person meetings facilitated for the purpose of initiating projects and exchanging ideas and best practices. Progress in individual fields of investigation will be presented in the plenum and will be discussed and evaluated by the project members. The project meetings will be complemented by expert lectures and visits to thematically interesting locations (e.g. model regions, sites, research institutes etc.) with best-practice tours of ground- breaking projects.
5.2 Newsletters, E-mails, Online Platform
Partners in the City Insights Network receive periodic newsletters with
information about current research projects, conferences and events, and with
information on important developments and initiatives in key sectors of
interest. Information on organizational issues (workshops, events, decisions)
will be disseminated through e-mails. The results of systems analysis will be
communicated in compressed reports and briefing documents.
In addition to the personal meetings and publications an online platform (Ning-
Community: secures the information flow and
enables interaction between all project partners. Through the online-platform
members have the opportunity to constantly exchange ideas and information
and to extend their contact network. Fraunhofer provides up-to-date
information and documents exclusively for the project members at the online
platform. In addition, newsletters and briefing documents are provided for
The »M:CI« Steering Committee represents an equal share of Fraunhofer
representatives (3) and project partners (3: 1 city partner, 2 industry partners).
The goal of the steering committee is to achieve the best representation and
integration of the interests of research, cities and industry throughout the
course of the project. Representatives from industry and city partners on the
»M:CI« steering committee will be elected on an annual basis by all project
members. The steering committee will determine the allocation of resources for
the project development team. It will also stipulate which cities the project
development teams will visit, along with the number of project experts.
5.4 Associated Fraunhofer Institutes
The Competence Team „Urban Systems Engineering“ of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO has taken on the task of the overall project coordination as well as main parts of the research performances.
Following further Fraunhofer Institutes will participate in the research for phase II. This composition garantees the systemic research approach, because all relevant sectors of research and project development are perfectly covered.
Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, Stuttgart (
Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP, Stuttgart (
Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF, Magdeburg (
Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Stuttgart (
Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML, Dortmund (
Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS Berlin (
Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, Stuttgart (
Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, Karlsruhe (
Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT, Oberhausen (
Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES, Kassel (
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Morgenstadt: City Insights II
5.5 Additional research and implementation partners
Economic Transformation Group (ETG) Fraunhofer experts are supported by the Economic Transformation Group (ETG) with knowledge and experience in economic development and business innovation. With over 20 years of hands-on experience around the globe, Economic Transformations Group brings together leaders from business, government, education, and community to define effective strategies and to take specific actions to achieve sustainability and real prosperity. ETG has led the field with hands on experience in regional economic development, urban planning, innovation, and sustainable business practices. From Silicon Valley to Slovenia and from Morocco to Mexico, ETG has succeeded in inspiring, forming, and supporting action teams of business, government and community leaders to develop and implement strategies for sustainable and competitive economic growth. ETG's networked team of consultants includes experienced economists, management consultants, implementation specialists, and systems and institutions designers. All of ETG's affiliates are committed to the principles of sustainability.
Further Partners In addition there are strategic partners of the Fraunhofer-Society bringing their experience and global network into the project. It covers among others:
GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Development Corporation)
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
LSE - London School of Economics Cities Programme
WBCSD - World Business Council for Sustainable Development
DGNB - Deutsche Gesellschaft für nachhaltiges Bauen (German Sustainable Building Council)
More detailed talks are currently held that optimally meet further strategic partnerships.
Figure 4
Modul 5: Communication/PR
Global City Study
National + EU- Proposals
Focus Groups (Project Initiations , Potential Analys is , Concept Development, Feas ibility Studies , …)
Study Publication, Book release, Presentations , …
6 Project duration, funding, language and contact
6.1 Project duration
»m:ci²« will start on January 1, 2014. Since it is designed as a long-term alliance, there is no defined end-date to the network. The planned agenda for the first two-years period is as follows:
Project management/control meetings (PSM) will take place regularly every 4 months to discuss interim results and to define further orientation.
6.2 Project financing
»M:CI« is collectively financed by all network partners. The participation fee for
various member categories is as follows:
Enterprises 50.000 € p/a
15.000 € p/a Cities as City Labs (Module 3): upon request
Project partners that sign a contract over three or more years can be granted a
discount to the total membership fee. Full yearly fee applies regardless of
initiation date of the contract.
Figure . 4 Agenda for
Morgenstadt: City Insights II
Project duration, funding, language
and contact Phase II The budget covers the engagement of Fraunhofer-Society researchers and as
needed additional expertise, travel expenses for on-site research, workshop
expenses and expenditures on literature and materials that will be used and
generated within the project.
6.3 Project language
The official »M:CI« language is English. Some specific activities, however, must be conducted in German.
Research activities and project development in German cities will be conducted in German.
International research activities and project development will be conducted in English.
Important documents for all project members will be provided in English. German summaries will be provided upon request.
The language used in network meetings and project management meetings will generally be English.
6.4 Contact
For further information please contact:
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Bauer Director of Fraunhofer IAO Fraunhofer IAO Telefon +49 (0) 711 / 970 – 2090 Mail [email protected]
Alanus von Radecki Project leader Fraunhofer IAO Telefon +49 (0) 711 / 970 – 2169 Mail [email protected]
Maike Buttler Deputy project leader Fraunhofer IBP Telefon +49 (0) 30 / 6883759-6220
Mail [email protected]
Steffen Braun Deputy project leader Fraunhofer IAO Telefon +49 (0) 711 / 970 – 2301 Mail [email protected]
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