City District 2050

City District 2050

In the project “Stadtquartier 2050”, the task of supplying the building stock of the Federal Republic of Germany, and thus also of our cities, with almost climate-neutral energy by the year 2050 is being tackled in two exemplary quarters in the cities of Stuttgart and Überlingen. The ambitious urban energy concept will be implemented in deliberately different residential areas, with a special focus on socially acceptable rental price development. Since both cities have similar tasks to perform in the different residential quarters, this systematic approach allows the results and experiences from the demonstration quarters to be transferred and used not only within the respective city, but also in the other city.

The technological and socio-scientific focal points of the work, which are oriented towards the tasks at hand, and the planned tools, such as a neighbourhood app for consumer training, support this approach. The transdisciplinary project consortium is formed by the two teams for the demonstration projects (cities, housing associations, energy suppliers and other planning participants such as research institutes and specialist planners) as well as experts in the fields of social sciences and monument conservation/heat insulation. Two industrial partners (Saint-Gobain Isover G+H AG and puren) are involved in the project and contribute their know-how.

Name City District 2050
Funding Federal Ministry for Research and Education
Project management Project management Jülich
Funding programm "Solar Building/Energy Efficient City" as part of the 6th Energy Research Program of the Federal Government
Start 01.03.2018
Ende 28.02.2023
Project duration 5 years
Project lead Prof. Dr. Henner Gimpel

Prof. Dr. Henner Gimpel

Chair of Digital Management

General data

  • Two quarters: Stuttgart and Überlingen on Lake Constance
  • Over 960 residential units
  • Total investment sum of approx. 190 million euros

Project objectives and focus

  • Conversion, redevelopment and partial demolition and new development of a former hospital area in Stuttgart (conversion area)
  • Peripheral area redevelopment with construction site extension in Überlingen
  • Implementation of a grid optimizer and a neighbourhood app for consumer training

City District 2050

Our experts Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich, Dr. Valerie Graf-Drasch and Oliver Meindl  speak about the goals and visions for the Project “City District 2050”.

mobile district app

To achieve climate neutrality in district projects, the behavior of the residents is of central importance. Therefore, the neighborhood app serves as a digital companion for residents, encouraging and supporting them to live a more climate-conscious life. To this end, residents are trained, for example, through an extensive list of FAQs and tips about saving energy and about environmentally friendly living. An interface to the district’s own Grid Optimizer also enables further recommendations for action to be displayed depending on the weather forecast. These recommended actions help make energy demand more flexible and thus relieve the load on the power grid. In addition, visualization and comparing the individual consumption of resources (electricity, heat, and water) create natural incentives to act more climate-consciously. The use of gamification elements offers residents the opportunity to get to know the neighborhood app in a playful and effortless way and to grow through the challenges they have set themselves in terms of sustainability. In addition to these core functionalities, information on further climate-friendly services such as e-car sharing or timetables for public transport are also implemented in the app. 

contact person

Dr. Valerie Graf-Drasch