EAST-CITIES takes the city of Qingdao as a starting point for developing prototypical strategies for the sustainable development of the larger urban system and comparable urban regions by analyzing settlement patterns, traffic networks, infrastructural systems, value creation, energy-, resource- and land consumption, land use and planning systems in an integrated, regional, functional and systemic way. Based on that, key drivers and barriers for a more sustainable development are identified and exemplary urban and regional development scenarios formulated, discussed with local partners and investigated with view to their implementation. The project team works in an integrative, interdisciplinary, cooperative and transdisciplinary way, in which the continuing growth and urbanization of Qingdao and interlinked settlements is understood by modeling, simulating and analyzing the system of a) existing settlement types, b) ongoing and planned projects and c) developing integrated scenarios for a sustainable region in the context of the larger urban system, to device multi-scalar and cross-sector solutions. In developing and applying new integrated, data driven planning tools and strategies addressing the challenges of sustainable development, EAST-CITIES offers a systemic understanding of the dependencies between different settlement types, their connectivity, associated land use, resou- rce- and energy consumption. Based on this material and immaterial flows of matter, traffic, peo- ple, energy, resources etc. can be optimized to decrease the overall demand and consumption. Specific sustainability aspects are addressed in seven sub projects (SP) and integrated within the joint SP SCENARIO into comprehensible development scenarios for the Qingdao region, addres- sing normative and qualitative objectives for fostering sustainable urbanization.


04/2019 - 09/2020


Max Juraschek


Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

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