Rapid Planning

                 Sustainable Infrastructure, Environmental and Resource Management for highly dynamic Metropolises

Rapid Planning is an action-oriented research project that was developed and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Ecucation and REsearch (BMBF). Rapid Planning targets urban development and infrastructure supply in four dynamic and fast growing case cities in different geographical contexts, namely Assyut (Egypt), Kigali (Rwanda), Frankfurt (Germany) and Da Nang (Viet Nam). The project addresses the sectors waste, water, wastewaterm energy and urban agriculture and food systems and aims at fostering sustainable urban development through trans-sectoral planning and improved management approaches.
The project's main objective is the development of a trans-sectoral planning methodology focusing on the provision and improvement of urban basic services. In order to facilitate the methodology's implementation, the project also considers the legislative and policy frameworks as well as the economic conditions of the respective case cities and countries and actively involves relevant stakeholders.

The project consortium is composed of eleven research institutes and universities as well as of the global organisation UN Habitat:

  • AT-Association, Verband zur Förderung angepasster, sozial- & umweltverträglicher Technologien [advanced socially- and environmentally-sound technology practice] e.V., Stuttgart
  • Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU), Cottbus
  • Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences/ FFin Frankfurt Institute for Architecture, Frankfurt (Main)
  • Institut für Automation und Kommunikation (ifak), Magdeburg
  • Ifeu – Institute for Energy and Environmental Research GmbH, Heidelberg
  • Institute for Eco-Industrial Analysis e.V. (IUWA), Heidelberg
  • IZES gGmbH, Saarbrücken
  • Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences, Suderburg
  • Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Berlin
  • University of Stuttgart - Institute of Energy Economics and the Rational Use of Energy (IER), Stuttgart
  • Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Department of Geosciences, Tübingen

Within the research consortium, IZES’ Department ‘Infrastructure and Municipal Development’ is responsible for Subproject 7 ‘Administrative Structures and Change Management’. This Subproject focuses on the active involvement and cooperation of different stakeholder groups at all decision-making levels, on economic effects (including regional value added) as well as on the legislative and policy framework and on administrative structures.

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More information can be found at www.rapid-planning.net.


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01/2014 to 12/2019