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Cooperation with the LIG Landesbetrieb Immobilienmanagement und Grundvermögen

The "LIG Project" is a cooperation between the State Authority for Real Estate Management and Land Properties  (Landesbetrieb Immobilienmanagement und Grundvermögen - LIG) and the CityScienceLab in the field of data-based strategic land and urban development. The HCU CityScienceLab supports the LIG as a scientifically creative partner in the agile and spontaneous development of innovative services and processes that go beyond the procedures established in the LIG and address previously unknown needs. In experimental-explorative research and development projects, new tools and methods for the visualization and analysis of urban data in the context of strategic land and urban development are developed for the LIG.

Partner

Landesbetrieb Immobilienmanagement und Grundvermögen (LIG)

Project Duration

October 2019 – April 2021 

Contact

Nicola Stradtmann

OCTOPI: Open City Toolkit for Interactive Planning in Integrated Urban Development

The Open City Tookit for interactive planning in integrated urban development is a cooperation with Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in India and Ecuador. Further partners are the municipal administrations in Ecuador and India, local tech companies and universities. It started in autumn 2019 and runs for 1.5 years.

The Open City Toolkit is a web-based geographic information system for multi-touchtables that is optimised for the use by non-GIS-experts. It supports integrated and participatory urban planning processes around the world, fostering dialogue between governments and citizens and exchange of knowledge and data between government departments.

The software for this project is based entirely on open-source-components (GRAS GIS and GeoServer for the spatial calculations and analyses in the background, Node.js and Angular für the user interface and internal communication between the systems) and will be made available as open-source-software. The components of the Open City Toolkit are the hardware, a standard software package, a manual and an interaction guide for workshops.

The Open City Toolkit is being piloted in two cities: 1. Bhubaneswar, India and 2. Latacunga, Ecuador. It is tailored to the local planning requirements of these two pilot cities, but at the same time offers open interfaces for the development of further functionalities in new contexts.

In Bhubaneswar, many people are living in slums and the local government would like to use the open city toolkit to identify land for the construction of affordable housing. In Latacunga, parts of the city are exposed to high risk from the Cotopaxi volcano and the local government wants to use the open city toolkit to develop collective solutions for volcanic risk governance. In both cases, the Open City Toolkit will support participatory decision-making and consolidation of data from various city departments.

Sponsor

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Partner

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, municipal administrations in Ecuador and India, local tech companies and universities

Project Duration

October 2019 – March 2021

Contact

Lisa Reudenbach

Curating (in) the City. New Challenges for Urban Art

Contemporary curatorial practice no longer takes place only in classical art spaces such as galleries, museums or theatres, but instead intervenes into public urban spaces. What becomes particularly evident in the light of these expansions of the curatorial is a shift in the conditions and mechanisms that determine how contemporary public art is produced and how it impacts society today. Accordingly, the research project will analyse the fundamental transformations that lead to an expansion of the curatorial with regard to the production of contemporary public art. On the basis of three international case studies, the research project investigates the specific actors‘ constellations and modes of organization that lead to specific (institutional) forms of cooperation and organization (1). Secondly, it examines the working methods of contemporary curators. It is to be examined to what extent the requirements and working activities of the curators converge with the changes in the field of art (2). Thirdly, the relation between curatorial practices and attempts to establish new public spheres are critically analysed.

The aim is to deliver a detailed analysis on the one hand of the observable intersections of art production and urban culture, on the other hand of the shift from education to the assembly of new publics. The new challenges of urban art production lead to a practice of ‘curating (in) the city’, which has to be analysed in its function for the production of art specifically in the city as well as for the creation of urban culture.

Sponsor

funded by the German Research Association DFG – ZI 1627/3-1

Project Duration

01.04.2019 - 31.03.2022

Contact

Vanessa WeberGesa Ziemer

PaCOMM: Partizcipation collaborative and multimedia

Digital public participation has become a fixed format in democratic societies. Although early, comprehensive, and transparent involvement is key for successful planning processes, there are only a few encouraging experiments of multimedia participation approaches. Existing ones are often not tailored to the needs of the citizens. The application of different forms of representations, such as thematic maps, diagrams, aerial photographs, videos, and animations so far is only used isolated.

This project addresses this issue by developing application-specific integrative solutions. Besides CityScopes, we primarily rely on mixed reality approaches via smartphone, tablet and Head-Mounted-Displays, as they can improve spatial imagination and create experiences that are sharable in real-time. Following the goal to create an intuitive and accessible application that appeals equally to young technophile users as well as older generations, gamification elements will be introduced into the process, too.

Since increasing citizen contributions exceed the evaluation capacity of planning offices, procedures of Machine Learning or Natural Language Processing assist in extracting relevant core statements quickly. In the long term, PaKOMM contributes to more transparent, effective and efficient decision-making in collaborative participation processes.

Sponsor

Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research and Equality (BWFG)

Partner

g2lab (Lab for Geoinformatics and Geovisualization, HCU Hamburg) und FTZ Digital Reality, HAW Hamburg

Project Duration

2020 - 2023

Contact

Hilke Berger

GRACIO

In 2019, a competition will take place for the design of a new district: Grasbrook. Located to the south of Hamburg's HafenCity in the northeast part of Kleiner Grasbrook, an area currently dominated by a large warehouse and light harbor industry, the new district should be a home for innovation – a model for a lively mix of offices and housing. To achieve this, competing design firms will need to able to test, iterate, and adapt their designs over the course of the competition. The main aim of the Gracio project is to support this process. Using methods and tools for digital urban research, the HCU CityScienceLab will create an interactive city model for Grasbrook. The model, called a CityScope, will be used to support planning and decision-making in panel discussions, to visualize complex spatial and social contexts of the project, and to model development scenarios based on important urban planning qualities (e.g. mobility and accessibility, energy consumption, and air pollution).

Sponsor

 

Behörde für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Gleichstellung (BWFG)

Project Duration

November 2018 - 15. November 2020 (24 Monate)

Contact

Julia SievertDr. Jesús López Baeza and Aleksandra Sliusarenko

MICADO

Today, migration is part of the urban reality and confronts cities and municipalities with the challenge of organising the arrival process in a way that highlights and supports the positive effects of migration. By using new technologies of data analysis and data integration on the one hand and easily accessible audio-visual interfaces on the other, MICADO will provide a technical solution to make arrival and participation processes more efficient. These systems should facilitate communication with and between local authorities and facilitate access to relevant information.

The user-oriented data services, which integrate both local and regional as well as national migration-related information, focus on the four areas of work, education, housing and health and the three target groups of migrants, local authorities and initiatives in the field of migration. The services will be developed and tested in co-creative processes in cooperation with the target groups.

MICADO is part of the EU research programme Horizon 2020 and is coordinated by the CityScienceLab of the HCU Hamburg. The consortium consists of 15 partners from five EU countries, including research institutes, public institutions and companies.

Sponsor

Europäische Kommission Horizon 2020

Project Duration

01.01.2019 – 30.06.2022

Partner

Hamburg - Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg (FHH), Landesbetrieb Geoinformation (LGV), Hamburgisches Weltwirtschaftsinstitut (HWWI)

Antwerpen - University of Antwerp (CeMIS), City of Antwerp (OCMW), Atlas Integratie & Inburgering Antwerp (ATL), Digipolis (DIG)

Bologna - University of Bologna (UNIBO), Citta di Bologna (ASP), CSI Piemonte

Madrid - Illustre Colegio Nacional de Doctores y Licensiados en Ciencias Politicas y Sociologia (CPS), Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid (URJC), Direccion General de Servicios Sociales e Integracion Social-Consejeria de Politica Social y Familia de la Communidad de Madrid (DGSSIS)

Vienna - Technical University of Vienna/ SimLab (TUW), SYNYO GmbH Vienna (SYN)

Contact

Dr. Jan Barski

CoSI: The Cockpit Social Infrastructure

When planning urban and social infrastructure, decision-making processes by public actors/administrators are often lengthy and rely on heterogeneous datasets in incomplete databases. The planning process, especially the definition of planning goals/needs, is often delayed due to time-consuming data procurement and assessment processes.

The Cockpit Social Infrastructure (CoSI) is a digital analysis and planning tool, which bundles, visualizes and integrates statistical and georeferenced data to planners of social infrastructure in identifying needs and accelerating planning processes, by means of an easily accessible user interface.

For this purpose, the database structures built up by the Urban Data Platform of the City of Hamburg were used to establish a GIS-based web application, which provides planners with analytical functions to identify socio-demographic relationships to recognize trends, and to determine relationships between the existing infrastructure and the relevant target groups. In the following, we describe how the tool can be used to identify locations and potentials for infrastructure development. The results of these analyses can be visualized and exported directly from CoSI and used as a basis for decision-making and discussion. The workflow follows a three-step logic from the visualization of data, through the analysis, i.e. the contextual linking of information, to the simulation of the effects of potential measures.

CoSI has been designed in an agile process in close cooperation with the urban planners of the Quartiersinitiative Urbanes Leben (QuL) working group since 2018 and was transferred to a pilot in January 2020, which is now in active operation citywide. Thanks to the intensive cooperation, the project is met with a predominantly positive response within the administration and is expected to be further developed in coordination with the UDH and CUT projects from 2021 onwards. It will be enhanced with prognostic and simulation features to make the rich urban data we have available for social and sustainable urban development.

Sponsor

Bezirksamt Hamburg-Nord

Partner

Landesbetrieb Geoinformation und Vermessung Hamburg, Bezirksamt Hamburg-Nord, Senatskanzlei Hamburg / Amt für IT und Digitalisierung

Project Duration

2018 - 2020

Contact

Daniel Schulz

City Science Summit (1.081 Zeichen)

On October 1st, 2019, the 3rd international City Science Summit took place for the first time in Hamburg at the CityScienceLab, HafenCity University Hamburg, in cooperation with the MIT Media Lab. Previous venues were Andorra and Shanghai.

The two-day international conference on digital urban research focused on sustainable solutions for the city of the (digital) future. The conference was opened with a keynote speech by the internationally renowned architect Lord Norman Foster on the informal development of urban agglomerations. Following the kick-off event in the Elbphilharmonie, around 500 participants exchanged views on sustainable strategies for future urban development against the background of digitisation, including the following topics: Mobility of the future, modern citizen participation and digital city models. The guiding motto "Cities without" plays with the negation as a positive figure of thought. How, for example, could traffic function without cars, administration without bureaucracy, economy without money, education without schools, or participation without barriers? On the second day of the conference, these and other topics were explored in greater depth in individual sessions and workshops.

Partners

City Science group, Media Lab,  MIT  | ahoi.digital – The alliance of Hamburg universities for computer science

Project Duration

2019

Sponsors

ahoi.digital, German Research Foundation, Hamburger Hochbahn AG, Hamburg Port Authority, ' Lebendige Stadt' Foundation, Europe-Center – Uwe Heinrich Suhr Foundation

Urban Data Hub (since 2017)

Currently, city administration uses different systems, which work independently of each other to fulfil specialized tasks. Therefore, the full and overall evaluation of complex issues as well as the fast implementation of measures are naturally tortuous, redundant and personnel-intensive processes of coordination and data collection. The extensive interlinking of systems requires an appropriate data infrastructure to effectively introduce digital technology in a modern city. In a smart city, without the linking of data through an urban platform the services and applications cannot be implemented effectively.

The Urban Data Hub is an ongoing co-operation project between the CityScienceLab and the LGV which, as a competence centre, focusses on the development of an Urban Platform as a central data hub for Hamburg. Through the integration and interlinking of standardized data and web services it provides gathered urban data, thereby ensuring that diverse user groups benefit from it. 

Within the framework of this project the task of the CityScienceLab concentrates on the scientific monitoring, including the investigation of development needs and the prototypical realization of City-Cockpits.

Sponsor

Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Project Duration

01.08.2017 – 01.08.2020

Partner

LGV

Contact

Till Degkwitz

Baltic City Science Network (since 2017)

Goal of the Baltic City Science Network is the initiation of research cooperation in the field of digital city analysis and design. By means of participatory workshops and interactive tools it aims to build awareness of the activity, innovation and practices around the use of digital tools in order to collaboratively meet challenges in urban development. Moreover, the network intends to promote cooperation, knowledge exchange as well as joint projects in the Baltic Region.

The Baltic City Science Network comprises research travels of CSL representatives to six universities in the Baltic Sea Region to carry out focus group workshops with invited experts in the field of Cultural Studies, Urban Development, ICT and Architecture. 

Sponsor

Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Project Duration

1 December 2017 - 30 November 2019

Partner

Aalto University, Tallinn University of Technology

Contact

Holger Prang


Cities4People (2017 - 2020)

Cities4People covers five European cities and municipalities: Budapest in Hungary and Trikala in Greece, the district of Oxfordshire in Great Britain and the Istanbul district of Üsküdar in Turkey. In Hamburg’s district Altona (Neue Mitte Altona and neighboring areas) the project aims to set up mobility communities, which will not only include citizens but also public authorities, transport and mobility providers and innovation experts. The participation focuses on a people-oriented approach to traffic and mobility (People-Oriented Transport and Mobility = POTM) and therefore relies on the development and supply of appropriate structures and instruments that allow the communities to actively design local mobility systems. In Hamburg, Cities4People is jointly managed by the CityScienceLab and the Department of Urban Planning and Regional Development at HafenCity University.  

Sponsor

European Commission – Horizon 2020

Partners

- Copenhagen Business School
- Oxfordshire County Council
- University College London Institute of Health Equity
- Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (Altona District Authority, office of the senate Hamburg)
- HafenCity University
- Stichting Waag Society
- White Research
- KTI Institute for Transport Sciences
- City of Budapest
- municipality Üsküdar
- University of Istanbul
- E-Trikala
- Q-Plan International 

Project Duration

01.06.2017 - 30.05.2020

Contact

André Landwehr

More Information

Cities4People-Webseite

DIPAS: Digital Participation System (since 2017)

The CityScope tool is to be developed into a digital participation system for urban development projects. For this purpose, the Hamburg Authority for Urban Development and Housing (BSW), the office for geoinformation and land surveying (LGV) and the HafenCity University joined forces in the realm of a joint research and development project. The core objective of the project is to merge the online participation tool of the city of Hamburg with the city model CityScope, developed by the CitySciene Lab, and to expand it to an integrated, digital participation system (DIPAS) that can be used online and on-site. With DIPAS, for the first time, an application for informal citizen participation in planning is developed without discontinuity of media.  

In the co-operation project, the CSL is undertaking the scientific accompaniment, knowledge processing and development of analysis scenarios.

Sponsor and Partner

BSW & LGV

Contact

Holger Prang

More Information

Information from the BSW

Digital Platform ahoi.digital (since 2017)

BWFG

Within the overall strategy of the digital city the senate of Hamburg and the Universities (UHH, TUHH, HAW) in cooperation with the CSL plan to realize the IT platform „ahoi.digital“. To strengthen IT excellence, it creates a computer science hub which has the potential to systematically increase the capacity of information technology. In this sense, the thematic focus of the newly developed structures and projects lies on: Cognitive Learning Systems, Smart Systems/ Cyberphysical Systems, Information Governance and Data Science.

Digital Platform Hamburg ahoi.digital: Hamburg's universities want to strategically expand their digitalization and information technology capacities. Structures and projects under the following themes are to be developed:

- Cognitive Learning Systems
- Smart Systems / Cyberphysical Systems
- Information Governance
- Data Science

Sponsor

Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg & Federal Government

Partners

TUHH, HAW, University of Hamburg 

Contact

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Rainer Noennig

More Information (in German)

„Hamburg soll Top-Informatikstandort werden“

SmartSquare (2017-2020)

Jens Bley

The data-oriented inventorying, analysis and exemplary modelling of Hamburg's cathedral square is intended to provide an integrated, smart service-model for the revitalization of the currently unused location. A methodology is developed to "survey" squares, which leads to the implementation of smart services into small-scale structures.

Sponsor

BMBF

Partner

Stiftung Helms-Museum / Archaeological Museum Hamburg, Hamburg@work, eCulture.info

Project Duration

01.03.2017 - 29.02.2020

Contact

Nicola Stradtmann

More Information (in German)

Smart Square

Guest Research Program (since 2016)

The guest research program "City of the Future" for city research by the ZEIT Foundation at the HCU provides a one-week stay for scholars and experts as well as fellowships over a period of three months for international researchers and postdocs working at the CityScienceLab.

The guest researchers who have worked at the CSL are listed on our team page.

Sponsor

ZEIT Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius

Project Duration

Three years

Contact

Marie Malchow

FindingPlaces (2016)

Finding Places was a cooperation project of the HafenCity University and the City of Hamburg. In the period from May 26thto July 15th2016 the people of Hamburg were – in numerous participatory workshops at CityScopes – searching for public areas suitable for the construction of accommodation for refugees. The task: to find areas which allow the accommodation of 20,000 refugees in total. 

The workshops were moderated by STEG Hamburg (Stadterneuerungs- und Stadtentwicklungsgesellschaft Hamburg) and scientifically monitored by the CityScienceLab. Furthermore, representatives of the district authorities as well as of the Central Coordination Committee Refugees Hamburg (ZKF) supported the discussions with their expertise.

During the workshops, almost 400 participants proposed specific areas and extensively discussed advantages and disadvantages. 161 commented proposals were sent to the city and checked within 14 days. The results were then published on the FindingPlaces-website as well as in a leaflet.

The project aimed to encourage a city-wide dialogue on how and where to find accommodation for a large group of refugees arriving in Hamburg. At the same time, it showcased the complexity of planning processes and thus helped develop an increased acceptance within the civil society. This led to a rewarding combination of the participants’ local knowledge and the expertise of the authorities and science. The participatory workshops not only led to the discussion of specific locations, but rather encouraged a discourse in the context of different interests (living / industry / maintenance) and legal planning requirements. 

Sponsor

Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Partner

Office of the senate, ZKF, STEG Hamburg 

Contact

Marie Malchow

More Information

Project Website (in German)

Results brochure (in English)

The Port City Model (PCM) is a project that investigates multimodal land transportation related to cruise tourism, focusing on comfort and efficiency from the user perspective. To do so, it combines data analysis and visualization with simulation of future scenarios. The outcome of the project is a software tool running on an interactive hardware platform that simplifies decision-making and facilitates dialogue among the stakeholders involved in the optimization of cruise passenger routes planning as well as affecting other port and port-related processes. This paper offers a description of the project with special focus on Agent-Based simulations. More specifically, the project studies the most frequent flows and routes in the city of Hamburg, where cruise tourism is strongly related to its Central Train Station, since a great amount of passengers arrive to the city by train. Due to its size and the vast affluence of people, Hamburg Central Station is a major challenge spot in multimodal land transportation related to cruise tourism, especially regarding orientation and perception of spatial quality of incoming cruise passengers on their way to their respective cruise terminals. Aiming to enhance comfort and efficiency through testing alternative mobility scenarios, this work acknowledges that the potential optimization of any port and port-related mobility process constitutes a major priority, and improvement to itself and to the entire harbour system.

Förderer

Hamburg Port Authority (HPA)

Projektlaufzeit

October 2018 - July 2019 (10 Monate)

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