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CityScienceLab, a cooperation with the MIT Media Lab

The CityScienceLab at the HafenCity University Hamburg investigates the urban challenges in the era of digitalization in cooperation with partners from civil society, politics, economy, and science. It pursues an inter- and transdisciplinary perspective by linking technical issues with social and cultural developments (more details team). 

To contribute to making future cities more livable and efficient, the CityScienceLab develops digital city models– so-called CityScopes – on the basis of comprehensive urban data. CityScopes help visualize and simulate complex urban development processes (more details research and teaching).

The city-state of Hamburg is the ‘living lab’ in which urban transformations are being investigated and new solutions are developed all the way up to the level of urban applications. As well the CityScienceLab has a close cooperation with the City Science Group of the MIT Media Lab (Cambridge/USA). Furthermore the research network of the CityScienceLab includes different partner from civil society, academic and private sector (more details cooperations).  

The project FindingPlaces, as a participative searching for refugees accommodation, started in May 2016 and won afterwards the Good Practice Award from the URBACT-Program of the EU.

This have been the beginning of more innovative research projects at the CityScienceLab in context of urban digitalisation with topics like digital participation, urban data platform or e-culture (more about the projects).

History

The CityScienceLab is founded at HafenCityUniversity Hamburg in 2015 supported by the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg as a new research department to investigate the digitalisation in cities. The Lab is a cooperation with the Media Lab of the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge/USA. The president of HafenCity University, Dr.-Ing. Walter Pelka, and the director of the MIT Media Lab, Joichi Ito, signed the arrangement in the townhall of Hamburg in 2015. The former major of Hamburg Olaf Scholz and vice major Katharina Fegebank joined this signment. 

The project FindingPlaces, as a participative searching for refugees accommodation, started in May 2016 and won afterwards the Good Practice Award from the URBACT-Program of the EU. 

This have been the beginning of more innovative research projects at the CityScienceLab in context of urban digitalisation with topics like digital participation, urban data platform or e-culture (more about the projects). 

Das Projekt FindingPlaces zur partizipativen Flächensuche von Flüchtlingsunterkünften in Hamburg wird im Mai 2016 eröffnet und gewinnt nach Abschluss den Good Practice Award des URBACT-Programms der EU.

Dies ist der Auftakt für viele weitere innovative Forschungsprojekte am CityScienceLab, etwa zu den Themen digitaler Partizipation, urbanen Plattformen und E-Culture im Kontext der Digitalisierung von Städten (mehr zu Projekten).

Contact

HafenCity University Hamburg
- CityScienceLab -
Überseeallee 16
D-20457 Hamburg
csl(at)hcu-hamburg.de

You will find the CityScienceLab in Room E 007 on the ground floor / foyer, to the left of the large staircase.

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