The research project WECHSEL explores the spatial dimension of the Energy Transition in Germany, exemplified by the Stuttgart Neckar Valley area.
It examines the chances for a reconfiguration of the existing energy infrastructure in order to harness the potential for a high-quality urban and landscape development alongside the river bank.
The Institute of Urban Planning and Design coordinates the work packages related to urban development along the Neckar.
The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the frame of the social-ecological research with the thematical focus on “Sustainable transformation of urban areas”, linking research, teaching and practice (energy industry, urban development, participation), development of integrated energy-efficient and urban design criteria for scenarios of livable neighbourhoods in the valley of the Neckar in Stuttgart.
The results will be incorporated in the masterplan „Landschaftspark Neckar“ of the state capital Stuttgart.