City Indicator Project

Energieeffizientes und nachhaltiges Planen und Bauen

25 cities from all around the world. How sustainable are they really?
What does the sustainable city of the future look like?

With the help of key performance indicators, each team has researched the status quo of a city in different sectors: urban planning, green infrastructure, mobility, energy, water, and waste. Besides those criteria, they also looked into crucial aspects such as environmental quality, climate hazards and disaster risk, health, education, happiness, equality, or governance.
Their vision: how to achieve sustainable development that provides both quality of life for all and a positive ecological footprint.

This exhibition of 25 posters was the final event of a course that is formed by a lecture series and three seminars according to the different master studies: 1) Sustainable Architecture, Urban and Landscape Planning – Resource Efficient and Sustainable Building (RNB), Architecture (AR), and Engineering Ecology (IÖ); 2) Sustainable Design in an Urban Context –Environmental Engineering (UI); and 3) System Effect and Interdependencies of Sustainable Planning –Civil Engineering (BI).
The lecture series presented the essential approaches of sustainable architecture, urban and landscape planning. Each week a new topic was introduced by expert guest lecturers representing various TUM departments. Such topics form a holistic view of planning sustainable environments. Their intersections and interactions are crucial when investigating complex urban ecosystems. These interdependencies must be considered if we want to fundamentally change the way we design architecture, urban spaces, and landscapes.
During the seminar, this knowledge was applied to the specific case of each city. The selected cities presented a variety of conditions such as different climate zones, level of exposure to disasters, population sizes, governmental regimes, and level of income, which provided a comprehensive view of our built environment on a global scale. Through research and critical evaluation, each team assessed the present situation and formulated a vision for their city. In short, the course intended to discover what it takes to create the sustainable city of the future.

25 cities worlwide
Map with all cities within the project
Slideshow City Indicator Project
Video with an overview of all 25 posters