Green City of the Future – climate change-resilient neighbourhoods in a growing city

Project duration

Definition phase: 01.05.2017 - 30.04.2018 (completed)
Research and development phase: 01.10.2018 - 30.09.2021 (completed)
Implementation phase: 01.12.2021 - 30.04.2024

Funding organization

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (grant number 01LR1727A)

Project partners

  • TUM:

      Institute of Energy Efficient and Sustainable Design and Building (Coordination) 
      Chair of Strategic Landscape Planning and Management [1]

  • City of Munich: 

      Department of Climate and Environment Protection - Environmental Protection Division [2]
Department of Urban Planning and Building - Urban Planning Division [3]

Brief summary

The aim of the joint project is to support cities in achieving their long-term climate policy goals and to promote the development of climate-resilient neighborhoods. In addition to the further development of existing climate protection and climate adaptation strategies, against the backdrop of climate change, the focus is primarily on the consideration of green and open spaces, which are under extreme pressure due to rising population figures.

To this end, the impact of green adaptation measures will be investigated on the basis of models - both for urban climate and water balance as well as for energy efficiency and sustainability in existing buildings. The integration of qualitative research approaches from a social and economic perspective as well as participatory approaches makes it possible to improve the quality of life for residents as well as economic feasibility.  

Implementation and consolidation phase

The project has been in the implementation and consolidation phase since December 2021. The aim of "Green City of the Future II" is to transfer the knowledge gained in the R&D phase into practice:

On the one hand, so-called "mainstreaming" is intended to achieve an early and thus effective integration of climate adaptation and climate protection aspects into planning practice. To this end, competition processes in the city of Munich are accompanied by research and practice partners and urban working principles for urban and urban land-use planning procedures are developed with regard to climate adaptation and climate protection. These were summarized in a "Guide for urban planning/landscape planning competitions". In addition to questions on how green and blue infrastructure measures can be taken into account in designs and competition procedures and what responsibility the competition participants bear for this, the guide also provides information on the ideal time for integration. The "Instructions for urban planning/landscape planning competitions" including the appendices can be found here (only available in german).

On the other hand, "Capacity Building" develops application-oriented training courses and assistance for the holistic and integrative implementation of climate adaptation and climate protection measures in exchange with practitioners. The associated formats are designed for self-study and interaction in groups and are aimed primarily at planning practitioners, as well as representatives from the (housing) industry and civil society. You will find the information sheets, checklists and guidelines at (only available in german).

Presentation of the results

In a final conference on November 6, 2023, the four project partners presented their results and discussed together with city representatives and experts how a climate-resilient future can be achieved in growing cities. A short summary of the event can be found here

Here you can download the presentations shown during the event (only available in german):

Further information on the earlier phases of the project can be found here.



  •  Sandra Feder
  •  Student assistants: Marion Schiffer, Selina Möbius, Gina Fehringer

Former researchers:

  • Prof. Dr. Simone Linke 
  • Doris Bechtel
  • Kathrin Theilig
  • Priscila Stark

Further links

Green city of the future - completed project phases
Green city of the future - work packages
Green City of the Future - living labs
Green City of the Future - Publications and downloads