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HFT Stuttgart and iCity at the Urban Future Conference

Wednesday, 21 – Friday, 23 June 2023

Actively shaping climate competence and sustainability

The Urban Future Conference will take place this year in Stuttgart. It is the most important conference for experts, politicians, entrepreneurs and executives dealing with sustainability issues, mobility, energy, real estate, public transport, housing, urban planning, technology and public administration. CityChangers from all over the world tell how they are bringing about change, accelerating it, and what mistakes are still being made in the process. They provide impulses and concrete examples of how our cities should be made more sustainable and thus fit for the future.

Approximately 3,000 participants are expected, with over 100 sessions, workshops, seminars and excursions taking place over three days. The HFT Stuttgart will be represented with various topics:


Thurs., June 22, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Iris Belle, Dean of Studies for the Master's program in Smart City Solutions, will give a lecture together with project partners on the topic: "Overwhelming: What to do with all that innovation? How cities (should) deal with all those new mobility options".

The pace of innovation in the mobility sector is astronomically fast. It is almost impossible to keep track of all the new solutions that are introduced in one day alone. New companies are emerging, new services are being developed, and cities are having a (very) hard time keeping up with this pace, let alone reacting and acting. Meanwhile, there exists a universe full of digital solutions, sharing of all kinds of offers, micromobility, mobility on demand, last mile solutions, autonomous systems and much more. Prof. Belle's session will give impulses on how cities can deal with this high amount of innovations, which solutions they should prioritize and whether it is worth pushing new offers or whether they should be better regulated.

Venue: Haus der Wirtschaft, Bertha Benz Hall


Fri, June 23, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
"Streetmoves4iCity: Mobility Change in the Neighborhood: A Transdisciplinary Perspective for MoreUrbanSpace and Quality of Life"
Jan-Timo Malte Ort, Academic Assistant Urban Planning Program
Muhammad Alfakhori, Academic Assistant Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics Program
Jan Silberer, Academic Assistant Business Psychology Program
Martin Schneider, Academic Assistant Building Physics Program.

The transdisciplinary investigation of the mobility shift in the neighborhood is shown in Stuttgart's Leonhardsvorstadt with the IBA project 'Neue Mitte Leonhardsvorstadt' (the project neighborhood of 'Streetmoves4iCity') and can be experienced on site through a performative AR/VR application. From the perspectives of acceptance research, urban planning, acoustics and geoinformatics, potentials for an increase of quality of life and urban space through a different mobility behavior are explored, while novel, digital participation tools are developed. The direct participation of the daily population and an involvement in ongoing planning projects puts alternative future scenarios in direct relation to everyday reality and upcoming changes in the neighborhood.

Meeting point and arrival: Hans-im-Glück-Brunnen, Geißstraße 7, 70173 Stuttgart, Germany.


At the conference there will be the lounge of the HFT Stuttgart, where the projects 'iCity' and 'Plan G' will present themselves.

Publish date: 21. June 2023 By Bettina Laser ()