Attractive places in rural areas


As part of the digital@bw digitization offensive of the state of Baden-Württemberg, HFT Stuttgart, one of the leading universities in Germany in the field of 3D developments, had worked with LGL on the Smart Villages project to transfer the "Smart Cities" concept to small and medium-sized municipalities through the development of 3D web platform.

Research Question

Smart City is a term that has been used since the 2000s to summarize technology-based changes and innovations in urban spaces. The idea of the smart city goes hand in hand with the harnessing of digital technologies and at the same time represents a response to the economic, social and political challenges facing our society. The focus here is on dealing with environmental pollution, demographic change, population growth or resource scarcity. The term also includes non-technological innovations that aim to contribute to better and sustainable urban living. These include, for example, the concepts of sharing (share economy) or citizen participation in (large-scale) construction projects.

However, the Smart Cities concept is usually applied to the urban area but rural areas are also confronted with same problems. The aim of the Smart Villages project is therefore to extend the Smart City approach to small and medium-sized municipalities, taking into account the special circumstances of rural areas. The focus is on planning for investment projects, with which, for example, the Development Program for Rural Areas (Entwicklungsprogramm Ländlicher Raum - ELR) to promote the sustainable, integrated development of municipalities



The aim of the project is to transfer the "Smart Cities" approach to small and medium-sized municipalities, taking into account the special conditions of rural areas - on the basis of three scenarios - as preparatory work for a later nationwide general use.  The use cases are to be integrated and visualized on the basis of the 3D models visualized on the basis of the 3D models.

1. Building models (3D planning, BIM models) for municipal planning.

2. Connection between the 3D city models with sensors and real-time visualization for evaluating dynamic sensor measurement results. Also, their presentation and utilization for science, administration and citizens.

3. Linking of traffic  (bicycle, public transport, car) and its impact on infrastructural facilities.


In Smart Villages project, 3D terrain and 3D building models were integrated in the 3D web platform, planned (construction)-measures have been integrated, and networking with sensor data was realized. This will make city planning more readable and experienceable for community representatives and the population.

You can see the 3D web platform here:

Integration in Storymap of  Wüstenrot municipality:


ManagementProf. Dr. Volker Coors
PartnerLGL (State Office for Geoinformation and Land Development)
Project e-mail
Duration01.07.2018 – 31.12.2020


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Akademischer Mitarbeiter+49 711 8926 2549 2/281