Future laboratory for mobility and social change


As a central component of a mobility turning point in the state capital Stuttgart, technical innovations of future mobility worlds in interaction with social developments, mobility needs and behavioural patterns are to be tested and examined within the framework of a regulatory experimental space. The aim is to invest in a wide range of sustainable forms of mobility and to discuss solutions together with all relevant stakeholders from society, industry and science.

Research Question

A primary goal of future urban development is to secure individual and social mobility, because mobility is a significant location factor in the competition between metropolitan regions. Furthermore, the goal of future transport and mobility planning must be to make it sustainable and emission-free.


The project is divided into three phases.

  • In Phase 1, the first step is to identify the players that are necessary for the successful development and implementation of sustainable mobility concepts. The different interests and needs are to be brought together, discussed and checked for compatibility and consensus in order to jointly develop application-oriented knowledge and concrete solutions.
  • In phase 2 the developed project ideas are further developed and implemented in a local context. This gives all stakeholders the chance to get involved in the jointly developed idea. The temporary character in a delimited area can support the development of a new participation culture.
  • In phase 3 the implemented projects are to be consolidated. The sustainability of the initiated processes is to be ensured by intensive involvement of all stakeholders. On the basis of the knowledge gained from the implementation and consolidation of activities in the Future Lab, the conditions and obstacles for sustainable mobility in connection with social change can be identified and their transferability will be presented. The aim is to stimulate and promote a discourse in politics, science, industry and society.

Targeted results

The project is intended to link innovations with empirical knowledge and, if possible, to implement them permanently in practice. The aim is to develop a transferable concept that strengthens the polycentric urban region and existing urban structures. In an innovative planning and participation process, the affected actors, companies and citizens, are actively involved in the planning, design and implementation. Processes of urban and regional design are to be made directly accessible to everyone, thus creating participation in the urban region.

ManagementProf. Dr.-Ing. Christina Simon-Philipp
PartnerCity of Stuttgart
FundingFederal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Call for proposalMobilityWerkStadt 2025
Duration01.01.2020–31.12.2020, extended until 31.03.2021


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