Smart cities & city planning

Smart cities and sustainable districts are at the core of a modern, healthy, and prosperous society. Therefore, urban development and real estate projects must build on the challenges of tomorrow.

Smart cities are no utopia, but rely on clever strategies

Our sustainability experts are here to evaluate and manage the impacts of urban spaces on the ecosystem and society.

What is a smart city?

Smart cities, also called sustainable cities, are designed as future-oriented living spaces. Sustainable urban development optimizes the use of resources, reduces waste and emissions, and creates more liveable and inclusive communities. Smart Cities are also mentioned as one of the UN’s sustainable development goals. SDG Number 11 stands for sustainable cities and communities. 

Smart city solutions can be achieved through a range of initiatives. As our team is highly specialized in smart mobility, innovative energy concepts, and urban sustainability solutions, we work on the best solution for you.

How can city planning be sustainable?

Integrating sustainability early on in the development of smart cities and districts creates value, reduces costs, and increases the quality of life. In this regard, we support the real estate sector with concepts for new and sustainable district developments that build on ambitious qualities and objectives.

We also support cities on their way to become more sustainable, resilient, and liveable with a systemic approach and interdisciplinary solutions, combining smart city technology with social innovation. This includes the development, implementation, and monitoring of smart city (or sustainable district or region) strategies and Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAP). 

How cities benefit from becoming more sustainable

Becoming more sustainable as a metropolitan area or urban space brings many benefits for both the city and its residents.

Quality of life

improves as the well-being of residents depends on infrastructure, public transport, natural spaces and other aspects of a green city or sustainable district.

Environmental impact

can be minimized, e.g. by reducing the carbon footprint or conserving natural resources for healthier and resilient living spaces.

Economic performance

can be enhanced as sustainable cities attract investments and businesses and support tourism.


towards flooding, heatwaves and other effects due to climate change is higher in smart cities as they are designed to manage the impact better and recover quicker.

The governance of sustainable cities allows and promotes transparency, participation and co-determination, which leads to more inclusive and equitable communities. The same is possible for a sustainable district.

The world we want to live in the future needs the right action today.

Our sustainable city development services

Based on our experience and holistic approach, we offer a wide range of services that help you to initiate the development of urban space toward a smart city.

Sustainable district development

We work with real estate developers, owners and municipalities on integrating sustainability in district developments right from the beginning, based on ambitious and comprehensive sustainability objectives. This comes with several benefits, such as:

Urban sustainability and energy concepts

We support cities on their way to becoming more sustainable with a systemic approach and interdisciplinary solutions. This also includes the development, implementation, and monitoring of smart city strategies, sustainable energy and climate action plans, and other sustainable city concepts, leading to:

We support you in different stages of your processes and find a strategy that suits your company!


Frequently asked questions on smart cities

Smart cities are planned and developed in a way that enhances the quality of life of its residents and sustainability aspects. The concept of a smart city involves integrating various systems and innovations, such as transportation, energy, healthcare, public safety, and buildings, in order to manage a city’s assets and resources more effectively.

A sustainable city balances social, economic, and environmental needs to create a liveable and resilient urban environment. There are many aspects that make a city sustainable. For example, a sustainable city promotes compact and efficient urbanization that limits urban sprawl. Offering suitable public transportation and walkable communities can be as important as appearing as a green city with natural spaces for wildlife or recreation. Besides ecological aspects, also social sustainability, e.g. safety, healthcare or equal opportunities play an important role in the concept of sustainable cities.

A sustainable district is a geographical area within a city that integrates sustainable practices. It leads to a resilient and liveable community that provides opportunities for participation. The goal is to balance different needs while reducing waste, conserving resources, and improving the quality of life. A sustainable district often includes features such as sustainable real estate, smart mobility concepts, efficient transportation systems, and sustainable energy systems.

The importance of making cities more sustainable is growing as urbanization accelerates, climate change proceeds and the need to preserve resources becomes more pressing. The growth of cities and metropolitan areas leads to an increase in resource consumption and waste production. This puts stress on the environment and biodiversity and makes the effects of climate change more severe. By implementing sustainable practices in cities, we can minimize the environmental impact, make communities more liveable, and secure a better standard of living for present and future generations. Therefore, there is great potential for sustainable city planning and development.

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