Joint Research for Sustainable Urban Development and Mobility

Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and Technology is operating a joint research project with Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in Suwon, South Korea. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding this project. Also Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Seoul National University (SNU) in Seoul, South Korea take part in this project.

The research has four main topics:

  • Urban and district development:
    The comprehensive main topic is urban planning that deals with careful development of neighborhoods. Previous cooperation were conducted with "Urban Voids" project between German and Korean universities. In last project urban and district development was a main topic, however in the framework of cooperation other 3 research themes below were also emphasized.
  • Urban compatible mobility:           
    Urban compatible mobility is a connecting point to other topics. In this project, collaboration with South Korea, where their technology is advanced has special potentials for development of systems for the organization and optimization of multimodal and intermodal mobility. In the Urban Voids project, common interests were remarkable in the field of local supply, local mobility, promotion of cycling & pedestrian traffic and the coordinated design of urban street spaces.
    Additionally autonomous driving plays a special role in this project: both the Korean and German cooperation partners are involved in research projects on this theme. In addition to the technical issues, however, joint research and development activities should consider also the effects of autonomous driving in terms of urban and transport planning goals.

  • Handling of heavy rain:        
    Heavy rain are occurring worldwide. With this situation, the question is raising how to deal with the undrained runoff through existing sewage system. As a part of the Urban Voids project, this issue has already engaged in the workshop that professionals planned for the regeneration of the Sangdo4-dong. Workshop participants led to various design approaches for the streets. Now we are trying to different approaches to realize it in R&D projects of both countries.

  • Sustainable energy supply, potential of hydrogen energy:
    Energy supply and its sustainable design are placing on a high priority in both countries. In addition to the supply of buildings with heating and electrical, there is also an increasing focus on energy for the mobility sector as well as the decentralized generation and use of renewable energy.
    In the field of mobility, much of countries are strongly prompting electric vehicles, but due to the still limited ranges, the charging time and supplying charging infrastructures are still controversial. There is also great potential in hydrogen- and fuel-cell-based drives, but here, too, acceptance among customers is still manageable.
    A comprehensive consideration of regenerative, decentralized energy generation in the context of urban planning and mobility is therefore, another focus of GEFONAS.

The goal of GEFONAS in the coming years is to network project partners in Germany and South Korea, to develop, product research ideas. In addition, we aim to collaborate on research and development work in the context of funded projects.

Further information

Further information about "Urban Voids"

Universities involved: