CIDY – City Center Dynamics Analysis


Current challenges for urban development planning require new tools for supporting decisions. CIDY aims to lay the foundations for a simulation tool for mapping inner-city dynamics on the basis of data on Aachen's inner city. For this purpose, geostatistical analyses will be used to analyze the interrelationships of key success factors for inner cities (e.g. accessibility, mix of uses, turnover, vacancy). The focus will be on pedestrian traffic flows and the related choice of activities, destinations and routes of visitors at the city center.

As a proof-of-concept, CIDY will also develop a simplified model tool for a section of Aachen's city center. CIDY plays an important part for interdisciplinary collaboration and strengthening the profile of the new RWTH Growth Area "Built and Lived Environment" (BLE).


Department of Geography RWTH Aachen, Department of Physical Geography and Climatology:

  • Larissa Böhrkircher, M.Sc.
  • Dr. Gunnar Ketzler
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Leuchner

Chair and Institute of Urban and Transport Planning (ISB) (Coordination):
Prof. Dr. Tobias Kuhnimhof

Geodetical Chair and Institute of Building Informatics and Geoinformation Systems (GIA):
Prof. Dr. Jörg Blankenbach

Chair of Planning Theory and Urban Development (PT):
Prof. Dr. Agnes Förster

Cultural Geography Group (KG):
Prof. Dr. Carmella Pfaffenbach

Chair of Building Typologies and Design Basics (GBL):
Prof. Dr. Anne-Julchen Bernhardt