Aachen and the Surrounding Area

Engeneering Life Quality for the Future - The City under Global Demographic and Climate Challenges: An Interdisciplinary Assessment of Impacts, Needs, and Strategies.

Our City Under Demographic Challenges

Europe has an aging infrastructure and an aging population. Demographers project that in the EU-25-States by 2050, 30% of the population will be over age 65. An aging workforce and population combined with higher energy prices, environmental concern, and technological changes are likely to transform living and working arrangements.

Our City Under Climate Challenges

Also by 2050, average temperatures are projected to rise by 1 to 2 K, and summers in Central Europe might exhibit prolonged dry periods (IPCC 2007). Combined, Europe can expect enhanced thermal stress and higher levels of particulate matter. The confluence of demographic change, an aging infrastructure, and global warming will overburden European cities. But how to adapt is a crucial question that can only optimally be answered within an interdisciplinary approach.

Our Research Goals

  • identifies the ways micro-climates in the city, health outcomes, and the urban environment are related;
  • assesses the risks individuals face living and working in these conditions;
  • proposes new strategies based on cooperation from the fields of medicine, natural science, demography, sociology, history, civil engineering, and architecture for adapting the city for future needs.

Organized into 3 clusters, City2020+ developed scenarios, options and tools for planning and developing sustainable future city structures.

Our Research Projects

    Change of specification and probability of summer heat waves in urban areas (Mareike Buttstädt)

    The impact of weather types and climate change on particulate matter in the Aachen region (Hendrik Merbitz)

    The effects of barriers in suburban cold air drainage flows (Timo Sachsen)

    Funding The Project City 2020+ project within the interdisciplinary project house HumTec (Human Sciences and Technology) at the RWTH Aachen University is funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments.
    • Mareike Buttstädt M.A.
    • Dr. Gunnar Ketzler
    • Dr. Hendrik Merbitz
    • Dr. Timo Sachsen
    • Prof. Dr. Christoph Schneider
    Cooperation The HumTec-project is an interdisciplinary project of the RWTH. It links the humanities/ social sciences and the engineering/ natural sciences.