using design methods to adapt cities to climate change

and human needs 


»urban:eden is an extremely well-conceived and complex work. The concept combines extensive systems, among others for the filtering and processing of air and rainwater, with a variety of urban infrastructure measures. The development of integrated strategies for reducing the burden on the urban environment will have a considerable influence on future urban planning concepts.«

Prof. em. Günter Horntrich

project video


climate change in cities

+8 degree


300 mio. € 

30-40 times

Cities are hotter than their surrounding area due to the high degree of soil sealing and the resulting urban heat island effect. This is intensified in the wake of climate change.

...people died in Europe from the consequences of the Heatwave in 2003: Especially at night, cities do not cool down and thus pose a health threat. 

...the German insurers paid in 2018 for damages caused by storms and floods.

...a year the Berlin combined sewerage system flows over into the urban rivers during heavy rainfall causing massive fish mortality and water pollution.

solutions in a system


“The refuelling of the civic imagination with regard to urban spaces and their potentials often begins with proposing the seemingly impossible, but presents this as a concrete spatial utopia that can be realised and can manifest itself in the city.” 

Francesca Ferguson, editor of „Make_shift city“ 

integrative design concepts in the field of urban climate adaptation. 

The modern city needs a holistic planning approach, in which different measures in the field of infrastructure are rethought conceptually, operationally and economically.

Design methods promote new interdisciplinary approaches and are used at urban:eden in particular for the modernization of previously dysfunctional and separately planned infrastructures in public spaces. The focus is on the holistic combination of climate adaptation measures, the challenges of city growth and the quality of urban life.



design research

field & user observation


& analysis

Input & 





concept &


Paulina Grebenstein 2019 

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