1. Energy Transformation – Are we Making Progress?

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    by Teagan Wernicke

    Everyone involved in the “Energy Transformation in Dialogue” project has been very busy over the past few months – from making new educational videos to conducting tours and even being invited to speak on TV shows. Keep reading to learn more about what we’ve been up to and how you can get involved with our project in the future.

    The project Energy Transformation in Dialogue, which started in the summer of 2018, works towards involving community members and groups such as city administrators, local businesses, students, and organizations in the process of a sustainable energy transition in Germany. If you haven’t heard of us before, you can read more about the project here. But for now, let’s take a look at what has been happening so far in 2020!

    In February, we released a new educational video called “Energy Transformation under Investigation”, which you can watch here. The video is only in German, but an adaptation in English as a comic strip will soon be available to download from our website. In the video, you can learn about how scientists use indicators to assess whether goals related to various aspects of sustainability and the energy transition will be met by 2020 and 2050. It’s exciting to see how scientific research can become understandable for everyone by using a simple traffic light system to show progress. We hope you enjoy the video, and feel free to give us your feedback and ideas for new videos!

    Also in February, the organization Viva con Agua hosted a large event, inviting club members from various cities in the region to Karlsruhe. Viva con Agua aims to foster the global provisioning of clean water for everyone. Against this background, we took this opportunity to lead participants on a tour through the Oststadt region of Karlsruhe, discussing topics such as the sustainable development of the energy system. If you’re interested, you can read more about the tour here.

    At the end of January, we participated in a roundtable discussion on the topic of district heating in Karlsruhe that was organized by Fossil Free Karlsruhe. Aside from us, representatives from the city council, energy providers (Stadtwerke and EnBW), and businesses such as the German Agency for Geothermal Energy (Deutsche Erdwärme) and the Karlsruhe Energy and Climate Protection Agency (Karlsruher Energie- und Klimaschutzagentur) as well as other community groups were involved in the event. Currently, Karlsruhe has an extensive district heating system that provides heat for households and buildings around the city. Up to now, the heat source for this system has been waste heat that is recovered from power plants that are fueled by coal and natural gas. However, as fossil fuels are being phased out and these power plants will no longer be used in the near future, an alternative source of heat for the district heating system needs to be found. This topic was discussed extensively at the roundtable event. After much deliberation, the participants suggested using biogas as an alternative heat source. This gas could be produced from biological waste and compost collected from households around the city. 

    In related news, we’re currently creating another educational video that will clearly explain how district heating systems operate as well as various options for renewable energy sources through which the heat can be provided in order to make the systems more sustainable. This and another video about the role of sustainable development and justice in the energy sector, specifically the topic of closing the gender pay gap for employees in this sector, will be released soon. Keep an eye out for new videos on our website!

    “Sonnenstand” is the name of another project on which we are currently collaborating with the organization Fossil Free Karlsruhe and their initiative Faktor2. For this project, we are working to increase the amount of solar energy produced in Karlsruhe by encouraging more citizens to install solar panels (photovoltaic systems). We’re using the Oststadt neighborhood as an experimental space. In the future, we plan to host an event where experts will inform community members about topics such as leasing your roof, installing solar panels yourself, and much more. By providing this unique opportunity for people like you to meet and discuss with experts in the solar energy industry, we hope that more people will be encouraged to produce solar power from their own home.  

    Last but not least, one of our project leaders, Dr. Volker Stelzer, was on TV at the beginning of March. The television show “Planet Wissen” (Planet Knowledge) invited Volker Stelzer on the air as one of two experts to share his knowledge about the progress Germany has made so far in implementing the energy transition. Though the program is only available in German, you can watch the entire episode here to learn more about how Germany is working to achieve the goals of the energy transition as quickly as possible.

    As you can see, we’ve been very busy over the past few months involving members of the community in the energy transition through online communication, tours, and group discussions. Stay up-to-date with our upcoming events by visiting our website or following us on Instagram. Coming soon: we will provide a virtual tour on our Instagram where you can learn more about energy transformation!

    A huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in our events, and we hope you participate again in the future! In the meantime, stay healthy!

  2. The Basics of Sustainable Travel

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    Summer is coming soon and we have to come up with holiday planning! Sightseeing in London for a weekend, enjoying the sun on short holidays in Mallorca or should it rather be Sydney with the family for two weeks? But wait – are there perhaps more sustainable options?

    Nearby or far away – active or relaxed – beach, mountains or party mile, nowadays our range of options is almost endless. We can fly within a very short time from one side of the globe to the other; low-cost airlines make that more and more affordable. Great, right?

    Unfortunately tourism and unlimited mobility have also their dark sides. Emissions, environmental pollution, poverty and resource conflicts – air traffic is responsible for up to 10% of climate change. Unspoilt alpine landscapes vanish in consequence of mass tourism; cruise ships release vast amounts of harmful substances into the oceans. But how can we do better? How is conscious, environmentally friendly travel possible? In the following passages you will find crucial tips, the basics of sustainable travel so to say!

    Stay on the ground

    Most emissions arise on the outward and return journeys. As soon as you stay on the ground with your means of transport, the greenhouse-gas emissions decrease to ¼ compared to flying. Obviously, the longer the distance, the more difficult it gets not to fly; but nearby destinations within Europe usually can be reached easily by car, or even better by bus or train. However, there is one exception: cruise ships – even though they do not fly, their impact on the environment is enormous.

    After your arrival, public transport and bicycle should be your first choice as well. By travelling with public transport you will also get to know the country and the everyday life of locals much better.

    “Why seek far afield when the good is close by?” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Mountains, forests, lakes, sea, castles, palaces and gorgeous old towns – Germany and Europe have so much more to offer than most of us think. Too often, we know the country we live in and the neighbouring countries much less than far off travel destinations. There is something going wrong, isn’t it? How about outdoor holidays in Thuringia? Hiking and mountain biking in beautiful forests, swimming in lakes surrounded by mountains and a visit of the magical dripstone cave in Saalfeld. The Elbe Sandstone Mountain, which is one of Germany´s most beautiful natural wonders, also receives too little consideration. More ideas on underestimated travel destinations within Germany you can find here.

    If, nevertheless, you decide to travel to a destination further away, distance and travel duration should fit together. Flying to another continent should be worth it. The trip to the States can by all means last some weeks or months so that you can fully enjoy it.

    Respect nature

    While considering which activities to choose, options should be critically examined. Are fun sports in fragile landscapes really necessary? Is the activity reasonable for this climate and landscape? Does the activity fit with the culture of that particular country? Playing golf in the desert and jet skiing through mangrove forests is not a good idea for sure.

    That you should not leave waste in the landscape as a tourist (just like at home) goes without saying. If you want to go a step further, buy a water filter for camping. In many countries you cannot drink tab water like in Germany; that is why a water filter is a solution not to rely on buying plastic bottles.

    Water is scarce?

    As a tourist you might easily enter into resource conflicts with locals. Where resources are rare already, locals can suffer due to the consumption of, for example, fresh water by the powerful tourist industry. Taking long showers and having your towels and linen washed every day are not appropriate then. When it comes to housing, the interests of tourists and locals might be contradictory as well. By renting holiday apartments through online platforms, landlords can potentially earn more money than by renting them permanently, which in some areas has led to former tenants being driven away and affordable housing becoming scarce. But not everything is negative – tourism can bring advantages for the host country as well. It can be an important source of income if we actively counteract the disadvantages of tourism. So how can we manage to visit a country in a way that makes the locals benefit and at the same time allows us to have an amazing holiday with great experiences?

    Local offers instead of all-inclusive

    Booking the whole trip in an all-round carefree package is easy, but often boring and the ones who benefit from it are usually large providers instead of locals. To simplify the decision for the conscious traveler, attempts are made to label accommodations and offers as ecological and fair. So rather than choosing the next best hotel chain, try to find private hotels and hostels, which have these labels. Often you can find much more country-specific aspects in small accommodations and it may happen that you get insider tips from the owners about where to have dinner. Apropos Dinner: Try country- or region-specific food and enjoy eating regional food in small local restaurants.

    However, exceptions confirm the rule. Not everything that is traditional can be recommended and helps the locals and the environment. For example, you should not enjoy your holidays on the back of elephants. If you would like to discover more about these fascinating animals, you can spend time with them in a nature conservation center.

    You would like to know more?

    Phew… these were quite a lot of aspects to consider. The good news is that a critical view at the existing offers can already help. If you are still not fed up and would like to increase your knowledge in some points, check out The platform brings light into the jungle of providers and information.

    If you are particularly interested into the topic of mobility and would like to use more sustainable transportation in your everyday life and in your holidays, have a look at the booklet „Nachhaltig bewegen und reisen“ of the Baden-Württemberg sustainability strategy. You can download it here for free (it is only available in German).

    If you feel like discovering your hometown first, we can recommend stattreisen to you. You can also find a group in Karlsruhe with diverse offers.

    Wherever your next journey will go to – we wish you a lot of fun and great experiences!


  3. Planet calling SOS! Der Planet ruft SOS! Gezegenimizden acil yardım çağrısı!

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    How to communicate the dimensions of environmental problems and the necessity for sustainable development? And how to do it in a way, everybody will understand – regardless which country they come from and what language they speak? From this idea developed the caricature exhibition „Planet calling SOS“, which will be presented at our Zukunftsraum in November and December.

    A picture is worth a thousand words. Whether it is a painting in a museum, graffiti on the wall or a photograph in a magazine, you can often understand the message without words. Pictures have a strong effect – and that’s exactly what the exhibition „Planet calling SOS“ is going for:

    Our planet needs help! We need to work together in order to protect the environment, on which our livelihood depends!

    That’s why INTEGRA Filder e.V. and the Turkish-English-German satire magazine Don Quichotte e.V. held the 1. International Caricature Competition with the topic “UN-Agenda 2030”. Participation was high: over 1000 caricatures were submitted from more than 60 countries. An international jury selected the 50 most expressive pictures are now on exhibition in different locations throughout Baden-Württemberg.



    With the help of the artists’ expressive pictures, the exhibition aims to raise awareness in our whole society – people with or without immigration background – and initiate a dialogue about sustainable development. Everyone should be aware that sustainability is important – and that we need it right now!

    A different kind of immigrant organisation

    INTEGRA refers to itself as a “somewhat different immigrant organisation”. Diversity and equal opportunities for everyone are their main goals, for which they work in education and with youth organisations. The basis of their work is in intercultural and global pedagogy, multilingualism and the criticisms of racism. Experiences of immigration and the immigration background of their members are considered a resource and a strength. Immigrants are encouraged to participate, for example as disseminators.


    Collaboration of different nationalities – this is how an exhibition arises out of some pictures!

    Young people with and without immigration background prepared the exhibition together and develop didactical materials for the travelling exhibition though Baden-Württemberg. Young people with good German skills support young refugees, strengthening their participation in the project. Erdoğan Karayel, caricaturist and editor of the newspaper Don Quichotte, is the artistic brain of the project. With methods of informal learning he conducts drawing workshops with the participating youngsters.

    Global challenges require global goals!

    The exhibition also shows – the topic concerns people around the world. The chosen pictures deal with the 17 UN goals of sustainable development – among those are „Climate Action“, „Responsible Production and Consumption“ and „Peace, Justice and strong institutions“. The goals were adopted in 2016 under the header „Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

    27 caricatures will be shown at the Future-Room (Zukunftsraum, Rintheimer Straße 46) from October 30th until December 11th 2018. The exhibition can be visited during regular opening hours (Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm & Thursday 9am to 6pm) and additionally on the two Sundays, November 11th and 25th from 3pm to 6 pm. October 30th at 3pm we open the exhibition with a vernissage.

    Come by and get an idea of the situation on our planet!

    Here you can find some additional information about the youth project “Planet calling SOS” (Link:


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    A new project starts in summer 2018, which will go along with us in the next years. In this article you will get to know what it is about, what you can expect and how you can bring forward your own ideas.

    Storage technologies, renewable energies and joint energy grids – energy systems become more complex in future. The electricity in the socket doesn’t have to come from a power plant anymore. Do we all become so called prosumers, who produce electricity themselves and live in smart homes?

    The energy transition is coming, but the changes give rise to several questions. This huge and ambitious project can’t be realized without public understanding and involvement. Everyone has to be informed about it in order that we can pull together. This is why an exchange of knowledge about the energy transition with contribution of district future will be started.

    As a result of the experience we gained in the real-world labs district future and real-world lab 131 during the last years, we were able to acquire this new project!

    Welcome Energy Transformation in Dialogue!

    First this new project (called “energy dialogue” in short) becomes a part of district future; later it will be a mainstay for the Karlsruhe Transformation Centre for Sustainable Futures and Cultural Change (KAT), which we described here already. The funding for energy dialogue is guaranteed for 30 months. After 2 years the project’s success is investigated and the time period will – hopefully – be extended to 4 years.

    The aim of the project is clear: We want to make the transformation of the German energy system intelligible to all in a new way and create new possibilities for participation at the same time. Therefore we will organise this dialogue, provide information and bring different actors together.

    So far, so good, but how does that work in concrete terms?

    It is not yet set in stone, but you can already look forward to plenty of videos with information and explanations, a tour about sustainable energy, a handful of scenario workshops, some transdisciplinary and transformative project seminars, real-world experiments and one citizen’s forum on sustainable energy. We don’t want a one-way communication. We want to impart knowledge, but on the same time gather your ideas and bring them in the scientific world.

    One workshop could be for example for low-income households, where we get to know your expectations and fears related to the energy transition and work out suggestions for improvement together.

    Different activities – different target groups!

    With this project we extent our target group to the whole city of Karlsruhe and beyond. Some parts can be used in the whole German-speaking world. Nevertheless some activities will still take place in Karlsruhe and the eastern town.

    The target group is as diverse as the activities. The different subprojects can address both the public and specific groups of players, for example representatives of the energy industry, players of the civil society or consumers’ associations, as well as teachers, energy advisors, students, early adopters, and so on.

    Do district future and the future space stay?

    Does that mean we realigned and are not present in the district anymore? No, don’t worry. As described above – the project energy dialogue becomes a part of district future now and builds a mainstay of KAT from 2020 on. Like that it will provide us even more opportunities to encourage a sustainable development and die energy transition together with you, the citizens of the eastern town. The future space will also be available as is usual for group meetings, events and communication.

    When does it start?

    The planning and preparation for the variety of activities start now. Next year, in 2019, several plans will be realised. Until then you need to be patient, but we will keep you informed!

    You can participate!

    Do you have an idea for a project or an activity, which we should not forget? It doesn’t matter, if you are a single person or want to get involved with your group – form the energy dialogue with us together! If you are interested, contact

    We look forward to an interesting time with you and energy dialogue!

  5. We and our things. From consumers to users of our products?

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    Each person living in Europe owns an average of 10 000 items – a figure set to increase. Antje Di Foglio of the District Future team is product designer and has been exploring the aging of things for years. She has a sustainable vision: Let us turn back into users of our products.

    During his first week in kindergarten without his mom, little Jonas takes his cuddly toy with him. Grandpa Karl flatly refuses to trash the old, tatty carpet in the hallway. The things and we – there is definitely something between us, some sort of relationship, a connection, some flying sparks.

    If we and our things have a common history: The owner of this polar bear is 25 years old. Picture: Antje Di Foglio.

    In fact the things that surround us are more than mere objects of utility. The wardrobe in the bedroom, my jeans, the walls in my parents’ house, the little wall in the garden: Our things are points of identity and key elements in our world and help us to position ourselves. Who am I and where am I at the moment? We can express ourselves with their help and have something to hold on to. But what do we do if the number of things in our life is ever increasing? And we replace, substitute, and dump them more and more rapidly to buy new ones? What does this do to us and our world?

    In fact the things that surround us are more than mere objects of utility. The wardrobe in the bedroom, my jeans, the walls in my parents’ house, the little wall in the garden: Our things are points of identity and key elements in our world and help us to position ourselves. Who am I and where am I at the moment? We can express ourselves with their help and have something to hold on to. But what do we do if the number of things in our life is ever increasing? And we replace, substitute, and dump them more and more rapidly to buy new ones? What does this do to us and our world?

    Things are manufactured to be consumed

    “Today, things are manufactured to be consumed”, states Antje, who studied at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe. While traditional materials like wood, metal, china, leather, and linen age with dignity and can outlive generations, most of the materials used today would only become shabby and damaged over the years. Shirts made of polyacrylics, sideboards made of pressboard, the sofa made of faux leather: “These materials do not age. They fall apart.”

    This is, according to Antje, not only due to an economic system which relies on “planned obsolescence”, i.e. the built-in defects of products. It is also a Western concept of esthetics which we have all taken in by now. “This is the Hellenistic view of the world in whose tradition we are rooted and are familiar with”, she explains. “Everything is about perfection and youth! Today, products should be beautiful, shiny, immaculate. It is about personal optimization by ‘doing more’ and ‘buying more’.” Beautiful means new. And what is not new can go.

    Wabi-sabi instead of everything new

    In Japan, Antje discovered an alternative way of seeing things, a theory of esthetics, a philosophy: It is called “wabi-sabi” and includes the aging, the imperfect, incomplete and ephemeral, discovers the beauty within. A wooden flooring with deep scratches due to decades of use by a family. A jacket which was elaborately, but still obviously mended. A broken china plate, which was put together using liquid gold.

    Impermanence in gold: the Japanese technique of Kintsugi. Picture: Wikipedia

    “Wabi-sabi is about honesty and authenticity”, says Antje. Things are allowed to tell their story. They can show that they are in use, being needed, and live together with their people.

    “The poor elves of Yiwu”

    Fact is: During the last century we have lost our connection to things by distinguishing between manufacture and consumption of products, between craftspeople, workers, and buyers. A global phenomenon, which turned low-wage countries into the Western world’s textile factory and workbench. One example are the Christmas villages in the Chinese city of Yiwu which gained a weird sort of fame. Two-thirds of all Christmas decorations are manufactured there. Without even knowing what they actually produce, the migrant workers there work by the piece for a pittance; the German newspaper FAZ once called them the “poor elves of Yiwu”. And published pictures of the Chinese photographer Chen Ronghui who shot a father and his son at work – standing in red paint and chemicals, their heads only poorly protected by Santa hats.

    Almost all Santa hats like this one are produced in the Chinese city of Yiwu.

    Is Yiwu everywhere? Probably it can be seen as a symbol for our unrelatedness to our things. And this venomed, Far Eastern Christmas idyll quite plainly shows the impacts of this disconnection: People and the environment are being exploited for products which did not come to stay. Year after year they end up on the scrapheap. Year after year we buy them anew.

    From consumers to users?

    But: What can the consumers do? And which potential for change is implied in the self-understanding of the manufacturers? Anyhow, for Antje both sides are responsible – and she believes that change is possible. “We, the designers, act in a complex and ramified area of conflict and bear a huge social and moral responsibility from which we should not escape, are not allowed to escape. We designers work for the people and on relationships, our esthetic order of things keeps them grounded in a chaotic world. Products have to become more sustainable, more ecological, and more humane. There must not be design just for the sake of design.” What would happen if we would treat the things with respect again, honor and respect the work and care of the manufacturers? If we surround ourselves with things that are allowed to age and live with us – wouldn’t we realize that we do not need so many new things?

    “‘Which are the things I like to live with? Which are the things I am related with?’ we could ask ourselves”, says Antje. “If we shop like this, we are also more likely to consume things which are more appreciated and loved and with which we want to live for a long time.” More and more consumers are, according to Antje, looking for the real, the true, for authenticity and meaning. “We are running short of resources, in a few decades the oilfields will be drained. A new understanding of the consumer will emerge. Maybe we could put it like this: We have to move on from consumers to users of our things.”“

    Antje Di Foglio studied product design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe. Her thesis “Spuren der Zeit” (The marks of time) dealt with the relationships and emotions into which people enter with their products – and their meaning for culture and society. A bound copy of her work is on display in the Future Space – come and have a look!
    As a member of District Future, Antje wants to show the people and citizens how small steps can actively make a change for ourselves and others and change our consumer behavior. Because we are sure: Buying has an effect – on the world we are part of, the world that surrounds us, the world to come, and ourselves. In the new year, we want to contribute to a conscious, sustainable, and more regional consumption and revive cultural skills like barter and repair. Together with you we would like to think about the way sustainable consumption could look like in Karlsruhe’s Oststadt. We will keep you informed on our website, Facebook & Twitter!

  6. The Future Space for Sustainability and Science

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    Der Zukunftsraum für Nachhaltigkeit und Wissenschaft, literally translated: “The Future Space for Sustainability and Science” is a common project of “District Future – Urban Lab” and “Urban Transition Lab 131”. Together both projects– in a transdisciplinary process – want to make contributions to a sustainable development of urban life in the city district “Oststadt” of Karlsruhe.

    The Future Space is…
    … a shared workspace for scientists and active stakeholders
    … a place of exchange and discussion about sustainable issues
    … a meeting point for active citizen groups
    … a place where knowledge is created and communicated

    Just come around, exchange ideas, get inspired and develop ideas for a sustainable district development. Play a part in your local environment/urban space.

  7. District Future starts in Karlsruhe Oststadt

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    It’s official now: The District Future project starts in the Oststadt of Karlsruhe. In the coming years, the existing district will be developed further towards sustainability in social, ecological, economic, and cultural terms. Together with the population, city administration, politics, industry, persons engaged in the cultural sector, and other actors of the urban society, old and new ideas as well as societal and technical innovations will be tried out in a number of projects. A series of kickoff events started in November 2013.


    “The decisive feature of the District Future project is the active participation of the public in the project area,” says project leader Dr. Oliver Parodi of ITAS. “Sustainability affects everybody and, ultimately, can succeed only in a common effort. Citizens, groups, artists and scientists, companies and associations: We warmly welcome everybody who is willing to contribute to a sustainable development of the city’s Oststadt and seeks to contact us.” The objective is to generate impulses in order to advance the sustainability development of the Oststadt in a long-term and cautious process. The intention is to establish structures which support to continue this development even after the official end of the project term.

    “Karlsruhe’s Oststadt offers ideal preconditions for this project: The urban district enjoys a great variety in socio-cultural, functional and architectural respects, a traditional dense network of local stakeholders, open-mindedness of the population, and proximity to the KIT, all of which constitutes an excellent breeding ground for new, sustainable urban development,” Parodi explains. This was a prerequisite for the District Future project to gain model character – for other districts of Karlsruhe, but also for other, especially European, cities. The project area was chosen on the basis of a thorough scientific analysis.

    The District Future project is also associated with the wish to bring science closer to the people – and vice versa. In Feburary 2014, there will a citizen meeting. Citizens then will have the opportunity to enter into an active dialog about future urban development and to address own ideas and activities for the Oststadt.
    2014 also will be the year to start first project activities in the project area. These could be activities in climate protection, recycle economy, health, education, energy supply, and projects, such as autonomous living for the elderly, neighborhood kitchens, an organic and regional evening market for the working population, a science shop, fast lanes for bikers, multi-generation houses, sidewalks and road pavements equipped with sensors, a center for subsequent use of empty urban space, street libraries. Specific projects could also be located in the urban space adjacent to the Oststadt.

    Information to the Citizens

    In recent months, some preliminary talks have been arranged with local stakeholders from industry, society, culture, and sports. Others will follow. On Tuesday, November 26, 2013, the approximately 7000 households in the project area received an information letter explaining the project and presenting the kickoff events in the winter of 2013 and the spring of 2014. The dialogue between the project team and the public is in the focus of all these events.

    Kickoff Events Launching the “District Future” Project:

    • RepairCafé

    Saturday, November 30, 2013, 4 – 8 p.m.
    Kinder- und Jugendhaus (Rintheimerstr. 47, 76131 Karlsruhe)

    This is an active contribution to resource conservation and against throwing away objects still fit for use: At the RepairCafé, participants can repair damaged household objects, such as small furniture items, bicycles and radios, or get advice on how to do the job. The team responsible for the District Future is supported by these projects: FabLab Karlsruhe, Transition Town Karlsruhe – Karlsruhe im Wandel, KonsumGlobal Karlsruhe, Gemeinwohl Ökonomie Karlsruhe, and many other groups committed to these endeavors.

    • District Future on Its Way!

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 12 noon – 6 p.m.

    Streets and squares in Karlsruhe Oststadt, including Tulla-Schule, Karl-Wilhelm-Platz, Alter Schlachthof

    The District Future Mobile can be found in the streets and squares of the Karlsruhe Oststadt: The District Future team invites people to exchange ideas about the sustainable development of Karlsruhe’s Oststadt. The Mobile can be found at the Tulla-Schule, the Karl-Wilhelm-Platz, and on the premises of the old slaughterhouse (Alter Schlachthof), among other places.

    • Citizen Meeting: Oststadt Perspective – Designing the District Future

    Sunday, February 9, 2014 I 12 noon – 7 p.m.

    Lichthof, BGV Versicherung, Durlacher Allee 56, 76131 Karlsruhe

    This is where dialog comes in: The District Future team presents the project and looks forward to your questions, criticism, and suggestions. There will be workshops for participants to introduce their ideas about sustainable urban life. Possible schemes for cooperation will be explored in an offer-request type of market. A cultural program will accompany the citizen meeting.

    • Debate: “Which kind of mobility do we need for the Oststadt’s future?

    Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6 – 8 p.m.

    alina café, Alter Schlachthof 39, 76131 Karlsruhe

    This is an entertaining event for exchanging perspectives and visions, from scientific to personal about future urban mobility, among invited participants and committed persons from the region.

    Further information

    Find pictures of the RepairCafé in the gallery.

    The program of the Citizen Meeting: Oststadt Perspective – Designing the District Future can be found here (German).

  8. World Clean up Day 2013 in Karlsruhe

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    World Cleanup Day 2013 in Karlsruhe: The District Future Urban Lab cleans up!

    On 21th September the World Cleanup Day 2013 takes place in Karlsruhe. It is the first time that the District Future cooperates with the initiator Bürgeraktion Sauberes Karlsruhe together with Karlsruhe Amt für Abfallwirtschaft and Karlsruhe city council. We warmly invite you to join the team between 9-17 on the Ludwigsplatz and making the city a better and cleaner place together. Let’s do it!

    Located on the Ludwigsplatz there will be an information stand for the Karlsruhe World Cleanup Day 2013. It offers both information about the necessary cleanliness of the city and ways we can contribute to it, as well as practical tools like gripping tongs and garbage bags for volunteers who want to participate hands-on. The District Future team cleans up, shares information about the project and discusses sustainable solutions to garbage-related problems.

    The World Cleanup Day 2013 belongs to the global network Let’s do it! World Cleanup. Since 2008 volunteer from more than 100 countries have been active in order to clean up our environment. From Germany citizen groups from Munich, Bochum, Leipzig, Hamburg, Berlin and Karlsruhe participated.


    World Cleanup Day 2013 in Karlsruhe, initiated by Bürgeraktion Sauberes Karlsruhe in cooperation with the District Future – Urban Lab

    Date & time: Saturday, 21th September 2013, 9.00 – 17.00

    Place: Karlsruhe city center, Ludwigsplatz-Waldstraße

    Further Information

    Let’s do it! World Cleanup Germany

    Let’s do it! World Cleanup

    Bürgeraktion Sauberes Karlsruhe (german)

    Facebook event (german)



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Service provider according to § 5 of the German Telemedia Act Karlsruhe Institute for Technology Kaiserstraße 12 76131 Karlsruhe Germany Tel.: +49 721 608-0 Fax: +49 721 608-44290 E-Mail: Legal Form: Corporation governed by public law Authorized Representatives: Prof. Dr. Holger Hanselka (President of KIT) Turnover Tax Identification Number: DE266749428 Responsible for the content according to § 55 of the German Interstate Broadcasting Agreement: Dr. Oliver Parodi Karlsruhe Institute for Technology Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis Karlstraße 11 76133 Karlsruhe E-mail: Editorial responsibility Alexandra Quint Karlsruhe Institute for Technology Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis Karlstraße 11 76133 Karlsruhe E-mail: Copyright For the internet pages of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the copyright and all other rights lie with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Kaiserstraße 12, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany. This also applies to the website of the project District Future. Further dissemination, also in parts, for pedagogic, scientific or private purposes is allowed, provided that the source is indicated (unless otherwise expressly stated on the respective page). Use for commercial purposes shall require the approval by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Contact the Public Relations and Marketing Department. Disclaimer for contents of site These internet pages serve for information only. Their contents were compiled with due diligence. However, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology shall not assume any liability, neither expressly nor implied, for the type, correctness, completeness and topicality of the material offered and shall not be liable (including liability for indirect loss or loss of profit) for the material or use of this material. In case contents of websites of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology violate valid legal regulations, we kindly ask you to inform us immediately. We will then remove the site or the respective contents immediately. Image rights The service provider has to its best knowledge applied for all rights of use for the photographs, graphics, sound documents and video sequences displayed on this site. Any person who feels his or her rights have been violated is kindly asked to contact the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in order to resolve the matter. Disclaimer for External Websites The websites of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology contain links to information offered by servers which are not subject to the control and responsibility of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology shall not assume any responsibility or guarantee for this information and shall not approve of or support such information in terms of contents. Privacy Policy Information on the Collection of Personal Data The operators of these websites take the protection of your personal data very seriously. Personal data are all data that can be related to you personally, such as name, address, email addresses, and user behavior (information referring to an identifiable natural person (Art. 4, No. 1 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR))). Controller according to Art. 4, par. 7 GDPR is the President of KIT, Professor Dr.-Ing. Holger Hanselka, Kaiserstrasse 12, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany, (see Legals). Our Data Protection Commissioner can be contacted at or by ordinary mail with “Die Datenschutzbeauftragte” (the data protection commissioner) being indicated on the envelope. When you contact us by electronic mail or via a contact form, the data given by you (your email address and, if applicable, your name and your phone number) will be stored by us to answer your questions. The data arising in this connection will be erased as soon as storage will no longer be required or processing will be restricted, if legal obligations to retain the data exist. We would like you to note that internet-based data transmission (e.g. when communicating by electronic mail) may have security gaps. Absolute protection of data against access by third parties may not be guaranteed. Collection of Personal Data When using the website for information purposes only, we will only collect the personal data that are transmitted by your browser to our server according to the settings made by you (server log files). For viewing our website, we collect the data required for this purpose and needed for ensuring stability and security according to Art. 6, par. 1, clause 1, (f) GDPR: Anonymized IP address, Date and time of access, Time zone difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), Content of the access (concrete site), Status of access/HTTP status code, Data volume transmitted, Website from which an accessing system reaches our website, Browser These data cannot be referred to certain persons. These data will not be combined with other data sources. We reserve the right to check these data later on, if concrete indications of unlawful use become known to us. SSL Encryption For reasons of security and for the protection of the transmission of confidential contents, such as inquiries sent to us as website operator, this website uses SSL encryption. In case of an encrypted connection, the address line of the browser changes from http:// to https:// and the lock symbol is indicated in your browser line. When SSL encryption is activated, third parties cannot read the data you transmit to us as a rule. Your Rights As far as your personal data stored by us are concerned, you have the following rights: Right of access, Right to rectification or erasure, Right to restriction of processing, Right to object to data processing, Right to data portability. In addition, you have the right to complain about the processing of your personal data by us with a supervisory authority. In the case of manifestly unfounded or excessive requests, we can charge a reasonable fee. Otherwise, information will be provided free of charge (Article 12, par. 5 GDPR). In the case of reasonable doubts concerning the identity of the natural person asserting the above rights, we may request the provision of additional information necessary to confirm the identity of the data subject (Article 12, par. 6 GDPR). Cookies In addition to the data mentioned above, cookies are stored on your personal computer when using our website. Cookies are small text files stored in your computer system by the browser used by you, through which we (the server of our website) obtain certain information. Cookies cannot execute any programs or transmit viruses to your computer. They serve to make internet offers more user-friendly, more effective, and quicker. It is distinguished between session cookies (transient cookies) and permanent (persistent) cookies. Transient cookies are deleted automatically when you close the browser. They include in particular the session cookies. These store a so-called session ID, through which queries of your browser can be allocated to the joint session. They allow us to identify your computer when you return to our website. Session cookies are deleted when you log out or close the browser. We use session cookies exclusively. We do not use any persistent cookies or flash cookies. You can set your browser such that you will be informed about the setting of cookies and you can permit cookies in individual cases only, exclude the acceptance of cookies in certain cases or in general, and activate automatic deletion of cookies when closing your browser. When deactivating cookies, functionality of this website may be limited. Newsletter and MailChimp If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter offered on this website, we require an e-mail address from you as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the email address provided and that you agree to receive the newsletter. The data entered in the newsletter registration form will be processed exclusively on the basis of your consent (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a DSGVO). You can revoke your consent to the storage of the data, the e-mail address and its use for sending the newsletter at any time, for example via the "unsubscribe" link in the newsletter. The legality of the data processing processes already carried out remains unaffected by the revocation. We use the online service MailChimp for sign up and email delivery. Mailchimp is offered by the company Rocket Science Group, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Suite 5000, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA. The Rocket Science Group LLC d/b/a MailChimp is certified by the Privacy Shield Framework and thereby guarantees to adhere to the European data protection level ( If you sign up for a newsletter, your name and email address are saved by MailChimp and used to send the newsletter to the email address you provided. In addition, MailChimp also collects the following information: if and when you open a newsletter, if you click the links in a newsletter, your IP address, the browser or email program you are using, and other details of this sort. MailChimp uses single-pixel GIFs (also known as web beacons) in newsletter emails to collect this information. We can view this information in the online service's interface. The legal basis for the use of your data is your click on the confirmation link for the newsletter you signed up for. You can cancel the newsletter at any time and in this way take back the use of your data. MailChimp's privacy policy can be found at Comments For the comments function on this website, apart from your comment, information on the time of the creation of your comment, your email address and the username you choose will be stored. User name, date and comment are visible on the website. The comments and the connected data (e.g. IP address) will be stored and stay on our website until the commented content has been deleted completely or if the comments have to be deleted for legal reasons (e.g. insulting comments). The storage of comments is processed exclusively on the basis of your consent (Art. 6 Paragraph 1 GDPR). The legality of the data processing processes carried out up to the revocation remains unaffected by the revocation. Social media plugins using the '2Click' solution On our website, so-called 'social plugins' ('plugins') from the social media networks Facebook and Google+ and the microblogging service Twitter are used. The companies Facebook Inc., Google Inc. and Twitter Inc. provide these services (‘providers’). Facebook is operated by Facebook Inc. (1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA),hereinafter 'Facebook'. An overview of the plugins from Facebook and what they look like can be found here: Google+ is operated by Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA),hereinafter 'Google'. An overview of the plugins from Google and what they look like can be found here: Twitter is operated by Twitter Inc. (1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103),hereinafter 'Twitter'. An overview of the Twitter buttons and what they look like can be found here: To increase the protection of your data during your visit to our website, the plugins are integrated into the site by means of a so-called '2Click' solution. This integration ensures that no connection is established at first with the servers of Facebook, Google and Twitter when you open a page on our website that contains such plugins. Only when you activate the plugins and grant your consent to transfer data, your browser will establish a direct connection with the Facebook, Google and Twitter servers. The content of each plugin is then transferred directly to your browser and integrated into the page. By integrating plugins, the providers receive the information that your browser has opened the specific page on our website, even if you do not have an account of the provider or are logged out of your account at that time. This information (including your IP address) is transferred by your browser to a Twitter server in the USA and stored there. If you are logged in into one of the social networks, the provider can connect the visit of our website to your facebook or Google+ account directly. Whenever you use the plugins (for example, by clicking the 'Like' button, the '+1' button or the 'tweet' button), the information in question is also transferred directly to a Twitter server and stored there. Furthermore, the information is published on the social network or Twitter and visible to your contacts there. The purpose and scope of the data collection and further processing and use of the data by the providers, as well as your rights and options for privacy protection settings can be found in their privacy policies. Privacy Policy of Facebook: Privacy Policy of Google: Privacy Policy of Twitter: Vimeo Our website uses plugins operated by Vimeo. The owner of the site is Vimeo Inc., 555 West 18th Street, New York, New York 10011, USA. When you visit one of our webpages that is fitted with a Vimeo plugin, a connection will be established to Vimeo’s server. The Vimeo server will then be informed about which of our webpages you have visited. Moreover, Vimeo will be informed about your IP-address. This also happens if you are logged out of your Vimeo account at the time or if you do not have a Vimeo account. If you are logged into your Vimeo account, you enable Vimeo to match your activities with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your account. We use Vimeo in the interest of making our online offerings more appealing. This represents a legitimate interest as described in Art. 6 Paragraph 1 GDPR. More information on how Vimeo handles user data can be found in Vimeo’s privacy policy: Open Street Map We used maps of the service “OpenStreetMap” (, which are provided on the basis of the Open Data Commons Open Database Lizenz (ODbL) by the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF). Information on how Vimeo handles user data can be found in Vimeo’s privacy policy: Matomo (Piwik) We have a legitimate interest (i.e. an interest in the analysis and optimisation of our website within the meaning of Article 6 (1f) GDPR) in the use of Matomo (Piwik), software designed to statistically evaluate user access. Your IP address is shortened before it is saved. Matomo uses cookies that are saved on the users' computers and make it possible to analyse use of this online service by the users. Pseudonymous use profiles may be created for the users during this. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this online service is stored on our server and not forwarded to third parties. You can opt out of this data processing as follows: