WP5: Urban Planning for Smart & Resilient Cities & Communities


Changing boundary conditions require smart urban planning to react effectively and with a degree of resilience to potential future risks such as climate change, weather hazards and depletion of natural resources, but also changing regulatory and market uncertainties. To account for these risks adequately, technical solutions have to be adapted for buildings and cities of the future. Strategies include the protection of the population from negative effects on health and comfort from local urban overheating, e.g. during heat waves, in a changing climate change while at the same time reducing CO2 emissions of buildings by increasing building energy efficiency and integration of renewables.


The research activities within this work package are structured into three modules:

  1. Urban Form and Infrastructure of Smart Cities
  2. Future Market Options
  3. Beyond Direct Energy Impacts and Direct Costs (2020+)

Research Partners


  • Laboratory for Urban Energy Systems
  • Laboratory for Multiscale Studies in Building Physics

ETH Zurich

  • Chair of Building Physics
  • Group for Sustainability and Technology

EPFL, Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory

Hochschule Luzern

Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Institute of Energy in Building

University of Geneva, Chair for Energy Efficiency