Rapid Planning

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Rapid Planning

Rapid Planning: - sustainable infrastructure, environmental and resource management for highly dynamic metropolises

Project Duration:                         01.04.2014 – 31.03.2019
Project Sponsor:                         Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Project Management Agency:   PT-DLR

Rapid Planning (RP) is an action and user oriented research project that was developed on the basis of the experiences and the know-how gained from the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany) research program “Future Megacities” (2008-2014).

The rapid urbanisation and the associated, necessary adaption to changing frameworks require a rapid and efficient planning methodology, but the experience is that there is a lack of reliable data to support such a kind of methodology. Starting from these findings the overall goal of Rapid Planning is the development of a quick-to-implement trans-sectoral planning methodology for highly dynamic metropolises. As a systemic approach this methodology allows the simultaneous consideration of different infrastructure sectors and shows their interlinkages. The focus is thereby on urban basic services and infrastructure, specifically targeting supply and disposal infrastructure. In particular the service sectors for energy, water, waste water, solid waste and urban agriculture/ food systems are covered by the project. The methodologically structured and transferable Rapid Planning approach for cross-sectoral infrastructure planning in fast growing metropolitan areas and the included implementation of related capacity building measures will enable the identification and exploiting of so far unused inter-sectoral synergy potentials. This approach shall represent an important contribution to sustainable urban and regional development in the future.

For the development and the evaluation of the Rapid Planning methodology in different social, political and economic contexts the following highly dynamic metropolises were selected as project case cities:

  • Da Nang, Vietnam
  • Kigali, Rwanda
  • Assiut, Egypt
  • Frankfurt a.M., Germany

The Rapid Planning approach of an integrated, trans-sectoral planning methodology for sustainable, basic services and infrastructure as well as for the environmental and resource management in rapidly growing cities will also be applicable in further urban agglomerations in the northern and southern hemisphere in order to develop strategies for adaption to the consequences of globalization. On this account the Rapid Planning methodology will also be conceived and launched as a guideline (incl. information on technologies, methods, tools, experiences etc.). In closed cooperation with UN-Habitat the project results additionally will be evaluated in terms of their transferability to other fast growing metropolises and disseminated via international transfer workshops.

The goals of the joint research project Rapid Planning are to be achieved within a time-frame of five years by means of a logical framework featuring 15 work packages, processed by the individual project partners (partly jointly). Thereby AT-Verband is responsible for the overall project coordination and the project management. In addition AT-Verband leads the work packages for the developing of the trans-sectoral Rapid Planning methodology and the associated guideline as core products of the project. Furthermore, AT-Verband is deeply involved in the activities for testing the transferability of the results as well as in activities for the practical project implementation and for change-management processes.

Rapid Planning is funded by the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany) and is jointly carried out with the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) and the following partners:

  • AT-Verband, association for the promotion of socially & environmentally appropriate technologies e.V.
  • Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg
  • Frankfurt University of Applied Science
  • Institut für Automation und Kommunikation (ifak); Magdeburg
  • Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU)
  • IUWA – Institute for Eco-Industrial Analysis
  • Institute for Future Energy Systems (IZES)
  • Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences, Campus Suderburg
  • Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)
  • University of Stuttgart Institute of Energy Economics and the Rational Use of Energy (IER)
  • Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen Faculty of Science, Department of Geosciences, Chair of Geoinformatics
  • UN-Habitat – United Nations Human Settlements Programme