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Sustainable Development of Urban Regions – SURE

The BMBF funding priority »SURE« is application-oriented research. Project teams from science, civil society, business, politics and administration work together to develop practical solutions for more sustainable and resilient cities and regions in Southeast Asia and China.

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Sustainable Urban Regions

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Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Sustainable urban transformation
  • Energy and resource-efficient building
  • Integrated urban neighbourhood development
  • Promotion of urban quality of life
  • Urban greening and urban climate
  • Environmentally friendly behaviour and sustainable lifestyles


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Energy efficient society
  • Sustainable utilisation concepts for historic wooden houses
  • Increase of indoor comfort
  • Improvement of air quality
  • Urban quality of life


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Sustainable supply and waste infrastructure
  • Social and environmentally sustainable technologies
  • Conceptual and technical synergies
  • Resource-efficiency
  • Urban-regional cooperation
  • Sustainable urban-rural development
  • Implementation processes


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Earth observation, mapping and analysis of nature and infrastructure
  • Modelling and scenario development of flood events
  • Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction
  • Strengthening climate resilience
  • »FRAME« information system for risk-informed planning
  • Adaptive and sustainable urban development


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Strengthening climate resilience
  • Modelling of nature-based solutions and blue-green infrastructure
  • Participation, co-learning and co-creation
  • Sustainable urban transformation
  • Heat adaptation and air quality improvement
  • Improving the urban quality of life


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Strategic planning of »green infrastructure«
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Sustainable urban development
  • Climate protection and adaptation
  • Knowledge transfer into planning practice


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Integrated urban development and sustainable neighbourhoods
  • Urban quality of life
  • Environmentally friendly behaviour and sustainable living
  • Strategic risk reduction of informal settlements
  • Improving socio-economic vulnerability
  • Participatory urban development
  • Transferability of resilient urban planning


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Integrative, sustainable risk management
  • Concepts of multiple risk prevention
  • Culturally adapted risk prevention
  • Protection of personal documents
  • Securing of critical infrastructure
  • »Build back better« strategies


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Water-sensitive transformation of urban spaces
  • Sustainable water management
  • Efficient municipal services of general interest
  • Resilience to droughts and floods
  • Reliable drinking water and sanitation supply
  • Urban quality of life


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Strategic planning and governance tools
  • Integrated territorial development
  • Strengthening urban-rural relations
  • Strengthening circular development
  • Urban-rural material flows, socio-spatial practices and migration
  • Urban-rural landscape typologies and ecosystem services
Sustainable Urban Regions


Case Study presented of Build4People’s Ecocity Transition Lab during Training Workshop organized by Board of Architects of Cambodia of Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction

Sustainable Urban Regions

On 19 October 2022, the Board of Architects of Cambodia (BAC) of the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and…

Build4People Work Package “Urban Green Infrastructures”: Thermal UAV System granted to research partner at Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh

Sustainable Urban Regions

During the most recent stay of the Build4People team in Phnom Penh in October 2022, the Build4People consortium leader Dr…

Our Events

PolyUrbanWaters National Stakeholder Workshop


Last week, the PolyUrbanWaters team organised the three-day National Stakeholder Workshop in Laos Vietnam. There, PolyUrbanWaters, together with the project implementation committee, presented the key findings of the draft baseline study and the first urban development.
After an engaging and productive week. During which the interdisciplinary project partners of the Project Implementation Committee developed a better awareness of the current and future challenges, opportunities and optional strategies.

“Urban Quality of Life” Workshop at Magdeburg University


On 24 November 2022, the Build4People Urban Quality of Life Workshop took place at Magdeburg University. For Build4People urban quality of life is the common link of our scientific-conceptional, analytical and normative dimension, which we consider to be the general foundation for our people-driven approach.

SURE on Twitter

You couldn’t follow SURE’s side event at #COP27 live? No problem: The video is available online.
Among other things, Prof. Frauke Kraas @UniCologne summarised key findings of the #MYrisk research and highlighted further research gaps:


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