The CityScienceLab at the HafenCity University Hamburg investigates the urban challenges in the era of digitalization in cooperation with partners from civil society, politics, economy, and science. It pursues an inter- and transdisciplinary perspective by linking technical issues with social and cultural developments.
To contribute to making future cities more livable and efficient, the CityScienceLab develops digital city models– so-called CityScopes – on the basis of comprehensive urban data. CityScopes help visualize and simulate complex urban development processes.
The city-state of Hamburg is the ‘living lab’ in which urban transformations are being investigated and new solutions are developed all the way up to the level of urban applications. As well the CityScienceLab has a close cooperation with the City Science Group of the MIT Media Lab (Cambridge/USA). Furthermore the research network of the CityScienceLab includes different partner from civil society, academic and private sector.
The project FindingPlaces, as a participative searching for refugees accommodation, started in May 2016 and won afterwards the Good Practice Award from the URBACT-Program of the EU.
This have been the beginning of more innovative research projects at the CityScienceLab in context of urban digitalisation with topics like digital participation, urban data platform or e-culture.